Taught course

Language in Context

University of Brighton · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Degree and experience
Applicants should normally have an undergraduate honours degree (usually at 2:1 level or above), or equivalent in a relevant subject area, such as: linguistics, English language, literature, philosophy, sociology, politics, history, cultural theory, teaching English as a foreign language, journalism, creative writing, media studies.

Applicants without these backgrounds will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in one of the above areas, or some professional experience in the following fields: teaching (also teaching English as a foreign language whilst demonstrating some familiarity with linguistic analysis and metalanguage), journalism, cultural and social policy, charity and campaigning work.

Applicants without a good first degree, or without these backgrounds, may be required to provide written evidence (for example an assignment from a form of a training course, or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Language in Context MA is unique in offering students an engagement in interdisciplinary work crossing sociocultural and linguistic boundaries; as well as offering two distinct pathways to enable you to develop an advanced understanding of either sociocultural linguistics or pragmatics.

You will examine language use in a range of contexts, and explore various mechanisms of communication through a variety of analytical and theoretical frameworks. The interdisciplinary approach to language analysis enables an exploration of links to other disciplines, such as philosophy, cultural and political theory, and some aspects of psychology and cognitive sciences.

Learning about language from varied perspectives expands and enhances your skills base suitable both for a wide scope of potential careers and for doctoral research.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24–72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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