MRes Corpus Linguistics

This programme is relevant for those who have a professional interest in language, for example as teachers or translators; for those who have studied language at university and who wish to extend this knowledge further; and for those who have an interest in language and computers and who wish to bring these two areas together in an innovative and exciting field. 

Course fact file

Type of Course: Combined research and taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: September


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.

Why study this course

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.

Fees and funding

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.

Entry requirements

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

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Learning and teaching

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

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The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Over the past five years, over 95% of our English postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation using the transferable skills gained in their postgraduate degree. Graduate occupations have included banking, the charity sector, education, higher education, local government, police, PR, and media.