M.Litt. in English Language and Linguistics

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M.Litt. Programme Structure

The teaching year at Stirling is divided into two semesters, running from mid-September to mid-December and from mid-January to mid-April.


The MLitt in English Language and Linguistics consists of: two core programme modules, Linguistic Structures and Linguistic Contexts, which provide a thorough grounding in theoretical linguistics; three option modules which will allow you to develop your expertise in specific areas of English Language and Linguistics; and a module on Research Training in the Arts and Humanities, as detailed below. When you take these modules depends on whether you are studying full-time (over 12 months, from September to August) or part-time (over 24 months).

Core Module (20 credits each)

  1. Autumn Semester: Linguistic Structures; Linguistic Contexts.


Option Modules (20 credits each)

The specific option modules offered each year may vary, depending on the availability of teaching staff, but are likely to include the following, further details of which can be found by following the links to the individual module pages:


  1. Autumn Semester: Historical Linguistics and the History of English, Language and Cognition, Grammar for TESOL.

  2. Spring Semester: Sociolinguistics and Varieties of English, Evolutionary Linguistics, Old and Middle English, Corpus Linguistics.


Research Training (20 credits)

All students will be members of the English Language and Linguistics Reading Group, a fortnightly meeting where we read and discuss interesting linguistics papers from the literature. Suggestions for papers to read are warmly welcome.


Students also attend the School’s Research Methods courses as part of their study, where they will learn subject-specific skills of research, as well as general skills of information-gathering and academic writing. Through the writing of extended essays and a Dissertation, and the mock submission of a journal article, students will develop a critical methodology appropriate to Masters-level study in the humanities, as well as generic skills of written communication and presentation.


Dissertation (60 credits)

You will write a final dissertation of 15,000 words on a subject of your choosing, in consultation with a member of staff.  As the culmination of the programme, and as your most original and sustained piece of work, your mark on the dissertation is weighted significantly more highly than your work for individual modules. Students who do not embark on the dissertation may be awarded a Diploma.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching takes the form of regular lectures and small group tutorials.


Assessment is by module coursework and the Dissertation. Though all the modules will offer close and careful supervision, students are expected to take proper responsibility for their own studies.