Postgraduate taught 

Applied Linguistics MSc

Written Text Analysis ENGLANG5112

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course focuses on written texts, examining models of discourse which provide practical insights into the structure and/or 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 discourse analysts. Teaching on this module includes a selection of work from the following topics: discourse structures, (cognitive) stylistic analysis, narrative and non-narrative texts.


1 x 1-hour lecture for 10 week, 14 x 1-hour seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the MSc options in English Language and Linguistics, and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

ENGLANG5070: Modern English Language
ENGLANG4055:Written Text Analysis




■ A long written assignment (5000 words) or (where appropriate) portfolio of two written assignments (2500 words each, 5000 words in total) 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ give an overview of different areas of discourse studies

■ facilitate a critical understanding of a range of approaches and methodologies for each

■ familiarise students with the main research tools

■ give 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 will:

■ have acquired an advanced understanding of the analytic tools needed to study a special topic in written text analysis and/or discourse studies

■ be able to 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.