MA in Sociolinguistics

The MA in Sociolinguistics will enable you to perform original research in the field of sociolinguistics by giving you a practical training in techniques and methodologies used in sociolinguistic analysis. You will also have the opportunity to develop your interest in areas such as the interface between variation and phonological and syntactic theory and empirical methods in the study of contemporary and historical data.

Overview

Overview

Aims

The MA in Sociolinguistics will:

  • Impart a general foundation and background in sociolinguistics
  • Give you a practical training in techniques used in sociolinguistic analysis
  • Enable you to apply your skills and knowledge to linguistic data
  • Introduce you to research questions and methodologies in sociolinguistics
  • Enable you to perform original research in sociolinguistics

Course structure

Course structure

Autumn Term

Students take modules worth 40 credits in the Autumn Term. The typical Autumn term modules are:

  • Language variation and change (10 credits)
  • Phonetics and phonology (10 credits)
  • Quantitative methods (10 credits)
  • Syntax (10 credits)

Spring Term

In the second term you will take two 20-credit modules, typically:

  • Topics in language variation and change (20 credits)
  • Phonological variation and change (20 credits)

Summer Term and Summer vacation

  • Dissertation (80 credits)

All terms

  • Research training seminar (20 credits)

Assessment

Assessment

Autumn Term

Assessment for Autumn Term modules is usually by an essay or closed exam completed at the start of the Spring term.

Spring Term

The option modules are generally assessed by a series of written assignments submitted during the term and at the start of the Summer Term, or by a 5,000 word essay handed in at the start of the Summer Term.

Dissertation

The course culminates in a sustained period of independent research and the production of a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2:1 or equivalent in your first degree.

If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taken in an English speaking country, you will need to show evidence that you meet our English Language requirements.  We accept an IELTS score of 7, including 7 in both the written and oral assessment components.  Full details of other accepted qualifications are given here.

Applying

Applying for the MA in Sociolinguistics

You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.