Postgraduate taught degrees

English Language & Linguistics at Glasgow offers world-leading expertise in modern English language and linguistics, English historical linguistics, Scots and English in Scotland, and medieval English studies.

You will benefit from a vibrant research environment, with world-leading researchers and library facilities. In 2017 we won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for our work in English Language over the last 50 years.

Glasgow was ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research strength in English Language & Literature (REF 2014). English Language & Literature at Glasgow is ranked 31st in the world (QS World Rankings 2020). Study with us and you will work closely with academics considered leaders in their fields.

Research opportunities

We offer the following research study options: PhD, MLitt, MPhil and MRes.

Our research areas include:

  • Historical English language, literature and medieval studies – including manuscript studies, codicology, textual and editing, literary and gender criticism, historical linguistics
  • Contemporary English linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, psycholinguistics, morphology, semantics, text analysis, sociolinguistics and onomastics
  • Language in Scotland, including spoken and written Scottish English and Scots, and translation studies
  • Applied Linguistics, including language in education and professional practice, critical discourse analysis, forensic linguistics and systemic functional linguistics.

You may want to identify and contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal before you apply.