MA English Language and Linguistics

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Share your love of language with some of the most enthusiastic experts in the world.

I chose to do my MA with the School of English mainly because of the flexibility the degree can offer here.

Postgraduate student in the School of English

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

The MA offers world-leading expertise in all areas of English language and linguistics, including language variation and change, psycholinguistics and syntax to conversation analysis, dialectology and the language-literature interface.

You'll study the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language with the possibility of studying other modern languages as well, if you choose.

There are four pathways to choose from: Literary Linguistics, Social and Historical Approaches, Structural and Theoretical Linguistics, and Modern Languages (co-run with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures). You can follow one exclusively or combine the four.

Yiding Zhao, postgraduate student in the School of English

Core module

  • Research Methods

Optional modules

  • Linguistics in Context
  • Linguistics in Practice
  • Research Practice
  • Literary Language: Narrative and Cognition
  • Literary Language: History and Culture
  • Work Placement with Research Project

Teaching

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Work placement opportunities in schools, museums, libraries or local businesses

Assessment

Assessment varies by module, but includes:

  • Essays
  • Presentations

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

You’ll study the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language with the possibility to study other modern languages as well, if you choose.

There are four pathways to choose from: Literary Linguistics, Social and Historical Approaches, Structural and Theoretical Linguistics, and Modern Languages (co-run with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures). You can follow one exclusively or combine the four.

The Literary Linguistics pathway examines a range of approaches to literary linguistic study including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology; Social and Historical Approaches investigates complex real-world language problems in different social and historical contexts; Structural and Theoretical Linguistics explores the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language; and Modern Languages offers students the opportunity to study similar aspects of Slavic, Germanic and/or Romance languages.

As your understanding of theory develops, you’ll learn how to analyse language and how to carry out research projects. If you choose a work placement, you might also develop skills in marketing, archiving, teaching or publishing.

Yiding Zhao, postgraduate student in the School of English

Core module

  • Research Methods.

Examples of optional modules

  • Linguistics in Context
  • Linguistics in Practice
  • Research Practice
  • Literary Language: narrative and cognition
  • Literary Language: history and culture
  • Work Placement with Research Project

Teaching and assessment

The MA offers world-leading expertise in all areas of English language and linguistics, and is therefore capable of offering the best possible support for students’ interests on any topic. You’ll benefit from our expertise in many fields, from language variation and change, psycholinguistics and syntax to conversation analysis, dialectology and the language–literature interface. Our enthusiastic staff publish internationally. Within the School of English, we hold weekly research seminars which give you the chance to hear about the latest developments.

You’ll be taught through seminars and workshops. There are also work placement opportunities in schools, museums, libraries or local businesses. Assessment varies by module, but includes essays and presentations.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in English or a related subject

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Jackie Elkington
E: j.elkington@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0211

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.