The MA in English Language and Linguistics offers you the opportunity to develop your linguistic skills and knowledge and to focus on the areas of linguistics or English language study that interest you most. You will acquire a well-structured knowledge base for the systematic study of the English language. You will develop your communication skills as well as your skills in collecting and handling data. You will also acquire advanced research skills to enable independent scholarly enquiry.
Description of English
English Language and Linguistics Research
one optional module
Language, Discourse and Society
one optional module
Typical optional modules are listed below, although the precise selection may vary from year to year:
Words and Word Meanings
Managing Knowledge: Dictionaries and Ideology
Gender, Language and Discourse
Narrative: Theories, Texts and Practices
Sex and Sexuality in Old English Literature
Teaching and assessment methods
This distance learning course consists of carefully designed teaching material and readings, supported by online activities and discussions. We understand that, as a distance learning student, you are combining study with a range of personal and professional commitments so the modules are structured accordingly, with time built in for you to complete assignments and read around your subject.
The course is assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, reflective journals, portfolios and online tests. There are no written examinations and it is not necessary to come to Leicester to be assessed.
However, if you are able to come to Leicester occasionally, there is an optional study programme each Easter, which focuses on the development of dissertation proposals. In addition to which, you are welcome to join other campus-based activities (by prior arrangement) at any time.
University of Leicester
International Student Requirements:
You must also be able to demonstrate that you meet the University’s English language requirements, with IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing) or the equivalent if required.