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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 March 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Entry Requirements

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.

International students

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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Degree Information

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).

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, three core components (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core Modules

  • English Grammar and Methodology
  • Either English Corpus Linguistics or English Language in Use
  • Research Methodology

Options

  • 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

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site English Linguistics MA

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed 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.

Careers

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 › 86 taught students › 60 research students

Department: English Language & Literature

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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 Aarts

Subject: English Linguistics MA
Student review

"I was impressed with the teaching, resources and level of support offered to students."

Sondos Hassan Ibrahim

Subject: English Linguistics MA

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-03-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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