University of Leicester

School of English

English Language and Linguistics MA



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Online

Program Description:

Course aims 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. Course Structure Year 1 Description of English English Language and Linguistics Research one optional module Year 2 Language, Discourse and Society one optional module Dissertation 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.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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