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This programme is suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. If you have any questions about the programme, or would like to register your interest for 2021 entry, please email the School of European Culture and Languages postgraduate admissions team at .

Kent’s MA in Language and Literature is a unique combination of linguistics and literature that offers a detailed technical insight into literature and fiction.

The programme provides an interdisciplinary experience, combining theoretical and applied linguistic interests, with particular emphasis on literary stylistics, alongside literature. The programme draws upon the expertise from staff in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, the Department of Comparative Literature and the School of English at Kent.

In the Autumn and Spring terms students take modules in Research Skills, Meaning, Literary Stylistics, and Literature and Theory. These are supplemented with further modules in either linguistics or literature. Following these taught modules, in the summer students combine principles from both subject areas in their dissertation.

The programme is particularly suited to students with a literary background who wish to engage with the technicalities of literature, or those with a linguistics background who wish to explore the creativity of language. It provides a structural insight into literature with a strong critical foundation. The programme is ideal for those wishing to work in the media or communications industries. It also offers a smooth transition to doctoral work for those who wish to pursue their studies further.

Course structure

The programme is divided into two stages: Stage 1 comprises modules to a total of 120 credits and Stage 2 comprises a 60 credit dissertation module.

Assessment consists of a combination of written coursework, practical/experimental work (where appropriate) and seminar presentations. On successful completion of the taught modules, students write a research dissertation (included in their final grade) on a topic agreed with their supervisor.

Research strengths

Alongside our research centre below, we also have links with research networks outside Kent, and are involved with national and international academic associations including the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, the Linguistic Society of America, the Association for French Language Studies and the Poetics and Linguistics Association.

Linguistics Lab

The Linguistics Lab has facilities for research in acoustics, sociophonetics and speech and language processing. English Language and Linguistics (ELL) members also have access to the recording studio and multimedia labs which can be used both for research and teaching.

Centre for Language and Linguistics

English Language and Linguistics is the main contributor to the Centre for Language and Linguistics. Founded in 2007, the Centre promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in linguistic research and teaching. Membership embraces not just the members of English Language and Linguistics but also other SECL members with an interest in the study of language, as well as researchers in philosophy, computing, psychology and anthropology, reflecting the many and varied routes by which individuals come to a love of language and an interest in the various disciplines and subdisciplines of linguistics.

Careers

Postgraduate work in English Language and Linguistics prepares you for a range of careers where an in-depth understanding of how language functions is essential. These include speech and language theory, audiology, teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, public relations, company training, broadcasting, forensic and computational work, and the civil or diplomatic services.


Visit the Language and Literature - MA *suspended 2020-21* page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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