What will I study?
The MA ELL is a modular course which comprises
four taught online modules (see below) plus a dissertation. Since
the four modules are all self contained, they do not need to be
studied in any particular order. However, the dissertation forms
the final part of the programme and is undertaken once the four
modules have been completed. It is also possible to replace one of
the four taught modules with a negotiated study (see below) which
allows you to follow up, for example, a particular professional
interest or to convert Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
work into an accredited module.
- Language Structure: this module introduces you
to core phonological and grammatical terms and concepts, exploring
the application of these to language use in its wider context.
- Texts and Technologies: this module provides
you with opportunities to think critically about notions of text,
technology and the changing landscape of communication in the 21st
- Language and Cognition: this module gives you
a critical appreciation of the cognitive processes of language
acquisition and use, as well as the relationship between language
- Language and Society: this module gives you an
opportunity to investigate how language varies according to who is
involved in the communication as well as where, when and why it
- Negotiated Study: the Negotiated Study allows
you to negotiate and undertake a piece of independent work. The
module may be taken in place of one of the four taught online
- Dissertation: the dissertation will be the
final module of the MA ELL and provides an opportunity for you to
extend your studies in an area of the programme already completed,
or into a new area of study, through negotiating a research topic
with your supervisor.
How will I study?
The programme is designed with the needs of
adults in mind. We understand therefore that work and life
commitments mean that you may have more study time available at
some times than at others. Since the programme is completely
online, you can access course material when it’s convenient and
work through the modules at your own pace. Every module is
supported by a designated tutor who organises times in every week
when they can be contacted ‘live’. If these times are not suitable,
the tutor can also be contacted via email at other times. All
modules are also supported by online discussion groups to encourage
you to develop a mutually supportive online community.
How will I be assessed?
The programme uses a wide variety of assessment
types. These include written assignments/projects, online tasks,
the collection and analysis of language data, a dissertation,
discussion postings, formative assessment and online tests. There
are no exams.
Level of IT skill
The programme assumes that you have easy access
to online facilities and that you are familiar with the internet
and email. Online IT support materials are available to
students who are less familiar with online learning environments. A
face-to-face study day also takes place at the beginning of
every academic year where you are, amongst other things, introduced
to the range of IT facilities used on the programme and the
practices of being part of an online study community.
Degree programme information