MA Linguistics and English Language

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This versatile master's programme provides students with a solid understanding of the basis of language and linguistics, enabling you to develop valuable insight into the relationship between language, culture and society.

The course emphasises the practical application of linguistic theories to the wider social context and aims to enhance your analytical skills by introducing different approaches to the analysis of language in use. You will be taught by renowned academics that are actively involved in current research; they bring their experience to the classroom, using it to inform their teaching and ensuring up-to-date, relevant content on all the course units. You will also be supported throughout your studies by our excellent network of student support services, enabling the opportunity for you to achieve to your full potential.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is offering scholarships worth £2,000 for graduates with a first class honours or upper second class degree. Excellence scholarships are available to full-time home and EU students for 20/21 entry. Find out more on our postgraduate funding pages.

Features and Benefits

Key skills developed include:

Other transferable skills include:

Extra support for academic writing available to all students through The Writing Project and also specifically for International students through Coaching for Academic English. 

Career Prospects

Career paths for Linguistics and English Language graduates include working as a lexicographer, or in publishing, copywriting, advertising, media, marketing, social research, libraries and information, public relations, international relations and many more. This programme will also prepare students for further study at PhD level.

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Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second-class UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) in Linguistics, English Language, English, Education or a related/compatible subject or combination of subjects. Candidates with a lower second-class degree or degrees from unrelated disciplines are however encourages to apply and will be considered on their merits, as will people with non-traditional qualifications.

Course details

The academic staff involved in the MA Linguistics and English Language are actively involved in current research, and they bring this experience to the classroom by using it to inform their teaching, thus ensuring up-to-date, relevant content on all the course units, delivered by published experts.

Core units -

  • Sound, Structure, Meaning: Describing Language
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Language, Culture and Communication

Indicative option units -

• Language in a Globalised World
• Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
• Multimodality, Technology and Language Teaching
• Forensic Linguistics
• Social Psychology of Language
• Educational Linguistics
• Independent Study

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Core Units


This unit is an opportunity for you to use your developing research skills to produce an extended piece of writing at postgraduate level. You will select a topic of interest to you, devise a research question or a set of related questions, do extensive reading in primary and secondary sources, design and carry out an appropriate investigation into the research - and write up the results in the form of a dissertation.

Discourse Analysis

This unit will equip you to use a range of discourse analytic techniques (manual and corpus assisted) applied to empirical data from the immediate social context.

Language, Culture and Communication

This unit addresses the relationship between language, culture and communication in a globalising world, with increasing transnational flows interacting with changing local complexities.


You will critically engage with different ways of assessing meaning in context, and develop skill-sets to carry out your own pragmatic research at an advanced level.

Research Methods (Languages)

You will critically review research paradigms methodologies and design aspects of published research, and practise conducting research and reporting findings.


This unit introduces you to the relationship between language, society and  identity in relation to factors such as gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality and age.

Sound, Structure, Meaning: Describing Language

This unit will provide you with the terminology and techniques needed to describe and analyse language in relation to its sounds, structure and meaning.

Likely Optional Units

Independent Study (Languages)

This unit allows you to pursue an area of interest which is not covered by the other units usually on offer, yet which falls within the area of expertise of one of the teaching team. The specific focus of the unit, the content of the unit, and the precise nature of the assignment will be negotiated between the student, the tutor and the programme leaders. This will be an appropriate topic area within TESOL or Linguistics, perhaps relating to a language other than English, or a specialism not covered by one of the other units.

Educational Linguistics

This unit examines the roles of language and linguistics in a range of educational settings and practices.

Forensic Linguistics

Forensic linguistics explores the interface between language and the law, and draws on all levels of language. Through consideration and analysis of forensic data, you will be introduced to key issues specific to forensic linguistic analyses (eg data collection and ethics). You will explore the use of language in linguistic issues arising from key stages of the criminal justice system (including, for instance, during emergency calls to the police, police interviews, and during various stages of courtroom trials).

Language in a Globalised World

The course engages with and responds to contemporary issues pertinent to language and globalisation, drawing on current debates on the status of English in the world.

Learning and Teaching Vocabulary

The unit examines theories and principles underlying vocabulary teaching, and a range of techniques and approaches to teaching, learning and assessing vocabulary.

Multimodality, Technology and Language Teaching

On this unit you will engage with the importance of using technology, media and digital media in language learning and teaching. You will be trained to use digital resources for your classes. You will also develop your digital literacy and online presence so as to become independent, networked practitioners and researchers.

Social Psychology of Language

This unit examines social-psychological factors and language-based evaluations across social contexts. It covers theories and methodologies for investigating language features, attitudes, and perceptions.

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students, and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business and International Politics.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2667 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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