Research course

Analysing Language Use

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Language and Linguistics
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in the following disciplines: English Language studies – including education, English language and literature, teaching(English),Linguistics or Modern languages.

We will accept applicants with a degree in an unrelated discipline but which contains a substantial element of education, linguistics, language studies or teaching (English).

Months of entry

October

Course content

Compared to our MA courses, our MRes programmes offer more flexibility and fewer taught modules, as the emphasis of your course is on your dissertation and individual research assignments. You must have a draft research proposal at your application stage, and a supervisor is assigned to you to guide your choice of modules and work on your dissertation.

On this course, you gain familiarity with contemporary work in sociolinguistics and related fields such as conversation analysis, and acquire the theoretical and practical skills to pursue original research.

You cover topics including:

  • Quantitative and qualitative methodologies for analysing sociolinguistic data
  • Interview, questionnaire and observation data
  • Sociocultural factors in language use
  • Variationist sociolinguistic theory

We are a leading UK university for language and linguistics research (REF 2014), a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us firmly within the top 10 departments in the UK and ranked among the top 150 Linguistics departments in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018).

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
PG Admissions
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 873473