Stylistics MA

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

17 September 2018


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472375

About the course

This course is designed to provide you with a high level education in Stylistics, taught by a strong team of leading scholars in the field.

It covers a range of topics based on staff expertise, including critical, cognitive, corpus and experimental stylistics. You will be given the chance to engage with cutting-edge research in your area, as well as to develop skills in common methodologies for stylistic analysis, such as corpus linguistics.

All of the modules on this course are taught by a new ‘block delivery’ method which allows you to come to Huddersfield for intensive teaching three times a year and spend the remaining weeks elsewhere if it suits your work/life situation. But if you wish to participate in the life of Linguistics at Huddersfield all year round there are many activities you can get involved with between the intensive weeks of teaching.

Your studies are led by experts who are renowned nationally and internationally for their excellence in teaching and research. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, 20% of our overall submission was said to be 'world leading' and 53% to be internationally excellent'. (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

We have a vibrant research community of both national and international students. We regularly host conferences which reflect the research interests of our academic staff, and research seminars by our own students, staff and visiting guest speakers. We also organise our own Postgraduate Conference.

For more information about our research areas of interest visit our Linguistics and Modern Languages research pages

Course detail


This module aims to equip you with the analytical skills to identify the linguistic source of stylistic effects in literary and non-literary texts and to evaluate the interpretative significance of these for readers. You will engage with a range of debates in the field as well as cutting-edge research in cognitive and corpus stylistics to investigate both literary and non-literary style. The module covers both theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of stylistics.

Critical Stylistics

This module aims to equip you with a set of analytical skills used for the identification and evaluation of the linguistic devices which encode ideologies in spoken and written texts. The module’s case studies will include the advanced study of Critical Stylistics in a range of different texts, including both spoken and written texts.

Cognitive Stylistics

This module will help familiarise you with theoretical developments in cognitive stylistics, and aim to provide you with a set of analytical skills used for the identification and evaluation of the linguistic devices which readers respond to in spoken and written texts.

Experimental Stylistics

This module aims to familiarise you with theoretical and practical developments in experimental stylistics, and helps provide you with a set of analytical skills used for the experimental identification and empirical analysis of linguistic features of style in spoken and written texts.

Dissertation in Stylistics

The module helps guide you through a process of project-planning, including general research skills background reading, research and writing up. This process will be common to all students, though as it progresses, it will become individualised to suit your interests and project.

Teaching and assessment

We use a range of activities and modes of learning and assessment throughout the course, all of which provide an essential context for academic development and a satisfying learning experience. The communal nature of many of our learning strategies ensures that you feel part of a dynamic and interdependent community.

Teaching and learning formats include lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one discussions. You experience a range of assessment methods, including formative and summative assignments. Assessment includes essays, reports of original research, blogs, posters, presentations and the dissertation.

Summative assessment takes place principally at the end of each module. In order to provide early feedback, formative assessment forms part of all modules and is carried out during the course of the term in which the module is delivered. Assessment can be varied to meet specific student needs.

All work is moderated and subject to second marking and external examining.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

A degree in English Language, English Literature, Linguistics or a cognate subject (e.g. Psychology), with a classification of 2.1 or above. Otherwise strong candidates who lack rudimentary knowledge of basic descriptive linguistics will be assisted in acquiring the knowledge and skills they need

Applications from international students will be considered on an individual basis, and with advice from the University's International Office. Where necessary applicants will be expected to demonstrate their spoken and written English language skills by achieving a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student Work

As a postgraduate student, you'll have opportunities to work with staff whose research work is particularly focussed on finding linguistic solutions for real-world problems. We've received funding from major research councils such as the AHRC, British Academy and ESRC, and frequently work with non-academic partners on impact-focussed research projects, developing partnerships with the public, private and third sectors. 


Your Career

Add to your skills, whether studying as an English Language or Literature teacher, or with a view to pursuing an academic career.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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