Join us for this master's in Sociolinguistics. You'll examine:
- tensions between different conceptions of language
- the issues surrounding research methodology in linguistics
- the sociology of language
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises this course. It is designed to prepare you for doctoral study. The course combines a mixture of generic research training modules with more specialised modules covering research training and specific linguistic knowledge.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences.
We offer supervision in the following areas:
- syntactic theory and comparative syntax
- phonological theory
- morphophonology and morphosyntax
- philosophy of language
- philosophy of linguistics
- architecture of the language faculty
Language variation and change
- historical/diachronic linguistics
- variationist/comparative linguistics
- dialect syntax
- corpus analysis
- linguistic typology
Language evolution, acquisition, and development
- first language acquisition and development
- the acquisition of second language morphosyntax and phonology
- evolutionary linguistics
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MA is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of social sciences, art and humanities, and business, consulting and management. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MA full time over 12 months.
A Master of Arts is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation or research project.
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete all of the taught modules (120 credits).
What you'll learn
You'll gain a working knowledge of the methodology and skills in quantitative and qualitative research in language and linguistic studies.
You'll carry out a literature review and independent fieldwork. You'll undertake sociolinguistic analysis using a variety of mathematical and computational tools.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Computer assessment
- Oral presentation
- Practical lab report
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) is one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe. You have a unique opportunity to acquire a wide range of methodologies and exposure to diverse theoretical perspectives to enrich your own research. We have a wide range of research supervisors you can work with.
We offer subject-specific research training, including specialised practical workshops on statistical packages and software used in corpus linguistic methodologies. This specific training complements the research training programme you will be part of as a postgraduate research student.
Student work in progress meetings
Our 'student work in progress' meetings give you the opportunity to present your work to a student audience. You'll get instant feedback and discussions around your research.
Special interests group
Our special interests groups also facilitate researchers with common interests to share ideas, develop new skills and gain feedback on their work. The groups meet regularly and include topics like:
- language variation and change
- theoretical phonology
- corpus linguistics
- language and cognition
Internationally renowned linguistic researchers have previously given guest lectures, recent speakers include:
- Professor Ellen Bialystok, York University, Toronto
- Professor J K Chambers, University of Toronto
- Professor David Pesetsky, MIT
- Professor Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University
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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.
We are based in the Percy Building. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes:
- several dedicated computer clusters
- meeting rooms
- a kitchen
- lounge area
Members of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences also have a dedicated space. This space provides a range of resources, including access to:
- linguistics software (eg Childes, Clan, Elan, Praat)
- linguistic corpora (eg DECTE, ICE, ICAME)
- specialised equipment such as the eye tracker
The award-winning Philip Robinson Library has an extensive audio-visual collection.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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