Birmingham City University

Degree level: Postgraduate

English Linguistics (Distance Learning) (Taught)

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Course summary

The MA in English Linguistics is a flexible distance-learning programme. You can work at your own pace fitting your study around work and other commitments. The programme is well established, having been introduced in 1992, but it continues to evolve. It’s now delivered via the Moodle virtual learning environment with interactive content being developed exclusively for MA students. This programme will enable you to develop advanced analytical skills and in-depth linguistic knowledge, and to gain experience as an independent researcher. It begins with the Language Description module, designed to give you confidence in working with the essential building blocks of linguistic analysis: grammar, morphology, and phonology. You’ll then study Data, Theory and Method, covering topics such as hypothesis testing, the role of linguistic theory, data collection, academic referencing and research ethics. There are optional modules too, covering topics such as sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, spoken discourse analysis, and the history of the English language. In choosing three of these modules you can tailor your studies to your individual interests and career aspirations. The final dissertation is a piece of original research on a topic of your choice. One of our key strengths is that the programme is taught by leading authorities on the subjects covered. Our teaching staff are active researchers who, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, publish world-leading journal articles, chapters and books. This research feeds directly into the MA learning materials. You’ll be fully supported by a tutor assigned to you when you begin each module who can be contacted by email or telephone. There’s no requirement for you ever to attend the University, but there are ample opportunities for you to do so if you wish. This is a staged qualification, meaning you can choose to exit with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or you can continue to the MA stage.

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Entry requirements

You would normally have a UK or internationally recognised honours degree, or its equivalent, in any relevant subject. An alternative would be an ordinary degree/teaching certificate and two to three years' teaching experience.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £800 Module
International £800 Module
England £800 Module
Northern Ireland £800 Module
Scotland £800 Module
Wales £800 Module
Channel Islands £800 Module
Republic of Ireland £800 Module

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
English Linguistics (Distance Learning) at Birmingham City University - UCAS