Research course

Sociolinguistics (Research)

Institution
Newcastle University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Qualifications
MA by researchPGDip by research

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in linguistics, a language (with or without another subject, eg English and French) or a discipline primarily involving the scientific study of human cognition or behaviour (eg cognitive science, psychology, anthropology, sociology).

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course explores 20th-century history of linguistics and the philosophy of linguistics. Tensions between different conceptions of language, the issues surrounding research methodology in linguistics, sociolinguistics and the sociology of language are examined. This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised course is designed to prepare you for doctoral study.
The course combines a mixture of generic research training modules with more specialised modules covering research training and specific linguistic knowledge. You will gain a working knowledge of the methodology and skills in quantitative and qualitative research in language and linguistic studies. You will carry out a literature review, independent fieldwork, and undertake sociolinguistic analysis using a variety of mathematical and computational tools. We offer supervision in the following areas:
  • Linguistic theory
  • Language variation and change
  • Language evolution, acquisition and development

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 10 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip by research

part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
Sherelle Coulson, Programme Administrator, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Email
pg.english@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 7199