MA

Linguistics (by Research)

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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This course gives you the opportunity to pursue research in the field of linguistics.  It comprises independent research, and a course designed to develop knowledge of key research skills and practices.

What you'll study

This course offers a broad range of degree topics, aligned with the specialist areas in which our academic team publish research.

Research in the following topics could be supervised:

  • clinical Linguistics;
  • language, gender and sexuality;
  • media discourse;
  • sociolinguistics;
  • discourse analysis;
  • pragmatics;
  • language and identity;
  • forensic linguistics;
  • corpus linguistics; and
  • computer-mediated communication.

You’ll join a thriving postgraduate community of researchers in Linguistics, and a unique student support structure with a dedicated team of tutors and supervisors. Recent dissertation topics have included:

  • analysis of political speeches;
  • theories around bilingualism; and
  • language variation in the East Midlands.
  • Modules

    This course is divided into modules, which are worth a number of credit points and are separately taught and assessed.  To get your degree you have to pass all modules to collect 180 credit points.

    • Philosophical Approaches to the Humanities (40 credit points): This module will assist you in acquiring the skills, knowledge and understanding required for accomplished research in the Humanities, via an exploration of the philosophical foundations of the Humanities as a general academic discipline.  It encourages you to be philosophically aware of the grounds of both the theory and practice of academic research, to consider the issue of reflexivity in relation to your research and to appreciate how your research might be approached from a variety of disciplines within the School.  While this module draws on a range of disciplinary areas the assessment is directly relevant to the field of Linguistics.
    • Dissertation (140 credit points): The dissertation is a 20,000 word piece of independent research, which is the cornerstone of the MA in Linguistics.  It provides the core research project which draws together students’ understanding and skills from other elements of the course.

How you’re taught

Assessment

The majority of the marks awarded for this course are for the dissertation.  You will have an individual supervisor allocated when offered a place on the course.  Dissertation tutorials will take place between you and your nominated supervisor. The supervisor will offer advice on developing appropriate study methods and provide feedback on drafts of the dissertation.  You will also be encouraged to publish your work and present at conferences.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills;
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

Careers and employability

At NTU we believe in providing education and research that are directly relevant and beneficial to your career. We place particular emphasis on helping students to develop transferable skills that are useful in all walks of life, such as problem-solving, analysis and confident communication. We also seek to provide an atmosphere that encourages initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship, alongside academic excellence.

This course does not currently offer placements however students benefit from extensive contacts in the field of linguistics offered by our academic team.

Contacts include experts in the fields of clinical linguistics, social linguistics, forensic linguistics, media discourse, gender and sexuality and languages.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent.
  • You will also need to write a 300-word outline of your proposed research area.
  • Please email us before applying if you need any advice.
  • Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU 
full-time
Home / EU 
part-time
MA Linguistics (by research)£6,900£3,450
MA Linguistics (by research) (including Alumni 25% discount)£5,175£2,587.50

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

CourseInternational
full-time
MA Linguistics (by research)£13,250
MA Linguistics (by research) (including Alumni 25% discount)£9,937.50

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

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