Linguistics and English Language

MSc by Research

An opportunity to focus in detail on an area of your choosing, while still being able to take some taught courses

The MSc by Research is a research focussed programme intended for those students who already have a good background in linguistics or English language, typically from undergraduate study.  The programme itself can be tailored to your research interests with options to take some specific courses while working on your research dissertation. 

Help with your application

Research Proposal

Your research proposal will be used to consider whether supervision can be provided for the research that you propose, so it is important that your basic aims and area of investigation are clear.  For MSc by Research applications we are looking for a short proposal of around 500 words. 

We do not expect substantial detail, but you should explain the area which you plan to research in as much detail as possible. The MSc by Research degrees are in part intended to provide any research training that you might need in order to be able to carry out higher level research. If you know that you have specific research training needs, you can explain this in your proposal. If you plan to continue to study for a PhD after an MSc by Research, you could also briefly explain how you hope that your MSc work will prepare you for PhD research.

Our research interests

Before making your application it is a good idea to look at our research interests in order to check whether your proposed topic fits with our research expertise.

Research areas


We offer two MSc by Research programmes:


You should choose this programme if you wish to specialise in an area of linguistics covered by our research expertise.

Linguistics (MSc by Research)

Programme structure

Full Programme Structure

English Language

You should choose this programme if you wish to specialise in an area of English language or English linguistics.

English Language (MSc by Research)

Programme structure

Full programme Structure


If you would like more information about submitting your application and the admissions process please do not hesitate to get in touch with the School Postgraduate Office.

Postgraduate Office enquiries

Contact details



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