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University of Leicester: English Language and Linguistics

Institution University of Leicester
Department School of English
Study type Taught


More than one billion people speak English. But there’s still much to glean from the way it works and how it’s used. In this degree, you’ll delve deeper into the English language and linguistics, and learn how to collect and analyse data along the way.

The MA in English Language and Linguistics combines an intensive introduction to linguistic methodologies and research skills with detailed study of your chosen areas of linguistics or English language study. We understand that there is a great deal of variation in undergraduate courses so the English Language and Linguistics programme has been designed to give you a foundation in a broad range of linguistic methodologies and approaches, whilst building upon your existing knowledge.

You will study English Linguistics from current synchronic and diachronic perspectives, as well as developing skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of data of many kinds and from many sources. Your ability to present and use data effectively in response to research questions will be invaluable in many professional settings. We will also be developing your ability to reflect critically on the knowledge and understanding you have gained as well as on your own learning and communication skills.

This course offers the opportunity to write a 15,000-word dissertation with one-to-one support from your supervisor. This will act as an excellent grounding in research if you're thinking of continuing to doctoral level, whilst also providing evidence of a wide range of transferable skills for those wishing to pursue careers in other areas.

You will develop transferable skills in: •written and spoken communication •the collection, analysis and evaluation of data of many kinds and from many sources •methodologies for understanding and analysing language •independent scholarly enquiry • information retrieval and presentation


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