Language and Linguistics, MA
This flexible programme allows you to develop your specialist interests in a particular area or to combine different areas of study in Language and Linguistics. There is one core module on Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language, which provides an essential grounding in the various research skills and methods involved in studying language.
There is a wide choice of optional modules, enabling you tailor the programme to your own interests. You may choose to specialise in a particular area of Language and Linguistics by selecting modules relating to different themes, including:
- Theoretical and Descriptive Linguistics
- Language and Cognition
- Language in Use/Language in Society
- (Forensic) Speech Science and Technology
- Language, Variation and Change
- Language Learning and Teaching
With research groups in corpus studies, discourse studies, language testing, literacy studies, second language learning and teaching, the opportunities for learning extend far beyond the classroom. Past students tell us that the opportunity to participate in the various activities of our research centres and groups is one of the most valuable aspects of studying in the department.
This programme requires you to complete a 12,500-word dissertation relating to any area of language and linguistics that we teach. Working on your dissertation will help you develop valuable research and transferrable skills which are useful in most careers and of course if you decide to continue to doctoral studies. You may opt to complete an extended dissertation (20,000-25,000 words) subject to satisfactory performance on the programme.
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a language/linguistics-related degree or one with a number of language/linguistics-related subjects.
English Language Requirements
We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.
We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. We also consider other English language qualifications.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Postgraduate Academic Study Skills
- Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language
- Bilingualism and Cognition
- Cognitive Linguistics
- Content-Based Approaches to Language Education
- Corpus Linguistics
- Critical Discourse Analysis
- Curriculum Design in Language Education
- Experimental Approaches to Language and Cognition
- Experimental Phonetics
- Forensic Linguistics
- Intercultural Communication
- Intercultural Encounters: Applying Theories of Intercultural Communication
- Introduction to Discourse Studies
- Language Test Construction and Evaluation
- Principles of Language Teaching
- Second Language Acquisition
- Using Corpora in Language Teaching
- 12 months full time
- 24 months part time
- For UK students: £9,440 per year
- For International students: £19,940 per year
- For UK students: £4,720 per year
- For International students: £9,970 per year
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