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Speech, Language and Sociolinguistics MSc

Speech, Language and Sociolinguistics MSc

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sociolinguistics Language Studies

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Course Summary

This Masters will enable you to explore the links between producing and processing speech and language as part of everyday social interaction. The range of courses available for this programme provide the key linguistic, technical, and research skills to investigate different aspects of spoken and written language, to carry out your own sociolinguistic studies, and to design and implement speech and language experiments of your own.


  • This programme is suitable for students who have little or no background in linguistics and also for students with some background who wish to carry out more sophisticated independent research in a particular area.
  • You'll be taught by expert academic staff who have directed and are currently directing research projects in speech, language and sociolinguistics (e.g. Seeing Speech, Sounds of the City, One Speaker Two Dialects, the Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA), Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS), and SPeech Across Dialects of English (SPADE)).
  • Our facilities include the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (GULP), which includes a speech recording studio, eyetracker and portable ultrasound, and the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), providing you with relevant training courses for graduate students in speech, language and sociolinguistics.
  • English Language and Linguistics is currently within the Linguistics pathway for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership, which is based at the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). The SGSSS offers excellent additional training courses for graduate students working in the social sciences in Scotland.


Some students take our programme as a secondment from an ongoing teaching or professional education position. Others continue into employment in language teaching, journalism, or other kinds of industrial or commercial research. The programme is also an excellent foundation to doctoral research, and/or further training in speech and language therapy.


This course aims to introduce students to research techniques relevant to Masters level programmes in English Language & Linguistics; facilitate the acquisition of relevant methodological skills; provide a forum for the critical discussion of key issues related to the development of professional academic and employability-related skills; enable students to assess their progress in research skills within their Masters programme.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more