Designed for students who wish to undertake advanced study or conduct research in language and linguistics and for those wanting to develop their careers in these fields or prepare for PhD study, this programme offers both flexibility and choice in mind. You are able to follow different routes through the course that allow you to focus on specific areas of language and linguistics.
We offer specialisms in social and historical approaches to language and linguistics in which you can investigate complex real-world language problems in different cultural contexts and time periods. You'll also have the option to examine structural and theoretical linguistics, exploring the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language. You can also study literary linguistics and examine a range of approaches including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology.
On this course you can choose to study modules relating to other fields, such as TESOL and applied linguistics, giving you the opportunity to study current issues in the field of applied linguistics, as well as look into advances in TESOL research, such as vocabulary acquisition, textbook design, and academic writing strategies.
As your understanding of theory develops, you'll learn tools and techniques to analyse language and understand how to carry out research projects. This degree programme has a work placement option, which could support you to develop skills in marketing, archiving, teaching or publishing.