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University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,950 per year
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On our MA Sociolinguistics, 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.

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

Variationist Sociolinguistic Theory
Sociolinguistic Methods 1: Data Collection
Sociolinguistic Methods: Data Coding and Analysis
MA Dissertation
Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
Sociocultural Linguistics
Advanced Phonology (optional)
First Language Acquisition (optional)
Phonological Development (optional)
Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics Theory (optional)
American Languages (optional)
Varieties of English (optional)
Sentence Processing (optional)
Language Rights (optional)
Semantics (optional)
Language Learning (optional)
English Syntax 1 (optional)
Individual Differences in L2 Learning (optional)
Syntactic Theory I (optional)
Experimental Design and Analysis (optional)
Research Methods I (optional)
English Syntax 2 (optional)
Syntactic Theory II (optional)
The Role of Age in Bilingual Development (optional)
Variation in English II (optional)
Research Methods II (optional)
Graduate Research Assignment (optional)
Language Attrition (optional)
Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis (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