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MA Applied Linguistics (Research Methodology) (1 year)

This programme provides thorough training in research methodology for students interested in a career as a researcher or lecturer in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics or language acquisition. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as the first year of a 1+3 doctoral programme, leading to a PhD award.

Introducing your course

Fascinated by the mechanics of speech? Do you want to research the formation of language and how it has evolved over time? Then apply for our MA in Applied Linguistics (Research Methodology) and study intercultural communications while examining language in society through linguistic research methods. This masters in Applied Linguistics degree course will allow you to analyse the way language is used and how we communicate to one another.

Throughout the course you will to a number of useful skills that will help you if you wish to contine on to a PhD, for example you will learn to understand the relationship between academic, professional, public and user conceptions of language, and the ideological assumptions of linguistic research. As well as managing your own research, including collecting and managing data and conducting and disseminating research in ways consistent with professional practice and research ethics.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

To apply for a postgraduate course please visit the How to Apply page or click on the apply button below.

Application process and required supporting documents

  • University online application including a personal statement
  • Transcript
  • 2 references
  • English language (if relevant)

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8062
Email: pgafh@southampton.ac.uk

Programme Structure

This programme is divided into 180 credits. 120 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 60 credits relating to the dissertation.

Key Facts

Duration: This programme is available on a one-year, full-time basis only (51 weeks)

Start date: September

Closing date: 1st September (an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time unless a complete application is received by this date - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes)

Dissertation Length: 15,000 words

International students

The Southampton pre-Masters can be taken if you have qualifications or grades that do not meet University of Southampton direct entry criteria but meet the minimum entry criteria for the pre-Masters further details). You will be guaranteed a place on your chosen masters degree programme subject to successfully completing the pre-Masters. Visit our pre-Masters Programme to find out more about these degree programmes.

Linguistics research
Linguistics research

Typical entry requirements

Degree

First- or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages or a cognate discipline.

English Language

IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Intake: 5

Average applications per place: 4

Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages, or a cognate discipline.

English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process: Online application

Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The programme runs for one year full time (51 weeks). It comprises eight modules (five core modules, three options), taught over two semesters (30 weeks). An independent research dissertation is completed over a further period of 21 weeks.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LING6001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
LING6005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LING6015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
RESM6102Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
RESM6303Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
RESM6304Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Optional
LING6011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6042Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING6043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Applied Linguistics Research MethodologyMA 2020Full-time£9,250£18,812
Applied Linguistics Research MethodologyMA 2020Part-time£4,625£9,406
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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS FREN towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page £0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

A postgraduate degree from Humanities at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the additional skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of areas or to go on to further research.

How will you learn?

On a postgraduate taught programme teaching is led by academic staff, allowing you to engage with, and contribute to, the world-leading research carried out in Humanities at Southampton. You will complete a core programme of research skills development in tandem with a series of modules which you select according to your personal aims and objectives. Each programme offers a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics who are experts in their chosen fields of research and who wish to engage you with their experience.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding through lectures, tutor-led and student-led seminars, tutorials, and workshops giving hands-on experience. You will develop your autonomous capability as a researcher through a range of group and individual projects and investigations, supported by course tutors; as the course progresses you will take increasing responsibility for leading sessions, presenting your individual work, organising and leading workshop activities, and providing peer feedback and support.

Assessment

You will write some extended essays, but most modules will be assessed through a module portfolio containing a range of evidence demonstrating achievement of the module learning outcomes. This may take the form of: shorter essays; annotated bibliography; critical research review; reports on design/ trialling of research instruments; reports on workshop tasks; records of oral presentations; data analysis tasks.  The 15,000 word dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

Professional development

A masters degree will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as: time management; problem solving; team work; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.

Study locations

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