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Study a graduate program in English language

What will I study in a graduate English language program?

A graduate English language program allows you to examine how the English language has evolved over time, including modules in linguistics, the history of English, grammar and the phonology of English.
This is a postgraduate course for students who want to learn more about how languages continue to develop and change over time. You can expect to improve your knowledge critical terminology and concepts, improve your research skills and take a major project on a key aspect of linguistics.
You should expect the content to vary depending on the country you study the subject in.

Length of program

The length of a graduate English language program depends on the course, country and institution you choose to study in. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

In order to get onto a graduate English language program, you will normally have to have an undergraduate degree in English or a related. Some courses may accept students with other qualifications, but you should check directly with your chosen institution first.  

Career development

A graduate English language program will set you up for a future career in linguistics, academia and teaching, but is applicable to many areas of work.

The skills you gain, such as an ability to concisely condense arguments and research, organising your ideas and facts into a coherent manner and creative thought will be useful for a number of different jobs and career sectors.

Going into academia and taking a PhD or further study is also a popular route.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:

  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Publisher
  • Civil service

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate English programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000

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