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COURSE OVERVIEW

Please note this programme is closed for September 2020 entry. Applications will be accepted from October 2020, for September 2021 entry.

  • Build on your undergraduate experience of English Language and Linguistics
  • Develop a detailed knowledge of research approaches within linguistics and language study

This taught postgraduate degree is comprised of two compulsory modules on research methods; these will provide you with an extensive and detailed knowledge in appropriate research approaches and practices within linguistics and language study.

In addition to these, the degree offers optional modules; these are designed to cover historical and topical areas, and current debates, so that you may apply and ground your learning to the world around you.

Optional modules include titles such as 'Varieties of English: Spread and Impact', 'Gender and Sexuality' and 'Evolution of English'. In the optional modules you will be applying the different skills, approaches and research methods gained from the compulsory modules.

After studying six modules, you will propose a dissertation topic, after approval and, under the direction of an expert supervisor, write a 20,000‐25,000 word dissertation on an agreed topic.

Careers

Students graduating at MA stand a better chance of entering into subject‐related careers (e.g. publishing, marketing, lexicography), managerial positions in business and/or the public sector. The MA in English Language and Linguistics is a general degree and will prepare students for work in any field in which making sense of large amounts of information, close analysis and precise use of language, designing projects, and writing reports is a core skill. Those students who are teachers, or propose to be teachers or academics will find the degree an essential stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

The research methods modules are designed to give you a solid grounding in analysing research design and planning your own research. The topical modules will highlight current debates in the respective fields and let you use different approaches to language analysis as appropriate for the chosen topics.

Modules will be assessed by various assignment types, including, but not limited to, essays, projects, presentations and oral exams. The modules will be delivered with a mixture of traditional lectures and seminars but interactive and practical workshops are also an integral part of our approach. Depending on the modules (including the dissertation) student led sessions and guided independent study will also help develop transferable skills useful for work in a variety of sectors.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester

Assessment

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree in English Language/English Linguistics or cognate subject.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0)1962 827234
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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2021. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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Year 1: Level 7

Modules Credits

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods 20

This module will take quantitative and qualitative data analysis in each half of the module. Students will be introduced to the nature of quantitative and qualitative data, methods for analysis of these types of data, and evaluations that can be made from them. Each part of the module will culminate in an oral examination based on students’ analysis of relevant data.

The module will use a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Mixed Methods Research 20

The module will introduce research design which incorporates the triangulation of methods in order to gain a deeper understanding of the research process and research design with more complex approaches.

Dissertation 60

The dissertation module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a research project on a topic of their choosing (subject to approval) related to the subject of English Language and Linguistics. Students will carry out independent research but will be supported and guided by a supervisor closely aligned with their research topic. In the dissertation students can demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the underlying theories and concepts of their subject and the design their research tools. Completing this module will also highlight to students the transferable skills they have acquired and how they translate into employability, such as project and time management, problem-solving skills, and critically assessing materials.

Optional Modules

Gender and Sexuality
Varieties of English: Spread and Impact
Evolution of English
Material Texts
Language and Politics
Language, Cognition, Space
Contact Linguistics
Reflecting on English Language Teaching Practice

Optional Credits

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods 20

This module will take quantitative and qualitative data analysis in each half of the module. Students will be introduced to the nature of quantitative and qualitative data, methods for analysis of these types of data, and evaluations that can be made from them. Each part of the module will culminate in an oral examination based on students’ analysis of relevant data.

The module will use a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Mixed Methods Research 20

The module will introduce research design which incorporates the triangulation of methods in order to gain a deeper understanding of the research process and research design with more complex approaches.

Dissertation 60

The dissertation module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a research project on a topic of their choosing (subject to approval) related to the subject of English Language and Linguistics. Students will carry out independent research but will be supported and guided by a supervisor closely aligned with their research topic. In the dissertation students can demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the underlying theories and concepts of their subject and the design their research tools. Completing this module will also highlight to students the transferable skills they have acquired and how they translate into employability, such as project and time management, problem-solving skills, and critically assessing materials.

Optional Modules

Gender and Sexuality
Varieties of English: Spread and Impact
Evolution of English
Material Texts
Language and Politics
Language, Cognition, Space
Contact Linguistics
Reflecting on English Language Teaching Practice

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2021 Course Tuition Fees

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,800
Part-time entry | £3,400 p/a

Total Cost | £6,800

International Students*

Full-time entry | £13,800
Part-time entry | £6,900 p/a

Total Cost | £13,800

*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students, all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Mandatory

Books

£50‐£200, per annum. Multiple copies of core texts are held within the library and electronic resources (e‐books, journals) are identified where possible. In some instances students might want to purchase a copy of the texts for their own use. It is also possible for students to purchase second‐hand copies.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

Optional

Fieldtrips

Fieldtrips are optional; within the UK they will incur a cost of £40-60

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Typical offer
Normally a first or second class honours degree in English Language/English Linguistics or cognate subject
Location
On campus, Winchester