With specialist training in the linguistic study of the English language, this course offers the best of both taught and research-focused postgraduate courses.
The course covers concepts and methodologies in linguistic description and analysis, including methods used to study linguistic structure and variation, and approaches in semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis. You will also have the option to explore psycholinguistics or receive training in event organisation and presentation, with practical hands-on experience organising a conference.
Whatever your area of interest, we will give you the opportunity to develop your own specialisms and build on your skills in writing for publication, presenting work, publishing and researching. This course is taught by staff who are active researchers with expert knowledge across a range of fields in English language and linguistics, including sociolinguistics, pragmatics, lexical semantics, language and sexuality, corpus linguistics, and influence and persuasion.
With us you will build on strong research skills, including literature review and critical analysis of research methods, to enable you to build an interesting, thorough independent research proposal to explore in your final dissertation. The course is ideal for students who are self-motivated, with good time management and the ability to work independently, as these skills will be developed throughout. This is an excellent stepping stone to either research at PhD level or a career in teaching, publishing or research.
The English Language MA is a degree in linguistics. If you are interested in becoming an English Language teacher, then please see our English Language Teaching MA. If you are a non-native English speaker and you would like to improve your English language skills, our dedicated Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) offers a range of courses.
- Focus on key concepts and methodologies in the core areas of linguistic description and analysis.
- Tailor the curriculum to your own specialist interests to meet your individual learning goals.
- Receive expert teaching and supervision for your dissertation from our specialist academics who are active researchers with expertise spanning a range of English language and linguistics subfields.
- Benefit from both collaborative teaching and individual learning experiences and receive personalised feedback to help you to reach your independent research goals.
- Practical training in presenting work, writing for publication, research and organising a conference gives you real-world skills for a career in teaching, publishing, research or event management.
- The focus on individual research and fostering your skills as an independent learner provides ideal preparation for progression to PhD.
Structure and assessment
- Structure and Variation in Language
- Meaning in Language
- Research Methods
- Conference Organisation and Presentation
Teaching and assessments
As well as traditional essays, assessed work includes presentations and blog posts. The 15,000-word dissertation is guided by one-to-one tutorial contact, placing emphasis on independent study with the tutor monitoring your progress.
In your first two terms you will normally attend around four hours of timetabled taught lectures, workshops and tutorials per week, and be expected to undertake around 31 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week.
Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.
Facilities and features
Library and learning zones
On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.
As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.
The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.
More flexible ways to learn
We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.
Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it’s replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.
The home of De Montfort Students’ Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team.
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