English Language and Linguistics
School of English,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
You’ll study the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language with the option to study other modern languages as well.
There are four flexible pathways available. You can follow one exclusively or combine different areas of study.
The Literary Linguistics pathway examines a range of approaches 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. Modern Languages (co-run with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures) offers 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.
- Research Methods
- Linguistics in Context
- Linguistics in Practice
- Research Practice
- Literary Language: Narrative and Cognition
- Literary Language: History and Culture
- Work Placement with Research Project
You also have the option to choose modules (dependent upon yearly availability) from other postgraduate programmes in the University, such as English Literature, School of Languages and Cultures, History, or Human Communication Sciences.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
We have expertise in all areas of English language and linguistics so we can offer the best possible support for students’ interests on most topics. 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 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.
I have always been interested in social variation and have been keen to find ways to address social inequality. Using language as a measure of social difference, it is possible to provide empirical data that can be used to challenge prejudice and evaluate social change.
Assessment varies by module, but includes essays and presentations.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in linguistics, English language and/or literature, or a modern language.
Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
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.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 0236
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.