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Contact details

Mr James Phillips

Email: james.phillips@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7122

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

The English Department has an allocation of AHRC studentships. Only candidates who have already been offered a place on the programme will be considered.

If you wish to be considered for AHRC funding please indicate this on your application form.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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English Linguistics MA

The English Linguistics MA provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to describe Modern English, together with appropriate training in academic writing, linguistic argumentation and research methods. Students have access to the Survey of English Usage, an unparalleled resource for research into grammatical repertoire.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The MA introduces students to the core areas of the study of English Linguistics, including morphology, syntax, phonetics, phonology and intonation. The programme trains students to use library OPACS, specialised websites, discussion lists, and databases (among them the ICE-GB corpus, based at the Survey of English Usage in the English Department).

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The department has exceptional resources for the study of English Linguistics. Use of the Survey of English Usage has resulted in many important studies of the grammar, semantics and vocabulary of present-day English.

The programme is partly taught by the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. The phonetics section undertakes speech perception research and problems related to speech and language disorders. Its specially designed listening centre may claim to have the best experimental facilities in the UK.

Excellent library facilities are provided by the UCL library, Senate House Library and the British Library.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core components (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Modern English Grammar
  • Phonetics and Phonology of Modern English
  • Portfolio of Essays


  • Options may include the following:
  • Categorisation and Gradience
  • English Words
  • English Sociolinguistics
  • Logic and Meaning
  • English Corpus Linguistics
  • Foundations of Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition


All MA Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words. Students have access to the Survey of English Usage for this project.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through seminars and individual tutorials. Student Assessment is through a portfolio of essays (two 2,000-word essays on English grammar), three three-hour written papers and the dissertation. Each of the five components of assessment makes up 20% of the final mark.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will normally be required.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013, or 1 February for the year of entry for candidates who are also seeking funding through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and those seeking UCL funding.

Who can apply?

The programme will be of interest to British and overseas lecturers and teachers of English as a first language or as an additional language, those intending to become educational administrators or to train English teachers and those intending to use the MA as a platform for further doctoral research.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study English Linguistics at graduate level
  • why you want to study English Linguistics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme provides an ideal foundation for those wishing to continue for a research degree in English Language or Linguistics, or for those who wish to develop a career in educational administration or training. Recent graduate first career destinations include: CIC Language School: Teacher and UCL Language Centre: Centre Administrator.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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