Taught course

Language and Linguistics

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Language and Linguistics provides an opportunity to build on topics that will be familiar from undergraduate studies in Cardiff, other UK universities and universities worldwide in subjects including linguistics, communication, language, and English language. Built on a solid research foundation, the curriculum offers a broad and highly flexible suite of modules from which you will have considerable freedom to select. You will therefore be able to tailor the programme to your own specific interests. The programme also offers a broad-based but advanced introduction for those new to the study of language, linguistics and communication.

The MA in Language and Linguistics enables you to develop knowledge and research skills over the course of the programme. We support you to become an independent and active learner, able to understand key issues in the different sub-fields of language and linguistics. Throughout the course you will improve your research skills by being given specific training in research methodology, planning your own work and being involved in ongoing research projects led by various members of staff. You will also gain a thorough understanding of different theoretical and methodological approaches that can be used to explore the linguistic structures of a language.

We develop your ability to undertake linguistic analysis confidently and effectively; to collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data; and to critique arguments and research. The curriculum also develops important work-related skills, such as the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, and to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

The structure of the MA enables you to develop expertise in specific areas of linguistics and language study. Particular strengths in the Centre for Language and Communication Research are discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, systemic functional linguistics, corpus linguistics, forensic linguistics, intercultural communication and professional communication. The wide range of subject modules available ensure that you develop a strong foundation across the discipline area whilst also having the flexibility to pursue your own specific research interests within that area.

We aim to give our students experience of excellence in teaching and learning at an advanced level, in an environment where they will benefit from the fact that the Centre is home to world-leading research in linguistics and communication.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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