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Language in Society MA

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Language Studies Sociology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

On our MA Language in Society, you address questions like these through exploration of the stylistic, cognitive and functional aspects of language variation and change. We familiarise you with the foundations of contemporary sociolinguistics, including: Language variation and change; Ethnography of speaking; Multilingualism; Discourse. We additionally offer modules in some of the most prominent sub-disciplines in linguistics such as variation theory, socio-pragmatics, conversation analysis, language contact, language and gender, and language rights. You also gain first-hand experience of interview, questionnaire and observation data and learn quantitative and qualitative methodologies for coding and analysing sociolinguistic interview and questionnaire data.

Our course can lead to careers in areas such as academic research, publishing, journalism, administration, public service and teaching. You develop key employability skills including research design, data analysis, thinking analytically, report writing and public speaking. Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil. We offer supervision in areas including language acquisition, language learning and language teaching, culture and communication, psycholinguistics, language disorders, sociolinguistics, and theoretical and descriptive linguistics.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT-19

Modules

How does language change over time, vary across communities, and what do social alignments help explain about language variation and change? Explore the relationship between sociolinguistic theories and social groupings. Examine current sociolinguistic debates regarding language variation and change.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,940

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£17,040

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in the following disciplines: English Language studies, English Language and Literature, Linguistics (including applied linguistics, sociolinguistics). We will consider applications with a degree with a substantial element of education, linguistics or modern languages.