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English Language & Linguistics MA,PGDip,PGCert

MA English Language and Linguistics

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


Find out more about the Languages and Identities in InterAction Research Unit (LIdIA)

Find out more about the Department of Languages and Linguistics (DoLL)

The MA in English Language & Linguistics (MA  ELL) is a wholly online  programme which is designed with education professionals in mind. As well as having to teach explicitly about language on particular Specifications – for example, English Language or English Language and Literature A Levels, and the ‘Study of Spoken English’ element at GCSE – teachers encounter many contexts where knowing more about language is important, regardless of their discipline or phase of operation. For example, Early Years teachers, Teaching Assistants, Special Needs staff and Language Support colleagues will all benefit from increasing their linguistic expertise. Colleagues from allied fields such as Educational Psychology will also find this programme relevant to their professional lives, as will anyone who is working in multilingual or international contexts.

We can cater for entrants with a varied range of expertise and knowledge, including those who already have some experience of language study. The programme is designed to be undertaken part-time. However, full-time study is also possible. Those who do not wish to commit to an entire MA programme can take a single module and build towards qualifications over time, including a Postgraduate Certificate (two modules), and a Postgraduate Diploma (four modules) as well as the full MA programme.


What qualifications do I need?

  • An undergraduate degree (normally 2:1), or an equivalent qualification or relevant professional experience acceptable to York St John University.
  • IELTS of at least 6, with at least 6 in writing (international students)

APEL Policy

Where applicants do not meet the stated entry requirements above, it may be possible to take into account evidence of APEL as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements.  For example, significant previous study or professional experience, such as significant previous teaching experience in English or language-related subject might be considered appropriate and relevant to meet the entry requirements.  In such a case, suitable references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Applicants initially registering to undertake a single module will be automatically registered on the programme to facilitate progression to one of the award bearing programmes should it subsequently be required.  Successful completion of one module will normally be considered an alternative route of entry to the programme.

Applicants will normally be interviewed.


Online application guideHow much will it cost?

The fees are subject to review.

Please visit our tuition fees webpage  for up-to-date information about fees

Discounts/Scholarships may be available for international students. Please contact YSJ International for further information: T: +44 1904 876884 E: ysjinternational@yorksj.ac.uk 


How do I apply?

In the first instance, please contact Shirley Reay: E s.reay@yorksj.ac.uk

Use the button below to apply for our full-time and part-time programmes.  For help completing the online application, please refer to our guide.


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MA English Language & Linguistics Full-time


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MA English Language & Linguistics Part-time



Further information

For further information please contact Shirley Reay  E: s.reay@yorksj.ac.uk