Northumbria University Newcastle

English Language and Linguistics MA

Our new English Language and Linguistics Masters programme offers a solid grounding in key areas of linguistics and is designed for those who want to further their study of a wide range of areas of linguistics at a higher level.  

Northumbria’s MA English Language and Linguistics builds on the broad range of research expertise in the English department and will give you the chance to explore a wide range of linguistic specialisms. 

During the course, you will explore key concepts and theories involved in the study of language as well as examining theories which lie behind the analysis of linguistic structure, acquisition and use, and its interfaces with other disciplines. You will also gain an in-depth knowledge of the conceptual and analytical tools necessary to conduct informed and responsible enquiry at postgraduate level in Linguistics  Topics you could choose to study include world Englishes, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language variation and change, the evolution of language, and forensic linguistics. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in Linguistics, English Language or a relevant related discipline.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no component to be under 6.0

Career Prospects

  • Employability is embedded into the programme at all stages, in the form of encouraging life-long learning, critical skills and attitudes, presentation skills, and reflective and evaluative abilities. Upon completion of the programme, you will be self-motivating, show initiative and personal responsibility, be capable of making decisions in complex situations, and possess a thirst for independent learning. 
  •  In addition to these personal skills, as a graduate you will have demonstrated a critical awareness of the current research and scholarship within your discipline, facilitating your ability to interpret knowledge in a variety of professional fields.  Our MA programmes build on existing undergraduate skills, distinguished by the level of intensity, complexity, and density of study.  You will have demonstrated your advanced communication skills, media literacy, time management, ethical and professional understanding, as well as highly developed research and inquiry skills. From the start of the programme, you are encouraged to access to the central university Careers and Employment Service, and to use this service regularly to seek advice on areas such as career guidance both during and after your course.  

Course Details

The MA in English Language and Linguistics is offered in a traditional classroom setting with regular face-to-face contact. You will be supported by a range of subject-specific modules which are designed to help you acquire core skills appropriate to the study of English language and linguistics.  

The programme’s learning and teaching strategy will enable you to learn in a stimulating and student-centred environment. A variety of teaching methods are employed on our programme, including lectures, seminars, group workshops and individual tutorials. With the use of new technology and innovative teaching, our staff offer a progressively challenging and rewarding experience to students throughout the programme.  

Year one

Cognitive Linguistics (Optional,20 Credits)
Second Language Acquisition (Optional,20 Credits)
The origins and evolution of language (Optional,20 Credits)
World Englishes (Optional,20 Credits)
Variation, Change and Corpus Linguistics (Optional,20 Credits)
Language and Social Disadvantage (Optional,20 Credits)
Language and Meaning (Optional,20 Credits)
Forensic Linguistics (Optional,20 Credits)
Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)
Language: Structure and Use (Core,20 Credits)
Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)
Psychology of Language (Core,20 Credits)
Sociolinguistics (Core,20 Credits)
Negotiated Study (Optional,20 Credits)
Investigating Language for TESOL (Optional,20 Credits)
TESOL Syllabus & Materials Design (Optional,20 Credits)
Investigating Second Language Acquisition (Optional,20 Credits)
Exploring the TESOL Classroom (Optional,20 Credits)

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