English Linguistics (Distance Learning) - MA



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  • Type


  • Methodology

    Distance Learning

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Start date

    October 2021
    other dates

  • Online campus


  • Delivery of study materials


  • Support service


  • Virtual classes


The MA in English Linguistics is a flexible distance-learning programme. You can work at your own pace fitting your study around work and other commitments.

The programme is well established, having been introduced in 1992, but it continues to evolve. It’s now delivered via the Moodle virtual learning environment with interactive content being developed exclusively for MA students.



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About this course

This programme will enable you to develop advanced analytical skills and in-depth linguistic knowledge, and to gain experience as an independent researcher. It begins with the Language Description module, designed to give you confidence in working with the essential building blocks of linguistic analysis: grammar, morphology, and phonology. You’ll then study Data, Theory & Method, covering topics such as hypothesis testing, the role of linguistic theory, data collection, academic referencing and research ethics. There are optional modules too, covering topics such as sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, spoken discourse analysis, and the history of the English language. In choosing three of these modules you can tailor your studies to your individual interests and career aspirations. The final dissertation is a piece of original research on a topic of your choice.

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market. It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

You would normally have a UK or internationally recognised honours degree, or its equivalent, in any relevant subject. An alternative would be an ordinary degree/teaching certificate and two to three years' teaching experience. Extra information for EU/International students For anyone who has studied at undergraduate level in a non-English-speaking country, we also require an English Language qualification equivalent to a British Council IELTS score of 7.0.

The course is taught by leading authorities in the field. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework judged that 76.3 per cent of the books and articles written by School of English lecturers were either world-leading or internationally excellent, putting us in the top 20 English departments in the country. You'll be given support and guidance from our dedicated team of staff throughout. The MA is delivered entirely through distance-learning with no requirement for you ever to attend the University. The course is designed for maximum flexibility, with a generous time limit of 6 months for each module (16 months for the dissertation) and a 5 year maximum enrolment period overall. Fees are charged on a modular basis as you progress through the course, with no up-front costs. This is a chance for you to study a subject you love at your own pace, anywhere in the world.

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  • English Language
  • Report Writing
  • English
  • Phonology
  • Data Collection
  • Grammar
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Morphology
  • Language Acquisition
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • English Linguistics
  • Linguistic Theory
  • Articles

Course programme


In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):
  • Language Description
  • Data Theory And Method In Linguistics
  • Major Project (dissertation)
In order to complete this course you must also successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.
  • Analysis of Spoken Discourse
  • History Of The English Language
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics

Additional information

Starting: October 2021, January 2022, April 2022, July 2022

UK Students 

Mode - Distance Learning
Duration - 2-5 years
Fees - £800 per 20-credit module

International Students 

Mode - Distance Learning 
Duration - 2-5 years 
Fees - £800 per 20-credit module

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English Linguistics (Distance Learning) - MA

Price on request