English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 2090 per year

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About English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Birmingham

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

Our principal areas of research include:

Cognitive Linguistics - an increasingly important area of departmental activity, research here focusses on the putative mental dispositions underlying language users' processing of space, time, metaphor and other forms of figurative language. Research is underpinned by experimental methods involving eye-tracking equipment and, increasingly, similar techniques. A new focus of work, linking corpus and cognitive research, concerns the importance of usage, patterns and constructions, in language acquisition and fluency.

Corpus Linguistics - our work in this area incorporates interests in linguistic theory and language description, including descriptive translation and contrastive studies, phraseology and the lexis-grammar interface, and in the application of corpus investigation techniques to areas such as translation, lexicography and diachronic language study. Corpus techniques also underpin much of our work in discourse studies and in language learning and teaching.

Stylistics and Discourse Studies - our work here focuses on written narrative structure and texture, text linguistics (diachronic as well as synchronic), literary stylistics, and critical discourse analysis. Major themes of interest include academic discourse, the relationship between language and social class, evaluation, language and new media, everyday creativity, and multi-modal discourse.

Language Learning and Teaching - our work in this area incorporates corpus approaches to phraseology, lexis and grammar, and discourse approaches to academic literacies. This also includes a focus on the teaching and learning of figurative language, collocation, and business English in the context of English as a global language. We also focus on cognitive linguistics and its applications to language learning and teaching.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2090 per yearInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4180 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15210 per year

Entry requirements

Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band.

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