Department of Language and Linguistics

Masters study

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The world in one place

90% of our Department of Language and Linguistics students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020). 

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?
  • We're are the only UK university to offer MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling
  • Ranked 14th in the UK for linguistics (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 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

Covid-19 and Teaching

Information for applicants and returning students

About a third of our linguistic modules are currently planned to be fully online, while the rest are either planned to be in person or to have a mix of online and in person. Among the language modules, the split is more like half-half. While we would all really prefer to have everything back in the classroom from October, this is not likely to be possible, because classroom space is much more limited while we still have to take precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

Find out more Read our COVID-19 guidance for applicants and returning students.

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    Department of Language and Linguistics for Undergraduate Enquiries University of Essex
    Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
    Department of Language and Linguistics for Postgraduate Enquiries University of Essex
    Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ