The programme aims to:
Allow you to develop an academic interest in the use of corpora in a variety of approaches
Provide research training in the growing area of corpus linguistics, as a basis for more advanced research in this area
You take three taught modules as part of the Corpus Linguistics MRes. These are:
An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics
Research Methods in Corpus Linguistics
Advanced Corpus Linguistics
You also write a 20,000-word thesis on a subject of your own choosing.
The English Department of the University of Birmingham is one of the leading centres for the study of Corpus Linguistics in Britain. In the 1980s and 1990s it was the home of the Cobuild project, under the direction of Professor John Sinclair. This project led to the publication of the famous Cobuild dictionaries and grammars which are widely used today in English Language Teaching.
More recently, the university has established the first (in Britain) Chair in Corpus Linguistics, occupied since June 2000 by Professor Wolfgang Teubert. Professor Teubert is the director of a number of projects in multilingual corpus research, including the EU-funded Concerted Action TELRI (Trans-European Language Resources Infrastructure). The English Department today offers expertise in the use of corpora in various fields, such as English language teaching, translation, lexicography, historical linguistics, literature, grammar, forensic linguistics, language processing, psycholinguistics and discourse analysis. The Departments of German and Italian also have interests in corpora. Other Schools in the university, notably Computer Science and Engineering, also offer expertise in computational linguistics and natural language processing.
Students at Birmingham have free access to the 450 million word Bank of English corpus, and to the hardware, software and data resources held at the Centre for Corpus Research.
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are as follows:
Home/EU: £6,570 full-time; £3,285 part-time
Overseas: £13,665 full-time
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.