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Corpus Linguistics (Distance)

Corpus linguistics (Distance)

Lancaster University offers two programmes in Corpus linguistics

Corpus linguistics at Lancaster: Taster session

This webinar introduces a new Master’s Programme (MA) in Corpus linguistics and a new PG Certificate (PGCert) in Corpus linguistics offered by Lancaster University. The webinar starts with a short introduction to corpus linguistics (lecture) and a brief hands-on session demonstrating newest software tools in the field. We also discuss the structure of the programme, entry requirements and the student experience.

Study Corpus Linguistics at Lancaster

Are you a data or market analyst? Are you an educator? Are you a journalist? Do you require an understanding of language? If so then our online courses in Corpus Lingusitics are the right course for you. Choose between our MA, PGCert or you can take our individual specialist postgraduate modules for institutional credit

Free Lectures

Cutting-edge online platform for the MA in Corpus linguistics

You can now try lectures, practical exercises, quizzes etc. from the MA in Corpus linguistics programme. Just follow these two simple steps:

  1. Create a free account
  2. Self-enrol. Use the following enrolment key: macorpus

Lecture: Language description in corpus linguistics

This short lecture introduces basic linguistics concepts used in corpus linguistics. It is the second lecture of a lecture series introducing corpus linguistics from a new module on Fundamentals of corpus linguistics offered by Lancaster University as part of an MA programme, PGCert and also individually for credit.

Lecture: Introduction: Statistics meets Corpus linguistics

This lecture introduces basic concepts of statistics in Corpus Linguistics. It is a part of the new online MA programme in Corpus Linguistics at Lancaster University.

MA in Corpus Linguistics bursary (October 2023 start)

The Department of Linguistics and English Language (LAEL) at Lancaster University is pleased to announce a £1,500 bursary for one student entering the MA in Corpus Linguistics programme at Lancaster University in October 2023. The bursary is funded by the British Council as part of the Aptis Corpus development and research project. Through this award, we aim to support training and research in corpus methods and their application in different areas of society.

Eligibility: The award is open to UK and international students. At the time of application, you should have submitted a complete application to the MA in Corpus Linguistics programme. See Applying for postgraduate study for more details. You do not have to hold an offer of a place on the MA programme at the time of your application for the bursary.

Deadline: Wednesday, 16 August 2023 (midnight, UK time).

How to apply? To apply for the bursary, please fill and submit the bursary application form.

Contact: If you have any questions about the bursary or the application process, you can contact Dr Dana Gablasova.

What is the award selection process? The applications will be evaluated by an expert panel. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a short interview (conducted online). We aim to notify the shortlisted candidates by Monday, 21 August 2023. The provisional dates for the interviews are 24-25 August 2023.

The award: The award will be made on a competitive basis. It will be provided as a reduction from the programme fees in the first year of the study. The award holder will be asked to focus their dissertation project on a corpus-based analysis of the British Council–Lancaster Aptis corpus. All the relevant skills for the corpus analysis will be acquired in the course of the programme, and the research topic will be finalised in consultation with the dissertation supervisor, who will provide appropriate support and guidance throughout the dissertation project.

The British Council–Lancaster Aptis Corpus: This corpus represents an exciting resource for investigating different aspects (e.g., grammatical, lexical, communicative strategies) of language use of L2 English speakers and relating the findings to language testing, language learning or to broader issues in spoken communication. The corpus was developed by the British Council and Lancaster University. It consists of 1,450 transcribed exams from the Speaking component of the Aptis General exam (, a major international English examination, developed and administered by the British Council. The corpus contains data from L2 English speakers at four different levels of proficiency (beginner, lower-intermediate, intermediate and advanced) and from three L1 backgrounds: Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

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Short Courses in Corpus Linguistics

As an alternative to taking a complete Master's course, you can take our individual specialist postgraduate modules for institutional credit. These are ideal if you need to develop knowledge and skills in a specific area. Each of these courses can be taken separately, run for one term (three months), and are offered online.

Short courses in Corpus Linguistics
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