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MALinguistic Studies

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,950 per year
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Our MA Linguistic Studies is our broadest postgraduate degree, offering you the widest choice of options. You expand your knowledge of language through studying everything from syntax, to computer-assisted language-learning, to language and gender, to language disorders, to multilingualism.

You build a programme best-suited to your individual needs. This course is ideal if you need to study on a part-time basis and wish to fit your course choices in with your existing commitments, as you can also study on an accumulation basis over a period of up to five years.

The optional modules you choose come from a broad list including:

- Theoretical and descriptive phonology
- Sociolinguistics
- Pragmatics
- Semantics
- Syntax

You also gain a basic familiarity with some common research methodologies and paradigms used in linguistics. You will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This takes place between April and September.

We are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, placing us firmly within the top 10 departments in the UK and ranked among the top 150 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings [2016] for linguistics.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Programme structure

Year 1

Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
MA Dissertation
Advanced Phonology (optional)
First Language Acquisition (optional)
Phonological Development (optional)
Second Language Vocabulary: Learning, Teaching and Use (optional)
Topics in the Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching (optional)
Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics Theory (optional)
American Languages (optional)
Varieties of English (optional)
Sociocultural Linguistics (optional)
Sentence Processing (optional)
Language Rights (optional)
Semantics (optional)
Literature and Language Teaching (optional)
Language Learning (optional)
English Syntax 1 (optional)
Description of Language for TEFL/ELT and Applied Linguistics (optional)
Syntactic Theory I (optional)
Variationist Sociolinguistic Theory (optional)
Experimental Design and Analysis (optional)
Materials Design and Evaluation (optional)
Sociolinguistic Methods 1: Data Collection (optional)
Research Methods I (optional)
English Syntax 2 (optional)
Syntactic Theory II (optional)
Teaching, Listening and Speaking (optional)
The Role of Age in Bilingual Development (optional)
Variation in English II (optional)
Sociolinguistic Methods: Data Coding and Analysis (optional)
Research Methods II (optional)
Graduate Research Assignment (optional)
Language Attrition (optional)
Teaching Practice I (optional)
Approaches, Methods and Teacher Development for TEFL/TESOL (optional)
Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis (optional)
Teaching Reading and Writing in TEFL/TESOL (optional)
Intercultural Communication: communicating across languages and cultures (optional)

Career opportunities

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.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States