Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
Applications are welcome from candidates who have at least a second-class Bachelor's degree in English Language or Literature from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Some prior knowledge of English language studies (specifically English grammar) is expected for the programme.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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 UCL English.
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).
- English Grammar and Methodology
- Either English Corpus Linguistics or English Language in Use
- Research Methodology
- Students take two optional modules. Different options are offered each year and have included:
- English Words
- History of the English Language
- Literary Linguistics
- Phonetics and Phonology of English
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme provides an ideal foundation for those wishing to continue for a research degree in English Language or Linguistics; students who obtain good results in their MA examinations may be considered for the MPhil/PhD programme at UCL (subject to places being available). It is also of interest to those who wish to become teachers or lecturers of English, or those intending to pursue a career in writing, publishing, or editing.
Top career destinations for this degree
- English Teacher, Lycée Ermesinde (2012)
- PhD, UCL (2012)
- English Language Teacher, BGS College (2012)
- Teaching Assistant, King Saud University (2011)
- Research Executive, Synovate (2011)
Why 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.
Excellent library facilities are provided by the UCL Library, Senate House Library and the British Library.
Student / staff ratios › 31 staff › 73 taught students › 45 research students
Department: English Language & Literature
"London offers unparalleled resources for all researchers and UCL is fortunate in being just round the corner from the British Library, British Museum and the Wellcome Trust."
Professor Bas AartsEnglish Linguistics MA
Professor of English Linguistics
"I was impressed with the teaching, resources and level of support offered to students."
Sondos Hassan IbrahimEnglish Linguistics MA
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is of interest to those who wish to continue for a research degree in English Language or Linguistics, those who wish to become teachers or lecturers of English, or those intending to pursue a carer in writing, publishing, or editing.
- All applicants
- 1 April 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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