World Englishes by Web Based Distance Learning (MA)
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 to 3 years part-time
After an introduction to the key ideas in describing modern English, you then go on to choose from a wide range of optional modules. Central to these is the study of the different varieties of English spoken and written around the world.
You can choose to study the language, culture and literatures of the Pacific rim, the Atlantic triangle, or both, and combine your study with courses in literary linguistics, discourse analysis, and a range of literary modules. You could also give your studies a pedagogic dimension by exploring the teaching implications of your work.
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
A supervised dissertation completes the course.
Full-time students normally complete the course within 12 months; part-time students may take not less than 24 months and not more than 48 months to complete. Part-time study is strongly recommended.
The MA begins with a preparation in Descriptive Linguistic Analysis (30 credits) followed by a further 90 credits in optional modules (which can be begun at any time of the year and completed as quickly or as slowly as required within guidelines).
A 60-credit dissertation completes the MA.
All taught modules are assessed by written work of around 3,000 words or equivalent (for a 15 credit module). Tutors provide feedback on practice exercises as preparation, and detailed comments on assignments.
The dissertation module is assessed by written work of 12,000 - 15,000 words.
You will have access to many online resources, as well as your own personal tutor for each module that you take. Particular features of the programme include:
• a theoretical grounding in research methodology and linguistic description
• one-to-one tuition with expert members of staff
• an online discussion board and forum
• innovative and engaging teaching methods
• access to many online resources
• great flexibility in course content, optionality, and changes in direction.
All MA students in the School of English Studies join a lively and thriving postgraduate community. As such, you will be invited to attend a voluntary `Weekend-School` each summer, giving you a chance to meet other students in the School face-to-face.
Instead of completing the entire MA programme, students who have less time for study may wish to take fewer modules, leading to the awards of: Advanced Certificate (60 credits) and Advanced Diploma (120 credits
• The MA in World Englishes is a distance learning programme that is supported by a voluntary ‘Weekend School’ at the University each summer – this is an ideal way to meet your fellow students and tutors.
• The course is taught using a course tool software called WebCT.
• As well as completing this course at a pace that suits you and your other commitments, you have the flexibility to study towards a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MA (180 credits, including dissertation) or even on a ‘pay per module’ basis.