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Study linguistics and communication at an advanced level while also gaining valuable transferable skills such as high-level critical thinking, analysis and problem solving, together with independent research skills.


Research with impact

Nationally, we’re ranked in the UK top 10 for English Language and Literature, with 86% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).


Top 100 worldwide

Globally, we’re positioned in the top 100 universities for the study of English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).



92% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course (HESA data).

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Applied Linguistics

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Forensic Linguistics

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Language and Linguistics

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Language and Communication Research

Find out more about our MA Language and Communication Research.

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I thoroughly enjoyed taking the MA in Language and Communication Research, due to its extensive focus on both quantitative and qualitative research design, and also the flexibility it allowed when choosing a topic for my dissertation. I was able to explore topics of particular interest to me, while also learning highly valuable research skills. I believe that through acquiring the knowledge and skills taught within the MA, I was afforded a concrete foundation from which to smoothly transition to doctoral research.
Alex Carr MA Language and Communication Research

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Applying world-class research

Applying our research to important social challenges, we use linguistic theory and a wide range of methods to explore how language works as a system, and how it is used to define identity and reflect and mould attitudes.

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Postgraduate research

Our field-leading Centre for Language and Communication Research has built an international reputation in sociolinguistics, professional and critical discourse analysis, multimodal communication, language acquisition and loss, systemic functional linguistics, forensic linguistics, corpus linguistics and formulaic language. Pursue your PhD or MPhil ambitions in this dynamic environment.

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.