Taught course

Language in Society

University of Essex · Department of Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Sociolinguistics gives you the theoretical and analytical tools to understand and evaluate current work in sociolinguistics, and prepares you to undertake original research. We familiarise you with the foundations of contemporary sociolinguistics (language variation and change, discourse, multilingualism, ethnography of speaking) and offer modules in some of its most prominent sub-disciplines (variation theory, socio-pragmatics, conversation analysis, language contact, language and gender, and language rights). You gain first-hand experience of data collection and learn both quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis.

Our Department of Language and Linguistics offers an outstanding teaching and research environment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), we were rated as producing the highest proportion of world-leading linguistics research of any university in the UK and we were ranked ninth in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey.

Our students are taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. This means we provide an active and stimulating environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5, with 6.0 in writing.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9-12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (16000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719