Courses and Postgraduate Study
MA by Research
Our MA by Research allows you to choose your specialism in English Language and Linguistics – or a combination of these areas.
You will be joining an established research team and will have the opportunity to work with internationally-recognised scholars and researchers who are specialists in their fields. Our expertise is wide-ranging and includes:
- Sign language linguistics
- Pragmatics – contemporary and historical
- Discourse analysis – with a special focus on forensic and political contexts
- Critical discourse analysis
- Philosophy and critical theory
- Socio, pragmatic, corpus and forensic linguistics, and emotional intelligence
- English and Germanic linguistics
The MA by Research will provide you with the opportunity to develop a wide set of skills applicable to many professions. Our graduates have gone on to enjoy careers in theatre production, national government, teaching in further and higher education, and also as published authors.
Recent success from within the Linguistics subject team includes:
- Linguistics projects in pupil engagement in the question process during numeracy problem-solving sessions and the Garstang Accent.
How the Masters by Research works:
- You will be appointed a director of studies, who will be a specialist in the subject area. Your director will help you through the process, including the research methods that you will need to complete your project successfully. Your director will help you construct your literature review and develop an enhanced understanding of relevant critical and theoretical frameworks for your study.
- You will also be assigned a supervisory team, which will include scholars with interests in your area of research.
- You will be provided with a practical study structure through seminars and workshops to enhance research methods, postgraduate writing, and knowledge of important critical theories, creative practice and the application of project-specific skills such as archival research.
- The main outcome from your studies will be your dissertation/project, an extended study of your chosen topic of approx. 25,000 words (or equivalent for creative writing projects).
The Study Structure:
- We run a regular series of seminars addressing the methodologies and subject-specific theoretical practices relevant to your chosen area of study. The seminars provide a sense of group identity with other researchers as you undertake your individual research project and allow you to share your progress, experience the work of other students and introduce you to potential interdisciplinary perspectives that may enhance your own work.
- You will also receive training on developing your own career, with support from our established researchers.
- You will be guided in the preparation of conference paper proposals and delivery and encouraged to consider publication outlets from the earliest stages of your study.
- Subject-specific seminars are complimented by a series of training sessions aimed to develop your research potential and help you get the most out of your research degree experience.