MSc in English Language and English Linguistics - Discourse Studies (Option) ENGLANG5076

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This component focuses on written texts, examining models of discourse which provide practical insights into the structure and cognitive processing of these texts. Students will study a number of approaches and will look critically at the models suggested by well-known text linguists, stylisticians and (critical) discourse analysts. Teaching on this module includes a selection of work from the following topics:  discourse structures, stylistic analysis, cognitive processing of texts, forensic issues, narrative and non-narrative texts, socio-political analysis of texts, pragmatics.


2 hour weekly seminars for 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





A summative essay or (when appropriate) portfolio of essays/exercises, amounting to 5000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an overview of different areas of discourse studies, facilitating a critical understanding of a range of approaches and methodologies for each, and familiarising students with the main research tools. It aims to provide a framework within which students can undertake research into text linguistics and discourse analysis. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students should be able to:


■ Acquire an advanced understanding of the analytic tools needed to study a special topic in Discourse Studies

■ analyse a body of data relevant to the topic, using quantitative or qualitative methods or a combination of the two

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.