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University of Glasgow: English Language and Linguistics

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Critical Studies
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

This Masters will equip you with the key linguistic and technical research skills to explore the structure and everyday use of English, past and present, from Anglo-Saxon manuscripts to medieval letters, from speech to semantics, from language experiments to investigating vast text corpora. If you have little or no background in English Linguistics, we have a range of introductory courses which progress to more advanced courses, allowing you to develop theoretical and methodological background for you to carry out your own research study. If you have taken linguistics before, and want to deepen your interests, we offer advanced courses which will allow you to deepen your existing understanding and skills, to carry out your own research project.

You can study options from a wide range of historical and contemporary areas of English Language and Linguistics.

Its flexibility allows you to tailor the course to your own interests, so you can gain research expertise and key linguistic, technical, and study skills in the analysis of spoken and written English across all periods of English.

  • We cater both for students who have little or no background in linguistics and also for students with a background in language and linguistics who wish to carry out more sophisticated independent research in a particular area.
  • Your courses will be taught by expert academic staff who have directed and are currently directing research projects (e.g. Seeing Speech, Sounds of the City, One Speaker Two Dialects, the Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA), Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS) among others).
  • We have outstanding resources in English Language and Linguistics, such as the Glasgow University Archives, Special Collections (which includes a large collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts and early printed books) and the Glasgow University (with a speech recording studio).
  • You can, if you wish, select one or two of your options from other available courses in the College of Arts.
  • We have close links with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, giving you access to additional training courses for graduate students.

You will take:

  • One core course
  • Five optional courses

You will also produce an independent, small-scale research project.

Semester One: September to December

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS - RESEARCH TRAINING (Core)
  • Two optional courses

Semester Two: January to March

  • Three optional courses

Summer: April to September

  • MSC DISSERTATION IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS

Optional courses

Optional courses (currently provisional) may include:

Semester 1

  • HISTORY OF ENGLISH (PGT)
  • INTRODUCTION TO PHONETICS (PGT)
  • INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLINGUISTICS (PGT)
  • SEMANTICS OF ENGLISH (PGT)
  • INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLINGUISTICS (PGT)
  • TOPICS IN PHONETICS
  • TOPICS IN SOCIOLINGUISTICS
  • EARLY MODERN MANUSCRIPTS FOR RESEARCH
  • ONOMASTICS
  • MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 (PGT)

Semester 2

  • CORPUS LINGUISTICS (PGT)
  • APPROACHES TO SCOTS IN SPEECH AND TEXT
  • LANGUAGE AND THE GLOBAL CAMPUS: LINGUISTIC ISSUES IN THE INTERNATIONALISATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
  • CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
  • EDITING HISTORICAL ENGLISHTEXTS (PGT)
  • EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS
  • INTRODUCTION TO OLDER SCOTS (PGT)
  • MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE 1 (PGT)
  • METHODS IN WRITTEN TEXT ANALYSIS
  • METHODS IN PHONETICS (PGT)
  • METHODS IN SOCIOLINGUISTICS (PGT)
  • OLD ICELANDIC LANGUAGE (PGT)
  • MULTILINGUALISM: INDIVIDUALS, INSTITUTIONS AND SOCIETY

Some students take our programme as a secondment from an ongoing teaching or professional education position. Others continue into employment in language teaching, journalism, or other kinds of industrial or commercial research. The programme is also an excellent foundation to doctoral research.

MSc

University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

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  • ranked joint 92nd in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2021
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