Language and Linguistics MA, PgDip, PgCert

The MA Language & Linguistics programme is designed for those who have previously studied Language and Linguistics at undergraduate level and who wish to develop their study of the subject to Masters level, but without the applied/professional focus offered by other programmes in the Taught Postgraduate Linguistics suite (TESOL, Clinical Linguistics, Translation, Japanese Language Teaching).

Location
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018 Full-time Home & EU students: £5,700, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Duration
Full-time & Part-time options available
Validation Status
Subject to validation

Course overview

On the programme, you will have opportunities to develop an advanced understanding of concepts, information and theory relevant to the field of contemporary linguistics and language study. You will develop an advanced understanding of techniques and processes applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic related to a subject which is of interest to you.

You will be taught by our team of Language and Linguistics experts and become part of our expanding Languages and Linguistics community.

Course structure

MA Language and Linguistics (PDF, 84KB)

The academic study of language and linguistics focuses on analysing language in contexts of use and investigating its applications and implications. Teaching on the programme draws on the expertise of specialist staff who are considered major contributors to research and the development of subject knowledge in their fields. The Department of Languages and Linguistics has particular research strengths in the following areas which are reflected in the content of the programme: language, identity and power; language learning and teaching; language variation and change; language meaning and cognition. You can choose three optional modules from a range which reflects these areas of expertise. This flexibility enables you to cover a range of areas within language and linguistics, or to specialise in a particular strand.

The MA also provides the research training and subject knowledge to enable you to continue your studies to doctoral level (at YSJ and in other institutions).

Our MA in Language & Linguistics draws from state-of-the-art teaching approaches derived from TESOL research and practice, an area of expertise at York St John University. This MA would be attractive to those who have previously studied Language and Linguistics at undergraduate level and who wish to develop their study of the subject to Master’s level, but without the applied/professional focus offered by other programmes in the Taught Postgraduate Linguistics suite (TESOL, Clinical Linguistics, Translation, Japanese Language Teaching).

Programme Length

The programme is designed to be studied either full-time over 12 months or part-time over a maximum of five years. If you are unable to complete the full Masters degree or are interested in certain modules, you may work for the intermediate awards of Postgraduate Certificate in Language & Linguistics or Diploma in Language & Linguistics.

Modules

The full Master’s programme comprises taught modules and a dissertation.

Research in Language & Linguistics (30 credits/Compulsory)

This module introduces you to a range of research methods commonly used in the study of language and linguistics at postgraduate level and beyond. It is designed to enable you to develop an in-depth knowledge of research techniques relevant to your discipline and to develop your critical abilities in analysing, evaluating and synthesising research findings on a range of topics within language and linguistics. You will be taught how to develop research questions in the execution of a small-scale research project and how to evaluate current issues and research in language and linguistics.

Themes in Language & Linguistics (30 credits/Option)

This module introduces you to the full scope of applied linguistics. Incorporating both socio-cultural and cognitive perspectives, the module explores the diverse and constantly expanding range of theories, methods and issues faced by both students of and (intending) practitioners (of additional language teaching, translation, forensic linguistics, lexicography, clinical linguistics etc.) within the discipline.

Second Language Acquisition (30 credits/Option)

This module aims to give you a critical appreciation of the theoretical background of, and issues in, second language acquisition, providing you with the necessary academic knowledge to underpin good practice.

Language & Society (30 credits/Option)

This module provides an advanced overview of the study of language in society by investigating what issues can make a difference to the way language is used in various aspects of everyday life. Such issues will invariably involve user factors (who is involved in the language use) as well as situational factors (where, when and why is the language used). Different theoretical and methodological approaches to sociolinguistic study are addressed and the different questions with which each is centrally concerned are identified.

Acquired Communication Disorders (30 credits/Option)

This module provides a detailed examination of acquired communication disorders occurring throughout the lifespan and their impact on speech, language and literacy. You will be equipped to critically evaluate theoretical standpoints and clinical evidence and how it can be applied in practice when working with individuals with a range of acquired communication disorders. You will analyse cases and present their observations to their seminar group for discussion and formative assessment.

Developmental Communication Disorders (30 credits/Option)

This module provides a detailed examination of developmental communication disorders and their impact on speech, language and literacy throughout the lifespan. You will be equipped to critically evaluate theoretical standpoints and clinical evidence and how it can be applied in practice when working with children and adults with these communication disorders. You will also gain experience of collecting data from children or adults to inform a piece of project work for the module assessment. You will analyse cases and present their observations to their seminar group for discussion and formative assessment.

Language & Interaction (30 credits/Option)

This course introduces fundamental concepts of discourse analysis. It involves studying language in use from a Clarkian perspective which recognises formal, functional and social aspects of using language to do things.

Accents & Dialects (30 credits/Option)

This module equips you with advanced skills to examine regional varieties of British English focusing on lexical, morphological, syntactic, phonetic and phonological levels. Skills taught on this module will enable the analytically detailed description and comparison of social and regional varieties. You will also learn some of the skills of data recording, digitizing and manipulation.

Attitudes to Language (30 credits/Option)

This module examines publicly held views and understandings of language. It covers topics such as Standard English and correctness. With particular reference to education, it also investigates the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views.

Psycholinguistics (30 credits/Option)

This module develops an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use and provides you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.

Language & Literacy (30 credits/Option)

This module equips you with the tools to investigate key issues in relation to the development of literacy. Focusing primarily on the development of writing skills, it further aims to allow you to critically reflect on the relative relevance of major theory in relation to the academic field of Literacy.

World Englishes (30 credits/Option)

This module equips you with the knowledge base required to critically reflect on the emergence of, and the continued spread of World Englishes. Starting with an overview of its beginnings within the British Isles, the module covers the grammatical, phonological and lexical features of ‘new’ Englishes as well as the factors that impact on their use and status within the respective countries in the world.

Language & Identities (30 credits/Option)

This module explores the ways in which language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities, and how language plays an active role in constructing identities. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing the relationship between language, identity and culture. In undertaking this module, you will develop an understanding of some different current theoretical perspectives and debates relating to language and identity. You will learn about, and have opportunities to apply, different linguistic frameworks for analysing language and identity.

Analysing Media Texts (30 credits/Option)

This module allows you to develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts, across a variety of genres. You will explore how notions of genre, ideology structure, critical reading and discourse can be applied when reading texts. Specifically, a broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how meanings are created and debated in texts. As a result, you will have more understanding of issues of representation and power in contemporary discourses.

Dissertation (60 credits/Compulsory)

Your final module will be a dissertation on a topic that you will agree with your supervisor. It is an opportunity for you to explore in depth an area of interest or particular area of Language and Linguistics. You will gain experience in formulating ideas and hypotheses, devising sound research methodology, collecting and evaluating data, and presenting your findings in a dissertation of 10,000 - 12,000 words.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

  • an undergraduate degree in English Language/Linguistics (normally a 2.1 or above) from an approved university or institution

OR

  • an equivalent qualification acceptable to York St John University.

If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University.

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2017 entry to this postgraduate course is £5,700 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For part-time options, see the Fees & Funding webpages for more information.

Postgraduate Loan: A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course for students commencing in the 2016/17 academic year. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.

 

Overseas 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2017 entry to this postgraduate course is £10,000 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

International Fees & Funding

How to Apply

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