Master's Degrees in Language Studies in United Kingdom

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Studying Language Studies

Language studies are part of the broader area of linguistics (also known as formal studies of human language). Language degrees analyse the rules we use words to use and create spoken as well as written language. Students gain academic knowledge on issues related to the nature of language such as phonetics, morphology, phonology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics and linguistics of history.

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Studying in United Kingdom

The moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.

Applying to a Master's in United Kingdom

If you want to study a Master's degree at a university in the United Kingdom, you will have to get the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement. You'll be asked to present supporting documents including:

  • birth certificate;

  • your passport or national identity card;

  • reference letters from past employers or teachers;

  • copies of past diplomas or certificates;

  • academic transcripts.

To show that you have the right English skills, you'll have to also present a IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificate, and in some cases provide an additional test such as UKCAT, BMAT or LNAT. The deadlines for applying to a Master's in the UK are usually during the summer (June), or in winter (January). Many universities have rolling applications, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.

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387 Language Studies Master's degrees in United Kingdom

Pre-Master Pre-Masters Programme

The NCUK Pre-Masters Programme is the best preparation for success on your chosen postgraduate degree and in your future career – it ensures you Get In to university and Get On with your studies.

M.A. Linguistic Studies

The Linguistic Studies programme offered by the University of Essex is our broadest postgraduate degree, offering you the widest choice of options. You expand your knowledge of language through studying everything from syntax, to computer-assisted language-learning, to language and gender, to language disorders, to multilingualism.

Department of Language and Linguistics
M.A. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

Working with Welsh universities, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol ensures and develops more Welsh-medium study opportunities for Welsh students. It sponsors Welsh-medium lecturers and offers scholarships that allow undergraduate and postgraduate students to pursue higher education courses through the medium of Welsh.

MPhil/PhD Applied Linguistics

An MPhil and PhD in Applied Linguistics are offered in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics. These degrees are co-ordinated by Professor Adrian Holliday, who is also Head of The Graduate School, which provides cross-institutional support and facilities for research students within an interdisciplinary community.

English Course In sessional English Support

The English Language Centre also provides an extensive, vibrant and innovative programme of English language support for International students who are already studying at the University. The In sessional English Support course is delivered by University of Liverpool.

M.A. Forensic Linguistics

 Alongside linguistics modules, students will learn about the legal and forensic contexts. You will explore how linguists have developed understandings and critiques of the language of the law and methods of analysis to provide evidence in a variety of legal contexts 

Languages & Social Sciences
English Course Exam Preparation Courses

Exam Preparation Courses at Delfin English School is a 15-hour programme, where students are placed into a focused Exam Preparation and practice class in the morning time. Studying this course combines level-specific language development with examination preparation, tailored to the international English examinations (Cambridge Language Assessment and IELTS). 

M.Sc. Speech, Language and Sociolinguistics

This Masters in Speech, Language and Sociolinguistics offered by the University of Glasgow, College of Arts will enable you to explore the links between producing and processing speech and language as part of everyday social interaction.

School of Critical Studies
English Course IELTS Preparation

As well as providing more than 20 IELTS tests a year, the University of Liverpool English Language Centre offers language training specific to IELTS Preparation test taking on weekday afternoons.

M.A. English Part 2

This English Part 2 module from The Open University UK enables you to complete your MA in English by producing a dissertation on a topic that you choose yourself, guided by your tutor and building on the study areas and approaches you explored in MA English part 1. 

MScR American Literature

The American Literature programme offered by The University of Edinburgh provides students the opportunity to develop their interests in aspects of American literature, from first colonisation to the present, post-9/11 moment.

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
English Course English for Work

The English for Work course offered by The Language Gallery is for individuals looking to improve their English language skills, with a focus on professional vocabulary and business topics.

M.A. English Literature

The MA in English Literature at Brunel University London offers a combination of various approaches to the study of literary texts, including the historical, author-oriented readings, periodization and a postmillennial focus.

M.A. Spanish (Hons)

As an MA (Hons) student of Spanish, you will develop language and communications skills to a high level of proficiency. You will be able to choose from a broad range of course options that reflect and explore the rich cultural heritage of Spain and Latin America, including: literature from the Golden Age to the present day, history, linguistics, film and translation.

School of Spanish
M.Phil. German

Staff and postgraduate students in the Department of German pursue research across a broad spectrum of German studies, covering many aspects of language and linguistics, literature, history and culture from the early modern period to the present day. This MPhil in German is taught at University of Bristol.

Faculty of Arts
M.Res. Modern Languages

The Modern Languages programme offered by the University of Chester provides an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and research experience in your chosen field of Modern Languages and Area Studies. 

The Faculty of Humanities
English Course General English 30

Students who take General English 30 offered by Delfin English School will be placed into classes in the morning and the afternoon, every day, and will study for a total of 30 hours per week - it's Delfin English School's most intensive programme. The syllabus has been carefully designed to ensure that students on this course are studying as wide a range of topics and language as possible. 

M.A. Applied Linguistics

Are you interested in learning how the English language works? How it may be analysed and how you learn languages? The Applied Linguistics programme from University of Birmingham is a programme that allows you to develop expertise in specific areas of linguistics, such as corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, discourse analysis and/or language pedagogy. 

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
English Course Part Time English Courses

Students studying General English 6 or General English 9 will be integrated with students on the General English 15 course, either in the morning or the afternoon. These Part Time English Courses are offered by Delfin English School.

M.A. By Research English Literature

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

English Course Tailor-Made Solutions

The University of Liverpool English Language Centre provides Tailor-Made Solutions courses for partners across the globe, in fields as diverse as education, industry and government as well as summer and winter courses for university students and staff seeking an international experience in an exciting UK city.

English Course University Pathway Programme

The University Pathway Programme offered by The Language Gallery is a pre-sessional course designed for international students who are planning to study for a degree at a university in the UK, Canada, or Germany and need to meet the language requirement of their conditional offer.

M.A. English

The English MA at De Montfort University offers the best of both taught and research-focused postgraduate courses, enabling students to concentrate on their chosen assessments and individual interests while teaching them the practical skills involved in Humanities research, ranging from first-hand experience of conference management, presenting work and writing for publication.

School of Humanities
English Course One-to-one

The One-to-one course offered by The Language Gallery focuses 100% on your specific needs. We can spot any areas you need to strengthen and work with you to meet your individual goals. TLG offers its one-on-one course as a stand-alone class or combined with a core English class.

M.Litt. Spanish

The Spanish MLitt comprises taught and research-based elements, allowing you to focus in depth on one aspect of Latin American studies. Topics available include: linguistics, culture, history and politics of Latin America, the Spanish novel and Latin American film.

School of Modern Languages
M.Sc. Russia in Global Systems

Our Russia in Global Systems MSc focuses on the challenges involved in Russia’s global engagement and integration. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the interlocking reform challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, comprehensive knowledge of Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.A. Classical Studies Part 1

Our fascination with ancient Greece and Rome continues to this day. The postgraduate foundation module in Classical Studies Part 1 from The Open University UK provides some answers to the question, ‘How do we know what we know’ about these two ancient civilisations. It meets this challenge by investigating classical studies as a multidisciplinary field. 

Postgraduate Certificate Teachers of English (Literacy)

The Teachers of English (Literacy) taught at the University of Wolverhampton offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-16 educational and training establishments and will eventually enable the holder to submit evidence for Professional Formation and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

Institute of Education
M.Ed./PGDip./PGCert. Language, Literacies and Dyslexia

The Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme from the University of Birmingham, is aimed at teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children, young people and students in further and higher education at pre-16 and FE/HE education levels who have difficulties with learning literacy skills.

School of Education
M.Litt. English Literary Studies

The MLitt in English Literary Studies is primarily intended to provide a basis for undertaking research in English literature including the literature of Scotland and Ireland. Research 'training' involves the acquisition of practical skills and knowledge, and of specialised knowledge and understanding of literary periods and literary issues.

College of Arts and Social Sciences
English Course IELTS Exam Preparation

The IELTS Exam Preparation course offered by The Language Gallery will help you to develop the language and confidence you need to pass your IELTS exam, focusing on the reading, writing, speaking and listening components.

M.Litt. French Studies

The MLitt in French Studies offers students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of contexts that have shaped literature and culture in the French-speaking lands from the Medieval period to the present day.

School of French
M.A. English

The course furnishes the student with the opportunity to pursue English literary studies at an advanced level, developing the skills and knowledge required for textual, theoretical and historical analysis in the candidate’s chosen field. The English programme is offered at Bangor University.

School of English
M.Litt. Translation Studies

Translation Studies research is rapidly expanding. The University of Glasgow hosts a strong postgraduate community and discipline-specific networks and offer a stimulating research seminar programme, extensive library resources, wide-ranging expertise in the field and the opportunity for interdisciplinary supervision.

School of Modern Languages and Cultures
English Course General English

The General English course offered by The Language Gallery will develop your practical communication skills in speaking and writing as well as reading and listening and, of course, your fluency and grammatical accuracy. 

M.Sc. Translation Studies

With demand growing for qualified graduates, a Translation Studies MSc can open doors to a range of exciting international and national careers as well as self-employment options globally.

M.A. English Literature

There are many reasons why you might choose our English Literature MA of The University of Exeter. If you are thinking about taking your study of English to the next level in preparation for a PhD then our Department has the knowledge to give you the high level training you need to set you on that path.

College of Humanities
M.A. Education with TESOL

If you have a passion for education and a curiosity about the language teaching and learning process itself then this MA in Education with TESOL at Bishop Grosseteste University College will both enthuse and challenge in equal measure.

School of Teacher Development
M.A. English Composition

The MA in English Composition at Brunel University London offers a combination of various approaches to the study of literary texts, including the historical, author-oriented readings, periodization and a postmillennial focus.


Our programme is particularly suitable for teachers, teacher trainers, language school directors, curriculum developers, inspectors, lecturers and materials writers that want a deeper understanding of the theoretical background, practices and research in both TESOL and ICT.

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law
M.A. English Composition

The MA in English Composition at Brunel University London offers a combination of various approaches to the study of literary texts, including the historical, author-oriented readings, periodization and a postmillennial focus.

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
M.Sc. Clinical Linguistics

The MSc Clinical Linguistics programme is designed for those who have previously studied Language and Linguistics at undergraduate level and who wish to develop their study of this area of linguistics to Master’s level.

M.Res. English

The English programme offered by the University of Chester is a cross-discipline course designed to allow you the chance to specialise in literature and/or language in an area in which our academics have expertise.

The Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education

Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education, Goldsmiths, University of London - This new MA is a unique combination of linguistics and educational studies. It provides a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues that arise in multilingual and intercultural educational settings.

Department of English and Comparative Literature
M.A. English Linguistics

The M.A. in English Linguistics at Birmingham City University is a flexible distance-learning programme. You can work at your own pace fitting your study around work and other commitments.

School of English
M.A. Drama Education and English Language Teaching

Combining recent developments in drama education, second language acquisition and ELT methodology, this course offers an innovative approach to teaching drama as a key way of promoting learning and language acquisition in more creative and personalised ways. It is taught in conjunction with the Centre for Applied Linguistics, which has a particular expertise in ELT.

M.A. Educational Practice (English)

The Educational Practice (English) programme offered by the University of Chester provides a progressive framework for the professional learning and career development of educational practitioners.

Faculty of Education and Children's Services
M.A. TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

This masters degree in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University College London (UCL) is for practising teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL, EFL, ESOL) throughout the world. We accept teachers of other languages on the understanding that most of the examples used during the programme will be drawn from English language teaching.

Institute of Education
M.A. Modern Languages and Cultures

Our MA Modern Languages and Cultures master's course prepares students for undertaking further research in constituent disciplines, but it is also aimed at those who wish to broaden and deepen their critical engagement with the wide array of languages and cultures you can study as part of our programme.