Taught course

Applied Linguistics (Research Methodology)

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in English, linguistics, modern languages or other relevant discipline. For further information, please see our website.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides training in research methodology for students interested in a career as a researcher or lecturer in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics or language acquisition. This course is recognised by the ESRC.

Throughout the course you will to a number of useful skills that will help you if you wish to continue on to a PhD, for example you will learn to understand the relationship between academic, professional, public and user conceptions of language, and the ideological assumptions of linguistic research. As well as managing your own research, including collecting and managing data and conducting and disseminating research in ways consistent with professional practice and research ethics.

Assessment methods:

You will write some extended essays, but most modules will be assessed through a module portfolio containing a range of evidence demonstrating achievement of the module learning outcomes. This may take the form of: shorter essays; annotated bibliography; critical research review; reports on design/ trialling of research instruments; reports on workshop tasks; records of oral presentations; data analysis tasks. The 15,000 word dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

Modules: Description of language; quantitative methods and statistical processes; research and enquiry in applied linguistics 1 and 2; second language learning or language in society; dissertation; plus 3 modules from: action research; discourse analysis; ethnographic research; language in society; philosophical issues in educational research; second language learning; small group/classroom interaction; statistical data analysis.

For further information, please see our website.

Information for international students


Fees and funding



Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062