English language

Everything starts with language.

English language
The role of language in society intrigues you.

You appreciate the uniqueness of language, and how it underpins all that we do. You want to learn how language is acquired and understand its role in each and every one of our daily lives. At Essex you will learn how language is learnt and used in varying contexts. From the media to the marketplace, courtrooms and conversation – everything starts with language. 

Why study here?
  • You're taught by lecturers who are internationally recognised for their language research.
  • Join our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe.
  • We give you the option to work abroad, or study overseas at a partner university of your choice.
In our era of global communication, more people speak English than ever before.

English is the language of the internet, science and medicine, international business and politics. When you study language, you open the door to a whole new world. Our English language courses provide you with a deep understanding of the structure and uses of this century's global language. Ambitious students who are curious about language and its relationship to the world find their home at Essex. 

Why study here?
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, intensity weighted GPA, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Gain real-world, practical experience in the analysis and description of English.
  • Pursue your academic interests – specialise in a range of areas in the study of English language or teaching.
We have a large and thriving graduate research community. 

We provide an active and stimulating environment to carry out your doctoral research and offer five routes to a research degree.

  • The Master of Linguistic Research (MRes)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • PhD by supervised research (PhDSR)
  • PhD new route integrated (PhDNR)
  • PhD distance learning (Distance PhD)
Why study here?
  • Ranked in the top 250 for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021)
  • More than three-quarters of our research rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).
  • Our students use their postgraduate research to make a contribution to the academic environment and wider society.
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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.