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Stylistics MA 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course is designed to provide you with a high level education in Stylistics, taught by a strong team of leading scholars in the field.

It covers a range of topics based on staff expertise, including critical, cognitive, corpus and experimental stylistics. You will be given the chance to engage with cutting-edge research in your area, as well as to develop skills in common methodologies for stylistic analysis, such as corpus linguistics.

All of the modules on this course are taught by a new ‘block delivery' method which allows you to come to Huddersfield for intensive teaching three times a year and spend the remaining weeks elsewhere if it suits your work/life situation. But if you wish to participate in the life of Linguistics at Huddersfield all year round there are many activities you can get involved with between the intensive weeks of teaching.

Your studies are led by experts who are renowned nationally and internationally for their excellence in teaching and research. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, 20% of our overall submission was said to be 'world leading' and 53% to be internationally excellent'. (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

We have a vibrant research community of both national and international students. We regularly host conferences which reflect the research interests of our academic staff, and research seminars by our own students, staff and visiting guest speakers. We also organise our own Postgraduate Conference.

For more information about our research areas of interest visit our Linguistics and Modern Languages research pages

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

A degree in English Language, English Literature, Linguistics or a cognate subject (e.g. Psychology), with a classification of 2.1 or above.

•  Otherwise strong candidates who lack rudimentary knowledge of basic descriptive linguistics will be assisted in acquiring the knowledge and skills they need

•  Students with English as a second language are required to have an IELTS score of 7 minimum with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.


Postgraduate Admissions
Tel: 01484 472375

Places available:


(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

You take 180 credits at Master's level.


This module aims to equip you with the analytical skills to identify the linguistic source of stylistic effects in texts and to evaluate the interpretative significance of these for readers. You will engage with cutting-edge research in both cognitive and corpus stylistics to investigate both literary and non-literary style. The module aims to cover both theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of stylistics.

Critical Stylistics

This module aims to equip you with a set of analytical skills used for the identification and evaluation of the linguistic devices which encode ideologies in spoken and written texts. The module’s case studies will include the advanced study of Critical Stylistics in a range of different texts, including both spoken and written texts.

Cognitive Stylistics

This module will help familiarise you with theoretical developments in cognitive stylistics, and aim to provide you with a set of analytical skills used for the identification and evaluation of the linguistic devices which readers respond to in spoken and written texts.

Experimental Stylistics

This module aims to familiarise you with theoretical and practical developments in experimental stylistics, and helps provide you with a set of analytical skills used for the experimental identification and empirical analysis of linguistic features of style in spoken and written texts.

Dissertation in Stylistics

The module helps guide you through a process of project-planning, including general research skills background reading, research and writing up. This process will be common to all students, though as it progresses, it will become individualised to suit your interests and project.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course is ideally suited to education professionals such as A-level English Language and/or English Language and Literature teachers, wishing to further their knowledge of stylistics, or for those wishing to develop their knowledge before going on to train as a teacher of English. For overseas students, this is an opportunity to study with a group of leading scholars in Stylistics which is highly relevant to academic and pedagogically-related careers all over the world.

For students wishing to pursue an academic career, the course also provides a firm foundation for doctoral research in stylistics.

Other careers open to our graduates include public relations, marketing, audiovisual translation (e.g. subtitling) and any career requiring high level communication skills

Professional links and accreditations

Linguistics is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research, and the Stylistics Research Centre, and our staff have held official positions in the PALA - the Poetics and Linguistics Association, the world's leading organisation for the study of linguistics.

We edit and publish the popular magazine Babel which is aimed at non-specialist readers with an interest in linguistics and language-related issues and students have the opportunity to write or review for the magazine, as well asLingo, a digital magazine aimed at younger readers.

Find out more about our research

Teaching and assessment

We use a range of activities and modes of learning and assessment throughout the course, all of which provide an essential context for academic development and a satisfying learning experience. The communal nature of many of our learning strategies ensures that you feel part of a dynamic and interdependent community.

Teaching and learning formats include lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one discussions. You experience a range of assessment methods, including formative and summative assignments. Assessment includes essays, reports of original research, blogs, posters, presentations and the dissertation.

Summative assessment takes place principally at the end of each module. In order to provide early feedback, formative assessment forms part of all modules and is carried out during the course of the term in which the module is delivered. Assessment can be varied to meet specific student needs.

All work is moderated and subject to second marking and external examining.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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