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Leading in Linguistics and Language

Melanie Butler takes a look at the top schools for Master’s degrees in Linguistics and Language

Most ELT-related Masters come under Applied Linguistics, Education or English Language.

An Applied Linguistics MA from a top-ranking Linguistics department would be great, but relatively few top faculties offer ELT-related Masters. In the QS Global rankings, only two have a relevant course: Applied Linguistics at Edinburgh and Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Cambridge. And, of the 22 US Linguistics departments in the QS Top 50, we found only one ELT-related Masters course.

There are just three Australian and one Dutch ELT-related Masters in the QS Top 50. Hong Kong, however, has four faculties of Linguistics in the Top 50, with one MA in Applied Linguistics.

The UK has 8 Linguistics departments in the Top 200 with relevant courses. However, five UK universities known for their work on linguistics are based in Top-200 English Language faculties. We have listed them separately here under English Language.

ELT-related Masters in top-ranked* UK Linguistics Departments

(QS Top University global ranking in brackets)

  1. University of Edinburgh (4)
  2. University of Cambridge, University of (6)
  3. University of Lancaster, University of (12)
  4. University of Newcastle (Top 100)
  5. University of Essex, University of Leeds, University of Reading. (Top 150)

*Based on Top 200 departments QS Top University by subject.

ELT-related Masters in top-ranked* UK English Language departments

(QS Top University global ranking in brackets)

  1. Birmingham (34)
  2. Nottingham (48)
  3. Cardiff (51-100)
  4. Liverpool (101-150)
  5. Swansea (150-200)

*Based on Top 200 departments QS Top University by subject.

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Melanie Butler
Melanie Butler
Melanie started teaching EFL in Iran in 1975. She worked for the BBC World Service, Pearson/Longman and MET magazine before taking over at the Gazette in 1987 and also launching Study Travel magazine. Educated in ten schools in seven countries, she speaks fluent French and Spanish and rather rusty Italian.
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