Take your Master's in Corpus Linguistics in one of the best Linguistics Departments in the world. We are placed 10th in the QS World Rankings 2023.
We aim to equip you with skills that will enable you to analyse large amounts of linguistic data (corpora) using cutting-edge computational technology. You will also learn about the structure of the English language and a wide variety of applications of corpus linguistic methods for the analysis of English and other languages. This includes discourse analysis (newspapers, business reports, social media etc.), sociolinguistic analysis of spoken language as well as pedagogical applications of corpora (Data Driven Learning, English for Academic Purposes, teaching materials development etc.).
There are five core modules and two options, which are expected to run at the following times. You will find further information about modules in the course structure section.
- Fundamentals of corpus linguistics (October-December year 1)
- Corpus design and data collection (January - March year 1)
- Statistics and data visualization (April - June year 1)
- Corpus based grammar and vocabulary of English (October - December year 2)
- Dissertation (April - August/September year 2)
- Using corpora in Language teaching (January - March year 2)
- Corpus-based discourse studies (January - March year 2)
Lancaster University has a specialised corpus research centre, The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, CASS , and is one of the world leaders in corpus linguistics. We build corpora such as the British National Corpus 2014 and the Trinity Lancaster Corpus, and develop innovative corpus tools such as #LancsBox, Lancaster Stats Tools online and CQPweb. In 2015, Lancaster University was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for innovative corpus linguistic research.
During your studies, you will learn from experts in the field and will have access to a wealth of corpus resources. The programme will help your professional growth in variety of fields where analytical skills are required. Typical graduate careers include data analysts, market analysts, educators, journalists, teachers, communications consultants, sales representatives, local government officials etc. The programme will also prepare you for research at the PhD level in corpus linguistics and related subject areas if you choose to continue with your studies.
By the end of the MA programme, you will have had the opportunity to master research techniques as well as general academic skills of structuring and writing research reports and carrying out extensive independent research. This will enhance your chances of success in the competitive job market.
Supporting your studies
If you’re returning to education or you’re not familiar with academic conventions used in UK, we’ll provide the support you need to successfully complete your MA. We will help you to polish your academic reading, writing and presentation skills, sharpen your critical thinking skills and help you to work more effectively.
Outside the lecture theatre, we encourage you to join our diverse departmental research centres, vibrant student and university societies to share ideas, socialise and make friends.
You may have the opportunity to attend one of our international summer schools, where you can experience the local culture, enhance your academic knowledge and potentially work on your dissertation.
Taster webinar and free lectures
You are invited to get a taste for the subject and some of our specialisms by viewing our taster webinar and free lectures.
Please note: It is also possible to take modules on a standalone basis. Please contact the department if you would like further information.
Have you studied our MOOC?
If you are currently studying on our FutureLearn Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation MOOC, or if you actively participated and completed the course within the last three years, you are eligible to apply for our MOOC entry route for this programme. By doing so, you would not take the first core module of the programme, Fundamentals of Corpus Linguistics, but would be expected to submit two written assessments, in January of year 1, using the knowledge you developed through the MOOC. This entry route has a fee discount of £500 which will be deducted from the first year of your fees.