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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Linguistics Languages For Business Cultural Studies Social Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Our Language in Context MA is unique in offering students an engagement in interdisciplinary work crossing sociocultural and linguistic boundaries; as well as offering two distinct pathways to enable you to develop an advanced understanding of either sociocultural linguistics or pragmatics.

You will examine language use in a range of contexts, and explore various mechanisms of communication through a variety of analytical and theoretical frameworks. The interdisciplinary approach to language analysis enables an exploration of links to other disciplines, such as philosophy, cultural and political theory, and some aspects of psychology and cognitive sciences.

Learning about language from varied perspectives expands and enhances your skills base suitable both for a wide scope of potential careers and for doctoral research.

Course structure

The interdisciplinary nature of the course offers you an opportunity to explore language from a range of approaches through studying the Language in Context MA, or through two distinct pathways, giving you three options to choose from:

Language in Context
Language in Context (Pragmatics)
Language in Context (Sociocultural Linguistics)

Our courses are delivered using learning and teaching strategies that help improve your skills base, such as: group work, seminar and lecture participation, experiential work and data collection, tutorials and online learning environments.


The Language in Context MA prepares you for careers in professional writing, journalism and publishing, radio and TV, English Language Teaching, speech and language therapy, law, politics, sociology, forensic and anthropological linguistics. The course is also an essential preparatory tool for doctoral research and academic careers.

Different course options

Full time | Falmer Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is a practical module in the exercise of empirical analyses of conversation analysis. You will have the opportunity to observe, reflect upon and analyse cases of pre-recorded, but not yet transcribed, instances of naturally occurring interactional achievements and to examine the ways in which interpretations of talk sequences are context relative and sensitive. These observations and their implications have far-reaching consequences for other levels of linguistic inquiry.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an undergraduate honours degree (usually at 2:1 level or above), or equivalent in a relevant subject area, such as: linguistics, English language, literature, philosophy, sociology, politics, history, cultural theory, teaching English as a foreign language, journalism, creative writing, media studies. Applicants without these backgrounds will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in one of the above areas, or some professional experience in the following fields: teaching (also teaching English as a foreign language whilst demonstrating some familiarity with linguistic analysis and metalanguage), journalism, cultural and social policy, charity and campaigning work. Applicants without a good first degree, or without these backgrounds, may be required to provide written evidence (for example an assignment from a form of a training course, or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more