Discourse Studies MA - 2021 Entry

Entry Year
2021

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

Take your Masters with one of the best Linguistics departments in the world. We are ranked 12th in the world for Linguistics by the QS World Ranking 2020.

The MA in Discourse Studies gives you the opportunity to engage closely with up-to-date developments in Discourse Studies. The programme includes three core modules designed to give you a solid grounding in the key theories, methods and applications of Discourse Studies; and one core module on Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language, which provides an essential grounding in the research skills you will be using in the programme.

You will develop skills in discourse analysis drawing on a range of methodological sources including pragmatics and conversation analysis, argumentation theory, functional grammar, cognitive linguistics and corpus linguistics. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills in analysing a range of spoken and written data from different social contexts including politics, media, literature and education as part of your coursework.

With research groups in corpus studies, discourse studies, language testing, literacy studies, second language learning and teaching, the opportunities for learning extend far beyond the classroom. Past students tell us that the opportunity to participate in the various activities of our research centres and groups is one of the most valuable aspects of studying in the department.

This programme requires you to complete a 12,500-word dissertation relating to any area of Discourse Studies that we teach. Working on your dissertation will help you develop valuable research and transferrable skills regardless of whether you consider continuing to doctoral studies or progress in your chosen career. You may opt to complete an extended dissertation (20,000-25,000 words) subject to satisfactory performance on the programme.

 

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

    Core

    Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees

Fees

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £9,440 £4,720
International £19,940 £9,970

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK or international student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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Enhance your career or academic credentials with a specialist Masters degree from Lancaster University. Our Masters programmes include Language Testing, TESOL, Intercultural Communication, English Language, Discourse Studies and Corpus Linguistics.