MA Linguistics and English Studies

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MA Linguistics and English Studies is designed to cater to students with interests across linguistics, literature and film, and makes use of structures, staff and units from MA Linguistics and English Language and MA English Studies.

The majority of the staff have internationally recognised academic expertise in their specialist areas. There are two paths through the course, both with elements of internal choice, offering students considerable freedom in choosing a path which matches their interests. 

Postgraduate loans are available for this course.

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 is available to all students through The Writing Project and also specifically for International students through Coaching for Academic English. 

Career Prospects

Career paths for graduates include publishing, copywriting, advertising, media, marketing, social research, libraries and information, public relations, international relations, teaching, arts administration, advertising, film and television, journalism, business, public relations and politics and other careers which require a critical awareness of aspects of contemporary culture and an ability to assimilate and present coherent arguments. 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 undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in English, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, or a related/compatible subject or combination of subjects.  Candidates with a lower second-class degree or degrees from unrelated disciplines are however encouraged to apply and will be considered on their merits, as will people with non-traditional qualifications

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

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

Core units -
• Sound, Structure, Meaning: Describing Language
• Research Methods
• Dissertation
• Practices (Pathway A only)

Plus for Pathway B one of the following -
• Time
• Space
• The Rise of the Gothic
• Twentieth Century Gothic

Indicative option units -

• Forensic Linguistics
• Social Psychology of Language
• Educational Linguistics
• Independent Study
• Sociolinguistics
• Discourse Analysis
• Pragmatics
• Language, Culture and Communication

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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.

Research Methods (Languages)

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

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.

Practices (Pathway A only)

The unit sets out to introduce subject specific and professional skills in practice. The unit houses a research seminar series featuring six papers/readings by leading academics and writers which students are required both to attend and to reflect upon via a range of exercises using social media platforms: blogs, Twitter, SlideShare, YouTube or Vimeo. Students will also learn how to develop a web presence for their work (using LinkedIn and other platforms) and will work together to design, organise, publicise and manage an MA conference at which they will present their plans for their dissertation projects. The unit also furnishes students with the skills they require to devise and complete an independent research project.

Likely Optional Units

The Rise of the Gothic

The unit provides a historical overview of the rise of Gothic literature from the Renaissance to 1900 and an introduction to current debates in Gothic studies. Topics to be covered include: Gothic Renaissance (Shakespeare and Jacobean revenge drama); Eighteenth-Century Gothic fiction (Walpole, Lewis, Radcliffe); Gothic Romanticism (Dacre, poetry and visual art); Nineteenth-Century American Gothic (Hawthorne, Poe, Brockden  Brown); Victorian Gothic (Emily Bronte, ghost stories, Bram Stoker, H.G.  Wells);  Critical consideration of debates in Gothic studies about the Female Gothic, queer Gothic, the uncanny and the doppelganger.

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.


This unit introduces students to a range of literary, cinematic and theoretical constructions of space, place, nation and the world in contemporary culture. The unit considers the concept of space in the following contexts: Postmodernity and Post-postmodernity; Globalisation, geopolitics and neoliberalism; Nation; The city; Suburbia; Indigeneity; Post- and neo-colonialism; Border spaces and border crossings; Corporate spaces; Virtual and digital spaces. We explore these contexts through a close critical analysis of literary and cinematic mediations of post 9/11 culture and the war on terror, cultural representations of contemporary geopolitics, the US/Mexico border, land abuse in Australia, urban/suburban fears, corporate culture and the logic of marketization, virtual space and concepts of security and risk in a digital culture.


The unit provides a general overview of these concepts in relation to post-postmodernism, and then focuses on issues such as contemporary witnessing, the repression and rewriting of history, postcolonial trauma, and the trace of the past. The unit covers themes including post-postmodernism and meta-modernism, the role of twenty-first-century fiction in the representation of the past, the relevance and future of trauma theory, the im/possibility of contemporary witnessing, the neglect of postcolonial trauma, and the relationship of genre and form to representation (encompassing the novel, film and poetry).

Twentieth Century Gothic

This unit is explores key Gothic texts of the twentieth century and the critical debates that inform our understanding of them. Students will study a range of British and American literary and filmic texts drawn from Gothic submodes (such as the weird and the grotesque) against their historic and cultural context; developments in the representation of the monster (such as the vampire, the zombie and the serial killer); and the most significant debates in modern Gothic Studies.

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.

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, 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.

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.


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.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


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

Specialist 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 each year for books and printing.

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