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English Language and Applied Linguistics MA

Course Description

This course is designed to bring your basic knowledge of the description of English language to a high level of competence.

It covers a range of topics reflecting staff expertise, including conversation analysis, stylistics, critical discourse analysis and pragmatics. You will be given the chance to engage with cutting-edge research in your area.

Any or all of the modules on this course can be taken via the distance learning option, which offers flexibility that will be of particular appeal to those who have special needs of various kinds.

There is an emphasis on the practical analysis of language in use, including spoken and written language, and literary or non-literary texts.

Your tutors are active in their own specialist areas and recognised by the Higher Education Academy (permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching). You can be confident that your studies are led by experts with flair and enthusiasm, renowned nationally and internationally for their excellence in teaching and research. As leading researchers in their fields of expertise, your tutors are published authors, award-winners and acclaimed thinkers. Indeed, 75% of work submitted for the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was said to be 'internationally significant' and 'world leading'. (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

We have a vibrant research community of both national and international students. We run regular research seminars led by our staff, visiting guest speakers, and our own students. We also organise and host conferences which reflect the research interests of our academic staff.

Our department is home to the internationally-recognised Stylistics Research Centre and our academic staff hold official positions in the Poetics and Linguistics Association , the world's leading organisation for the study of linguistics.

Our department is also home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research, which hosts internationally-reputed experts and which operates with the support of the Linguistics Politeness Research Group.

Visit the English Language and Applied Linguistics MA page on the University of Huddersfield website for more details!

Student Profiles

Progression Bursaries - No. of awards TBC

Graduates holding an Upper Second Class or First Class Honours Degree from the University of Huddersfield are offered a £500 progression (fee waiver) bursary. If entering your Masters course in the year of graduation this is provided through a University of Huddersfield progression bursary.To find out more, go to: http://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-finance/pg-progression-bursaries/

Value of Scholarship(s)



You should have a first class or 2:1 classification in your first degree from the University of Huddersfield.

Application Procedure

For full details visit http://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-finance/pg-progression-bursaries/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in English or a cognate subject. Other relevant qualifications and/or experience may be considered.For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

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