University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

English Language and Linguistics

Our programme allows you to choose your specialism in English language and linguistics � or a combination of these areas. You will be joining an established research team and will have the opportunity to work with internationally-recognised scholars and researchers who are specialists in their fields. Our expertise is wide-ranging and includes: Sign language linguistics; pragmatics � contemporary and historical; discourse analysis � with a special focus on forensic and political contexts; critical discourse analysis; philosophy and critical theory; socio, pragmatic, corpus and forensic linguistics, and emotional intelligence; English and Germanic linguistics. The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a wide set of skills applicable to many professions. You will be appointed a director of studies, who will be a specialist in the subject area. Your director will: help you through the process, including the research methods that you will need to complete your project successfully; help you construct your literature review and develop an enhanced understanding of relevant critical and theoretical frameworks for your study. You will also be assigned a supervisory team, which will include scholars with interests in your area of research. You will be provided with a practical study structure through seminars and workshops to enhance research methods, postgraduate writing, and knowledge of important critical theories, creative practice and the application of project-specific skills such as archival research.

Entry requirements

An application form, including a research proposal and copies of all qualifications stated on your application form; English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each sub score (or UCLan acceptable equivalent qualification). The IELTS certificate must be dated within 2 years of entry date; 2 academic references, reference forms can be sent to your academic referees.

Course modules

We run a regular series of seminars addressing the methodologies and subject-specific theoretical practices relevant to your chosen area of study; the seminars provide a sense of group identity with other researchers as you undertake your individual research project and allow you to share your progress, experience the work of other students and introduce you to potential interdisciplinary perspectives that may enhance your own work. Subject-specific seminars are complimented by a series of training sessions aimed to develop your research potential and help you get the most out of your research degree experience.

Assessment methods

The main assessment of your studies will be your dissertation/project, an extended study of your chosen topic of approximately 25,000 words (or equivalent for creative writing projects).

Sponsorship information

Standard tuition fee discount apply for UCLan award holders. An MA by Research scholarship is being offered to a student interested in (the study of) aggression and impoliteness in workplace context(s); ideally, his/her research project will be based on a dataset collected at a professional setting, which the successful applicant has continuing access to and/or has previously worked within; applications are particularly welcomed from students wishing to link impoliteness and verbal aggression, as understood in linguistic pragmatics, and aggression or workplace incivility, as understood in (occupational) psychology. As the successful student will be linked to I-CrED (the Institute for Credibility, Emotions and Deception research), their research will be used to feed into training programmes which can be delivered in conflict-sensitive institutions: the proposed research project will thus need to give consideration to � in order to blend � both theoretical and applied aspects from the outset.International students: Early payment bursary apply.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA (Res) Full-time £ 3,996 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time £ 12,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time £ 3,996 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA (Res) Part-time £ 2,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time £ 2,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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