What will I learn?

Join our expert English Language team and research the extraordinary range of varieties and functions of this global language.

Course overview

Advanced knowledge of grammar and phonology coupled with practical application and exploration of English in context - e.g., language and identity, discourse analysis, English in education - forms the core of our MA course. You will be given expert supervision and guidance in completing your own research-based thesis on a specialist topic of your choosing.

Why study this course with us?

Our cutting-edge MA course is delivered by a dynamic team of linguists, each with their own research specialisms. Our range of expertise includes corpus linguistics (computer-assisted discourse analysis), phonetics and phonology (useful for sociolinguistic research), cognitive stylistics (how our minds process fictional and non-fictional texts) and critical discourse analysis (e.g., ideology in the media).


Assessments are tailored for each module and include exercises in grammar and phonetics/phonology, discourse analysis essays, seminar papers (including presentations), discursive essays, extended data collection and analysis projects, portfolio, and an extended thesis (dissertation).

Job prospects

Student job destinations include teaching, work in the media-based industries, speech therapy, librarianship, public relations, marketing, advertising, copywriting, and proof-reading. Some students will also progress onto further research, such as pursuing a doctorate.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,450.00 (US$ 18,230) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2022


Parkgate Road Campus

Parkgate Road,



CH1 4BJ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Bachelor's Degree from a recognised institution with 2.8 or above. IELTS: 6.5 (Min 5.5 in each sub-skill).

For international students

You need a minimum of a second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline (e.g. English Language, Linguistics). International students are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL iBT overall score: 88 with minimum sub skill: Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, and Writing 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Chester

The University of Chester is home to students from 130 countries and is the #2 University in the UK for international students (WhatUni? 2020).

  • Ranked #2 the UK for international students (WhatUni? 2020)
  • 200+ courses available with a focus on practical learning
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