The web-based MA Modern English Language offers you the opportunity to follow a wide range of modules from across the expertise of the language section of the School of English.
Therefore, this course is ideal if you do not want to specialise in your language study or if you want the flexibility of building your own programme.
The MA has intakes in September and February.
The MA courses by web-based distance learning build on the international reputation of the School of English at Nottingham as one of the foremost centres for English Language research in the world. We are ranked 7th for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, in the world top 50 for English Literature, Language and Linguistics (QS World University Rankings 2014) and 9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014).. The course is taught using a course tool software called Moodle. It is also supported by extensive online resources, course materials and teaching. The programme offers an excellent route towards pursuing a PhD. The MA Modern English Language is also available as a taught full- or part-time course within the University. As well as completing this course at a pace that suits you and your other commitments, you have the flexibility to study towards a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MA (180 credits, including dissertation). Please note that if you wish to study for a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma you still need to apply for the full MA; you would then elect to leave the course with the alternative award once studying.
Like many people, commencing study on an MA in Linguistics was for me part and parcel of a career change. I had worked in TV news for over ten years and decided that I wanted a complete change. I had a long standing interest in language, and so teaching English overseas seemed the obvious escape route. However, while teaching at a private language school may offer the opportunity to change course, it doesn’t generally offer much in the way of long terms career prospects. If you are looking for a meaningful career, you need more than just a CELTA qualification.
I am now approaching completion of the MA and have recently started teaching English at a Japanese university, but my choice of modules on the MA has not been directly related to teaching. I think that this is one of the strengths of the Nottingham English programme, in that you don’t have to decide before you begin what kind of degree you want to end up with. Nottingham offers an impressive array of modules, from medieval literature to cutting edge research technologies such as corpus analysis, and this gives you a great deal of freedom and means you can either specialize or chose modules from a variety of subject areas – you can pretty much make your degree whatever you want it to be.
Studying by distance presents its own particular challenges, the greatest of which for me is the inability to discuss ideas and concerns with fellow students, although the recent emergence of an online community of distance learners may go some way towards alleviating this. But while distance learning comes with its own difficulties, it also brings its own rewards in that it forces you to develop independent research skills – skills that will be invaluable to anyone wishing to go on to study for a PhD. But perhaps more importantly in my own case, distance learning offered an opportunity to undertake post-graduate study that simply would not have been available to me otherwise.
Applicants are expected to hold at least a 2:1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent). IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Recipient: University of Nottingham
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