Literary Linguistics MA

 
  

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Qualification
MA Literary Linguistics
Duration
1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (Upper 2nd class honours undergraduate degree or international equivalent) in English language/literature or a related arts or humanities subject
Other requirements
Transcripts are required
IELTS
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course combines the theoretical and ideological dimensions of language study with practical applications.
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The School of English at Nottingham has long been in the forefront of research and teaching in the interface between language, literature and culture.

The Literary Linguistics MA provides an exciting opportunity to explore the interface of language, cognition, literature and culture. You will work with several leading world figures while discovering your own position as a stylistician.  The programme covers a wide range of material, with options to develop your own thinking and pursue your own interests and research.

The principle of language study that we have established at Nottingham combines theoretical and ideological dimensions with practical applications. We believe in a humane linguistics and a rational approach to literary scholarship. 

This course explores the role of language in literature using a variety of approaches, ranging from discourse analysis to corpus linguistics, and cognitive poetics. We believe that linguistics and literary study cannot be separated, and we aim to turn you into a creative-thinking interdisciplinary expert in literary linguistics.

Key facts

  • Masters students attend research events and are actively engaged in the research community of the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL)
  • The school was ranked 9th for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • 7th for English in The Complete University Guide 2017
  • 49th in the QS World University 2018 rankings for English Language and Literature
  • 9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014)
  • The programme offers an excellent route towards pursuing a PhD
  • The MA in Literary Linguistics is also available as a web-based distance learning course
  • For details of ESRC, and other sources of funding, visit the school's website
  • Hear from current students in our School of English Masters student videos

Teaching

You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources.  Principle features of the masters programme include:

  • seminar group teaching
  • group and one-to-one tuition with academic members of staff
  • teaching informed by active researchers
  • access to a variety of on-line resources
  • flexible course content
  • a theoretical grounding in research methodology
  • innovative and engaging teaching methods

Please Note:

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies.  Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

 

Course details

The course explores the ways in which language and literary studies can be integrated. It draws on different contemporary approaches to language and discourse from the fields of modern linguistics, cognitive science and related fields. It covers a diverse range of poetry, prose, and drama, and also offers contrastive study of non-literary discourse, including spoken language.

This course can be taken over one year, full-time (September to September) and part-time over two to three years.

Most taught modules are assessed by written work of varying format and length commensurate with content and weighting.  Tutors provide detailed comments on assignments. The objective is to provide you with the confidence to work as professional academics, at ease with the conventions of the discipline, and ready to tackle any area of research in literary linguistics.

Towards the end of your studies, you will complete a supervised dissertation of 14,000 words. This is a major piece of advanced independent research, which you will undertake with the supervision of a specialist in your chosen area. We will provide you with advice and guidance while you select and refine your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research and your MA.

You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources, as well as small group, and individual tuition.

Tutors provide detailed comments on assignments. The objective is to provide you with the confidence to work as professional academics, at ease with the conventions of the discipline, and ready to tackle any area of research in literary linguistics.

In the early stages of your dissertation, your supervisor will read through and comment on draft work. The dissertation itself comprises a piece of your own research, assessed by written work of 14,000 words.

This MA is also available as a web-based distance learning course.

 
 

Modules

The following is a sample of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change, for example due to curriculum developments.

Non-subject specific modules

All students will take one of the following two modules:

Research Methods: The Laboratory of the Arts

This module enhances students’ research skills, to support engagement in high-level research on a disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and transdisciplinary basis. An array of research techniques and methodologies will be critically reviewed and students will develop skills in gathering research insights from a range of sources drawn from across the Faculty.

 
Arts in Society

This module is designed to encourage students to think about the broader context of the Arts: to appreciate, evaluate and communicate the value of the Arts beyond the academy. Students will engage with the practices and techniques required to produce advanced research and develop the skills to communicate this research to a variety of audiences.

 
Professional development modules

Depending on your course you will also have the option to select from a range of professional development modules.

You take the following compulsory modules:

Cognition & Literature

This module represents a course in cognitive poetics. It draws on insights developed in cognitive science, especially in psychology and linguistics, in order to develop an understanding of the processes involved in literary reading. The module also develops skills in stylistics and critical theory.

 
Consciousness in Fiction

The module will explore in depth techniques for the presentation of consciousness in novels and other fictional texts. You will learn about the linguistic indices associated with the point of view of characters and the various modes available to a writer for the presentation of characters’ thoughts and perceptions.

Alongside detailed examinations of narrative texts which portray consciousness, students will also study different theories put forward to explain the nature of writing consciousness in texts. Our stylistic analyses of fictional minds will also aim to account for historical changes in the techniques used for consciousness presentation.

 
Dramatic Discourse

This module explores the relationship between language and drama. Taking a multi-faceted approach, drawing on facets of linguistic analysis from stylistics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, the module considers the role of language in moving dramatic scripts from page to stage, exploring aspects of characterisation (such as identity, power and provocation), the role of language in story-telling on stage and the 'management' of performance through stage directions.

Working with a range of texts from the early modern period to the present day, the module investigates the role of language in shaping character, dialogue, interaction, and staging.

 
Narratology

This module surveys key work in narratology, from literary, stylistic, and sociolinguistic perspectives. Combining a consideration of ideological and theoretical issues in narratology with methodological approaches from other areas of linguistic study such as pragmatics, discourse analysis and cognitive poetics, the module will explore narratological analysis in relation to both literary and non-literary narratives.

 
Research in Literary Linguistics

This module explores the use of linguistic frameworks to investigate literary texts. Through a series of practical analyses, you will be introduced to a range of linguistic explorations of poetry, prose, and drama from a wide range of historical periods.

The module will invite you to use the analyses as an occasion for the critical evaluation of the various approaches to language and literature, to investigate the notions of literariness and interpretation, and to consider the scope and validity of stylistics in relation to literature and literary studies. The range of key research methods and methodologies in stylistics will be studied.

 

You then take one further module from across the School of English.

These include modules in the areas of: applied linguistics, English language, medieval studies, Viking & Anglo-Saxon studies, creative writing and English literature. Some optional modules may have pre-requisites; if so, these are specified in the module catalogue.

More information on the above modules is available in the Module Catalogue.

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The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

UK/EU Students

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, however, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities.

Please visit the school's website for the latest information about funding opportunities, including ESRC funding.

The Graduate School website at the University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the school. Previous Literary Linguistics MA graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers, with a particularly high proportion continuing their dissertation research into doctorates and into academic posts at universities around the world.

Conducting postgraduate work in the School of English fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. 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.

We will help you develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information quickly, and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way. A postgraduate degree from the School of English at the University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Our applicants are among the best in the country, and employers expect the best from our graduates.

Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

In 2016, 94.1% of postgraduates from the School of English who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,333 with the highest being £22,000.**

Notes:
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research
** Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice from the dedicated Faculty of Arts careers team as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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