This unique programme bridges the gap between linguistic theory and language teaching practice to enable you to develop a career in language teaching or research,
Whether you're already a teacher or you plan to become one, this degree offers you an in-depth theoretical and methodological understanding of how language is structured, used and interpreted and how this can inform language teaching. Core modules will introduce you to key topics in linguistics such as syntax, phonetics and phonology, as well as teaching methodologies and how they are applied. You'll also improve your knowledge of research methods in language sciences.
To enhance your knowledge, you'll choose from optional modules to suit your career plans or interests, on topics such as language acquisition or sociolinguistics. With support from expert tutors within the Language at Leeds research network, you'll gain valuable skills and a sound knowledge base to prepare you for further research or to inform your teaching practice.
Leeds is a fantastic place to study linguistics and phonetics. Our tutors and research students are active members of the wider Language at Leeds network which brings together researchers from across the University. You'll be able to enhance your learning with an array of research events throughout the year.
Postgraduates also have access to our extensive facilities, including the Human Communications Suite complete with a recording studio and lab space for psycholinguistics experiments. You can make use of our phonetics lab and the Language Zone, a state-of-the-art space where you can use a range of language-based teaching materials whenever you want.
This is an academic programme which approaches English language teaching from the perspective of linguistics, and it is therefore not intended for those who are seeking vocational teacher training or classroom experience.
This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.
Core modules in your first semester will give you a good grounding in key topics and approaches in linguistics, introducing you to syntax, phonetics, phonology and language acquisition. You'll also develop the skills you need to study linguistics effectively.
In the following semester you'll build on this foundation, improving your linguistic research skills while learning about language teaching methodologies and practices. You'll also choose from optional modules to focus on topics that interest you, such as pragmatics and language development.
Throughout this programme you'll develop sophisticated research and analytical skills, as well as a wealth of subject knowledge and teaching techniques. You'll demonstrate this in your dissertation, where you'll independently research a topic of your choice and submit the finished product by the end of the programme in September.
If you choose to study part-time, you'll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Dissertation (Linguistics and Phonetics) 30 credits
- Foundations of Phonetics and Phonology 15 credits
- Foundations of Syntax 15 credits
- Approaches to Linguistics and Language Acquisition 30 credits
- Methodology in Language Teaching 15 credits
- Language Teaching in Practice 15 credits
- Academic Skills in Linguistics 15 credits
- Research Methods in Linguistics 15 credits
- Pragmatics 30 credits
- Second Language Acquisition 30 credits
- Topics in Phonetics and Phonology 15 credits
- Topics in Syntax 15 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information on typical modules, read Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA Part Time in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
We use diverse teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from our tutors' expertise. They include seminars, lectures, online learning, tutorials and practicals. Independent study is also a vital element of the course. You're also encouraged to sit in on classes in modules that you're not taking, which gives you a great opportunity to gain a broad base of knowledge in linguistics and phonetics.
Depending on the modules you choose, assessment methods will vary. However, they usually include coursework , essays and practicals, while core linguistics modules also include exams.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons). We would normally expect you to have a degree in a relevant subject such as languages, English, education, psychology, sociology, speech therapy or others.
Professional experience will also be considered.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).
How to apply
UK/EU students: 4 September 2018
International students: 28 August 2018
It can take between four and six weeks to assess an application, so we advise you to apply as early as possible. Application deadlines for many scholarships are also much earlier than the application deadline, and you may need to leave time for arrangements such as visa applications or moving to Leeds.
- Apply (Full time)
- Apply (Part time)
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you'll need
- Transcripts of your degree and other relevant qualifications, or a partial transcript if you're still studying
- We do not generally request references, unless further information is required to support the assessment of your application
- Evidence of your English language qualifications if English isn't your first language
- A personal statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to study Linguistics and English Language Teaching, how it will benefit your career and why you want to study the programme at Leeds in particular.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: £7,250 (total)
International: £17,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
This programme will equip you with a deeper understanding of human communication and how language is taught and learned. It will also give you high-level research and analysis skills that are valued in all kinds of industries and organisations.
Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers in fields such as language teaching, preparing language teaching materials, lexicography, editing work, the media, marketing and journalism. Many others have pursued PhD level study in fields such as applied linguistics and education.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
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