English Language (by distance) MA - 2020 Entry

Entry Year

Part time 36 Month(s)

Course Overview

Discover how the English language has developed historically, how pronunciation varies from place to place, and how linguistic analysis of literary texts project text worlds and characters.

English Language at Lancaster University has a long tradition in producing world-leading teaching and research in a broad range of sub-disciplines. We offer a unique combination of large-scale empirical expertise in areas such as corpus methods and phonetics, as well as historical linguistics, discourse analysis and literary stylistics.

This English Language MA programme, founded over 10 years ago, focuses on the description and explanation of the English language, including its structure, functions and social contexts of use. English language here refers to the linguistic study of English as an academic subject, not the practice of English.

We have a tried and tested formula, devised to accommodate busy people (most of our students have full-time jobs). The scheme is part-time, taking place over three years (modules in the first two years, dissertation in the third year). It is designed to appeal to a wide audience (including UK teachers of the English Language A level). Each of the six modules, spread over two years, begins with a compulsory Saturday face-to-face session at Lancaster University and is completed in distance mode. Assessment is via coursework. The final year involves a dissertation supported by one-to-one distance meetings with a specially allocated supervisor.

Online learning

The course is delivered via Lancaster’s high quality virtual learning site and includes online seminars and tutorials. You will have access to the University’s extensive online library resources. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact with peers and academics, and to engage with the department’s academic community.  

 Free-standing modules

Each of the modules on this scheme can also be taken individually, without registering for the programme as a whole. You will be awarded a certificate for the successful completion of the module you have chosen. In other words, if you specifically wish to establish a foundation for English grammar or Phonetics, or tap into the latest developments in stylistics and discourse analysis, you can do so. If you enjoy a module, you can sign up for further modules or enrol for the whole scheme (the modules you have taken will be credited to your Masters programme). Please contact us if you are interested in taking individual modules.

Course Structure

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



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.



 Year 1Year 2Year 3
UK/EU £3,580 £3,580 £1,790
Overseas £7,380 £7,380 £3,680

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.

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, EU or overseas 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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