University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

English Language and Linguistics

You'll study the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language with the possibility to study other modern languages as well, if you choose. There are four pathways to choose from: Literary Linguistics, Social and Historical Approaches, Structural and Theoretical Linguistics, and Modern Languages (co-run with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures). You can follow one exclusively or combine the four. The Literary Linguistics pathway examines a range of approaches to literary linguistic study including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology; Social and Historical Approaches investigates complex real-world language problems in different social and historical contexts; Structural and Theoretical Linguistics explores the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language; and Modern Languages offers students the opportunity to study similar aspects of Slavic, Germanic and/or Romance languages. As your understanding of theory develops, you'll learn how to analyse language and how to carry out research projects. If you choose a work placement, you might also develop skills in marketing, archiving, teaching or publishing.

Entry requirements

MA: A 1st or 2.1 undergraduate degree in linguistics, English language and/or literature, or a modern language. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core module: research methods. Optional modules: linguistics in context; linguistics in practice; research practice; literary language: narrative and cognition; literary language: history and culture; work placement with research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies by module, but includes essays and presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 7,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 16,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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