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 – 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 statistics, use and design of programs, corpus collection and research project design. 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 include corpora in translation; cultural studies; historical studies; language teaching; and language processing.
You also write a 20,000-word thesis on a subject of your own choosing.
Why study this course
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.
Today the Department hosts the Centre for Corpus Research, the purpose of which is to further the use of corpus analysis in research, teaching and learning. 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.
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.
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 2015/16 are as follows:
Home/EU: £6,840 full-time; £3,420 part-time
Overseas: £14,140 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.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students
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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.
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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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