Why Study at Lancaster?

Complete University Guide top 10We offer you:

  • An exciting range of postgraduate programmes
  • High quality teaching
  • Comprehensive study support
  • A vibrant research community
  • Excellent learning resources
  • A friendly environment which supports your studies
  • High quality teaching

Our Department is the largest of its kind in England, with more than 30 full-time lecturing staff, many Research Associates, and a strong community of around 170 PhD students. We have an exciting range of masters programmes, both campus-based and by distance.

We pride ourselves on high quality teaching - we like our students to have access to our research through our teaching. New ideas and developments feed directly into what our students learn. All of our staff are actively engaged in pioneering research and publications so studying for your MA at Lancaster means you are taught by leading figures in the field.

We are delighted that the Department has been rated top 20 in the world for seven years in a row, rated 12th in the world in the QS 2019 rankings. Linguistics at Lancaster is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK, currently 3rd in the 2019 Times Good University Guide and 4th in the 2020 Complete University Guide, joint 2nd for Employability.

Students and lecturer

Comprehensive study support

Our Postgraduate Academic Study Skills module provides you with English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills support during your studies, and the Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language module introduces you to the research skills needed for your assignments and dissertation.

You are also assigned to an Academic Advisor who helps you settle in and keeps an eye on your progress throughout the year. And if you don't already meet our English language entry requirements, it is possible to take our pre-sessional EAP programme instead.

A vibrant research community

We have a thriving research environment organised around a number of research centres and groups. Two of our members of staff are national Teaching Fellows, and English Language and Literature at Lancaster were rated 3rd for Research Power in the latest REF.

Phonetics Lab

Excellent learning resources

Our Department has its own well-equipped computer laboratories with up-to-date technology for teaching and research. The Phonetics Lab, based in a dedicated room in County South, is dedicated to research and teaching in phonetics. We also have the Lancaster Linguistics Eye-tracking Lab that is dedicated to research that makes use of eye-tracking as part of its methodology.

We have our own audio-visual resources digital recorders, transcribing machines and video & DVD players. The library boasts a substantial and rich stock of Linguistics and English Language related books, journals and other materials. The Department also has a multimedia library of its own from which students can borrow a wide range of resources.

ELT at Lancaster

We have provided MA programmes for ELT practitioners at Lancaster for over 30 years. During this time, we have gained an outstanding international reputation for introducing students to the most recent academic research and thinking of practical relevance to ELT around the world. 'Lancaster ELT' or 'Lancaster MA' is widely recognised by employers throughout the world as a mark of quality.

The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL replaces our successful MA programmes on TEFL and TESOL and provides an exciting programme suitable for those currently working as language teachers, those who plan to work as language teachers in the future, and those who simply have a strong interest in second and foreign language learning and teaching.

We also have two fully distance programmes: MA in Language Testing (Distance) and MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Distance).

The Lake District National Park

An environment to support your studies

Our department is a very pleasant and sociable place with friendly staff and high quality resources for teaching and learning. Your fellow students at Lancaster will be a culturally and linguistically diverse group of people of different ages and backgrounds.

Lancaster is probably one of the UK's greenest universities. Stay on either our park-like campus or in the historic city of Lancaster. Find out more about living in Lancaster.

Lancaster University has award-winning accommodation, having just been named ‘Best University Halls’ for the sixth consecutive year, in the 2015 National Student Housing Survey of 200+ UK institutions.

Lancaster was recently ranked one of the top ten most vibrant cities in the UK, thanks to its established arts scene and dynamic student population. It is one of the safest cities in the UK and one of the most historic. England's most scenic area - the beautiful Lake District National Park - is only a short distance away.

If you arrive with a family, the University's pre-school centre has an excellent reputation as one of the leading childcare establishments in the area, and there are also excellent schools near the university.