Department of Language and Linguistics

Masters study

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The world in one place

We're the leading UK university for language and linguistics research (REF 2014). We're also the only UK university to offer MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling.

If you want to delve deeper, scrutinise and rigorously test the accepted thinking in language and linguistics, welcome home. We expect you to debate and engage with our research community, contributing to knowledge in the discipline.

Our research feeds directly into what we teach you in the classroom to ensure you have the best learning experience. Your classes are small so you benefit from intensive, personal teaching and throughout your course, you have access to our great facilities, including a state-of-the-art interpreting lab with equipment matching that of the UN.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Explore our Master's courses 
Why choose us?
  • Small class sizes, with intensive, personal teaching.
  • 9th in the UK for research quality (REF 2014).
  • Great facilities, including interpreting lab with equipment matching that of the UN.
"My course at Essex was the perfect preparation and launchpad for my career. The first-rate facilities and teaching made for a great learning experience. I also had great fun working with fellow students from all over the world on an array of projects."
Max Green MA Translation, interpreting and subtitling

Thriving postgraduate community

Join fellow students to practice your presentation skills at our postgraduate conferences:


One Masters not enough?

We offer a number of postgraduate taught dual awards with our international partners. 

These awards are 1+1 progression arrangements where you work for two Masters degrees, one at Essex and another at a prestigious university across the globe. 

Normally, a single Masters degree in Europe would take you two years to complete. Our dual awards allow you to gain two Masters in two years, a year less than studying them separately.

This unique opportunity gives you experience of different cultures, preparing you for an international career, or for a PhD. You also gain a competitive edge when applying for jobs once you leave Essex.

Our dual awards in the Department of Language and Linguistics are joint with the Sun-Yat Sen University, School of International Studies, Xi’an International Studies University, Beijing Forestry University and Guandong University of Foreign Studies. To find out more, contact Karolina Dylewska at

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