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.
Members of staff in the Department offer 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.
The programme aims to allow you to develop an academic interest in the use of corpora in a variety of approaches.
It will also 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 and write a 20,000 thesis on a related subject of your choosing.
- The Department English Language and Applied Linguistics at 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.
- 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. The Centre provides resources, facilities, and technical and scientific advice to members of staff, students, and visitors on a variety of issues concerning the study of textual data.
- Over the past five years, over 92% of English Language and Applied Linguistics postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our graduates enter roles for which their programme has prepared them, such as translation, interpreting or teaching; others use their transferable skills in a wide range of occupations including journalism, marketing, publishing and media.
- The department celebrated excellent Research Assessment Exercise 2014 results. 34% of research at the University of Birmingham for English Language and Literature was top 4* rated ‘world-leading’. A further 53% was rated 3* ‘internationally excellent’.
You take three taught modules as part of the Corpus Linguistics MRes. These are:
- Introduction to Corpus Linguistics – topics covered in this module include the use of corpus access techniques; interpretation of corpus data; corpus-based theories of language.
- Research Methods in Corpus Linguistics – topics covered in this module include use and design of programs, corpus collection and research project design, and quantitative and qualitative modes of analysis. The module content is flexible to cater for the needs and interests of individual students.
- Advanced Corpus Linguistics – topics covered in this module again reflect students’ interests, but usually focus on applications of corpus analysis to problems, issues and questions in linguistic theory, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis AND language learning and teaching.
You also write a 20,000-word thesis on a subject of your own choosing.
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2016/17:
Home/EU: £7,200 full-time; £3,600 part-time
Overseas: £14,850 full-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding
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Birmingham?s English Language and Applied Linguistics postgraduates develop a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, particularly in relation to verbal and written communication. They also develop crucial skills in organisation, time management, analysis and interpretation of information.
Over the past five years, over 92% of English Language and Applied Linguistics postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our graduates enter roles for which their programme has prepared them, such as translation, interpreting or teaching; others use their transferable skills in a wide range of occupations including journalism, marketing, publishing and media.
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