About this course
Discover the effect of the English language across the world on this MA in Global Englishes at the University of Southampton. You’ll study the use of English in global contexts and get tuition from leading experts in the field. This master’s degree can help you progress to a career in teaching, politics or publishing.
On this UK master’s course, you’ll learn about English as a world language and the influence it has had on other cultures and the varieties of Englishes spoken worldwide.
With over 2 billion speakers of English as a second language worldwide today, you'll look into questions covering a range of topics with an international perspective. They include ‘what is “correct” English?’, ‘who “owns” English?’ and ‘how should it be used and taught?’.
The course gives you the chance to explore and understand the way in which English is used and taught on a global scale. You’ll look into what this means for our understanding of English, language and communication more generally. You'll cover key issues in global Englishes including:
- English as a lingua franca (common language)
- world Englishes
- the role of English in education globally
- English language policy and practice
- intercultural communication and intercultural pragmatics (how context contributes to meaning)
The degree will be taught by members of staff from the research Centre for Global Englishes.
The course leader is Dr Will Baker. He's the Director of the Centre for Global Englishes and an Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Linguistics. Dr Baker’s research focuses on global Englishes and intercultural communication. He also supervises doctoral students in these areas and oversees MA programmes in Global Englishes, Intercultural Communication and English Language Teaching: Online. Find out more on Dr Baker’s staff profile page.
This course is based at Avenue.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in English, modern languages, or a related subject.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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On this MA Global Englishes, each semester is made up of a combination of compulsory and optional modules.
The aim of the first semester is to provide you with a grounding in English as a world language.
In the second semester, you’ll pick optional modules to allow you to specialise in your chosen field.
With your tutor’s help you’ll prepare for, and write, your dissertation.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this global englishes master’s include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We’ll assess you through:
- coursework, laboratory reports and essays
- a dissertation
- group essays
- individual and group projects
- written exams
You’ll need to write a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
Career destinations for our graduates on this postgraduate course in global englishes include:
- research into global Englishes
- applied linguistics teaching
- English language teaching in state and private institutions internationally
- education ministries
- the publishing industry
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000