A combination of subject expertise and employability activities ensure that UCLan’s unique English Language and Literature MA is unlike postgraduate courses offered elsewhere. Our degree provides an alternative to traditional Humanities-based MAs by identifying links between Literature and Linguistics as academic disciplines, and their practices in society. This is achieved through combining academic expertise, field trips and projects designed to enhance employability skills.
English Language and Literature explores the interface between language and literature through an up-to-date and thorough introduction to the study of a wide variety of texts. Local and Global English will apply theory to the discussion of texts and will study literature in its socio-cultural and historical context.
Full-time: normally over 12 months, Part-time: normally over 24 months
School of Language, Literature and International Studies
No Partner College
If your first language is not English, you will be required to have an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher, or equivalent. Such equivalence may be shown by taking UCLan’s own test of English proficiency.
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The course is designed to make students consider their own social and cultural identities, and thus provides substantial scope for reflection and personal development.
The MA comprises three double modules plus a triple dissertation (15,000 words). The modules are as follows:
The modules are designed to make students familiar with tools from Literature and English Language studies to analyse critically a range of spoken and written discourses and contemporary modes of communication. You will be made aware of the importance of language in the creation of social identities, interpersonal relations and social ‘realities’. You will learn to contextualise literary texts by exploring the role of literature in the reflection, and construction, of the societies and cultures you live in.
Language Awareness in the Workplace will explore aspects of language ‘use’ and ‘attitudes’ in a range of workplace environments, and examine the power of language to influence or construct both social relations and viewpoints. Topics will include cultural values and interactional styles; the language of equality and diversity in a UK work environment; disability access: register, signage and stakeholders; humour and small-talk in the workplace. A wide range of communication media, including computer-mediated communication (e.g. email) will be explored. The Dissertation involves the production of a substantial piece of written work. It is designed to promote and support the development of an independent area of research within the field of English Language/Linguistics and/or Literature.
Postgraduate Certificate in English Language and Literature, Postgraduate Diploma in English Language and Literature
A typical year will look like this:
We use a variety of assessment procedures depending on the nature of the module: Essays, presentations, editorial exercises, write reflective learning logs and portfolios, and, if applicable, work with fellow students on projects.
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