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 option to study other modern languages as well. There are four flexible pathways available within the course, and you can follow one exclusively or combine different areas of study. **Literary Linguistics Pathway** This pathway examines a range of approaches to literary linguistic study including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology. **Social and Historical Approaches Pathway** This pathway investigates complex real-world language problems in different social and historical contexts. **Structural and Theoretical Linguistics Pathway** This pathway explores the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language. **Modern Languages Pathway (co-run with the School of Languages and Cultures)** This pathway 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. Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information.

Entry requirements

MA: A minimum 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 writing and 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies by module, but includes essays and presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

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

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