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Modern English Language by Web-based Distance Learning MA

Modern English Language by Web-based Distance Learning MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language Modern Languages

Course type


Course Summary

This course is ideal if students want the flexibility of building their own programme of language study. The web-based MA Modern English Language offers students the opportunity to follow a wide range of modules from across the expertise of the language section of the School of English. As well as completing this course at a pace that suits students and their other commitments, they have the flexibility to study towards a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MA (180 credits, including dissertation). The MA Modern English Language is also available as a taught full- or part-time course within the University. The acquisition of a master’s degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether students are using it to enhance their employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, they may benefit from careers advice as to how they can use their new found skills to their full potential. Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the School. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


4 years

Start date



This module will explore the relationship between language and gender in spoken interaction and written texts, drawing on key approaches in the areas of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and pragmatics. The extent to which gender affects the language we produce when interacting with one another in a variety of contexts will be focused on, along with the issue of sexism in language use. Various theoretical paradigms that have been presented to explain language and gender differences will be critically examined, along with gender ideologies which operate in society. Students will be encouraged to combine theoretical thinking with hands-on analyses of data from authentic examples of spoken interaction and from a variety of publications including the popular media. The practical consequences of the discipline in terms of how findings can have a political impact on wider society are also discussed.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent).