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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

This programme will equip you with technical and advanced expertise in how human language works and how it is used in specific real-life settings, with implications for interpersonal relationships, business interactions and effective communication in various in-person, online, and tech-mediated contexts.

  • Explore major developments in sociolinguistic thought around language and its embedding in society
  • Opportunity to work as a Research Assistant on one of the department's ongoing research projects and/or to take part in a Research Practicum with one of our private or public sector partners
  • Gain hands-on training in conducting advanced linguistics research

Career path

The aim of this programme is to produce well-trained linguists capable of going on to begin a PhD in Linguistics or a related field and/or to take employment in a field in which linguistics plays an important part. This includes the real-world settings of healthcare and clinical contexts, speech and language therapy, law and courtrooms, journalism and the media, and social media and digital communication.

The programme covers a range of practical and knowledge-transfer components which will support students in building collaborations and networking with industry partners and recognize the applicability of training in linguistics to their career prospects outside the higher education sector.


The module examines the various approaches to research and research design, providing guidance as to the appropriateness of certain methodologies in differing research scenarios. The module will provide an overview of key approaches with a critical discussion of the quantitative/qualitative divide and convergence. In the first part of the module we focus on quantitative methods and SPSS-based analysis. The second part focuses on qualitative methods and software-assisted coding. By the end of the module, and in readiness for their Masters dissertation, students should be able to understand the main research methods employed in Applied Linguistics for data collection and be able to input and analyse quantitative data using SPSS and qualitative texts using NVivo.

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Linguistics or a relevant subject such as Sociology, Cultural or Media Studies, Language Teaching.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is an internationally regarded public research institution based in London. It has a long history, dating back over 230 years, and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. QMUL has five campuses in the city of London and an international network of satellite campuses in China, Malta and Paris. There is a population of around 16,000 students at the London campuses and more than 32,000...more

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