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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


The MA in English Language programme will provide an opportunity for students to specialise in English language through engaging with the most up-to-date research in the area. Taught by academics actively engaged in research in their fields the programme will particularly focus on sociolinguistic approaches to the study of language. Students will be provided with hands-on training in various methodologies in studying English Language and Linguistics. They will also develop expertise in language variation and change both from synchronic and diachronic perspectives, language issues in multilingual societies, and wider issues relating to the global spread of the English language. A careful balance between theoretical and methodological inputs and their applications in actual linguistic analyses ensures that students experience a well-rounded approach to the study of language. 

Curriculum Overview

The course consists of taught modules (including two compulsory modules) and a research dissertation. Assessment is through coursework including essays, oral presentations, case studies, poster presentations, field research etc. Full-time students normally attend two intensive classes each week, part-time students attend one class a week; these sessions are backed up by time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.

Core Modules

Language Variation and Change (15 credits)

Research Methods in Language and Linguistics (30 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)

Indicative option modules:

The following is an indicative list of modules (all 15 credits), only some of which run each year:

Varieties of World Englishes

Language and Diversity

Language and Power

Language and Society

Language Issues in Multilingual Societies

English Phonology and Grammar

Historical Linguistics

Language, Identity and Migration

Media Discourse from a Sociocultural Perspective

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a humanities subject. Relevant subjects would include English Literature and English Language. Other backgrounds which might be appropriate include Film, Media, Journalism, communication Studies or Cultural Studies. You should have a keen interest in the subject, and a willingness to engage in wide reading around the topic areas.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

The MA English Language is underpinned by the research expertise of the staff in the English Department, and a methodological approach – namely sociolinguistic approaches to the study of language – that characterises the research work of all members of the Department. The English Department at Liverpool Hope forms a small, tightly knitted community, and we are committed to limiting our intake so that we are able to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for our students at all levels of study.

In an environment of lively enquiry and debate, the wide range of research interests and expertise make for an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The learning and teaching environment means that students benefit from individual attention in class and a strong base of tutorial support. You will experience a range of modes of learning: lecture input, participation in seminars, seminar presentations, discussion with other students, oral and written textual analyses, practical workshops, field research, and individual tutorials where appropriate. As a postgraduate degree, it is of course expected that students will undertake a high level of independent research and reading of primary and secondary texts.

The MA English Language draws upon the rich and thriving research environment of the English Department at Liverpool Hope. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the Department submitted research which was classed as being both nationally and internationally excellent. There are ample opportunities to attend research seminars given by eminent scholars; this includes distinguished visiting speakers as well as Liverpool Hope’s own academics and research students. Postgraduate students are an important and valued part of this vibrant research community and our MA students are involved in many activities that contribute to the wider academic life of the English Department. This year, for example, some of our MA students helped to run a conference for our final year undergraduate students; and a number of MA students have presented their work at conferences at other universities.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


Demand for a postgraduate degree in English language goes beyond the national market as our graduates can apply for jobs anywhere in the world. The MA English Language programme does not anticipate one single primary market of demand for graduates; rather, it matches the qualifications and skills requirements for a range of employers from a wide range of sectors.

An MA in English Language from the UK will attract many employers, particularly English teachers, but also in other sectors like journalism, advertising, law, speech therapy etc. The types of skills developed through this programme will also contribute to the employability of graduates. Advanced research skills, as well as transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation and communication, are relevant to a wide range of employers. After completing an MA a student can also enrol in our postgraduate research programme.