Taught course

Applied Linguistics (Research Methodology)

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

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Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages or a cognate discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides thorough training in research methodology for students interested in a career as a researcher or lecturer in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics or language acquisition. It is recognised by the ESRC as the first year of a 1+3 doctoral programme, leading to a PhD award.

Fascinated by the mechanics of speech? Do you want to research the formation of language and how it has evolved over time? Then apply for our MA in Applied Linguistics (Research Methodology) and study intercultural communications while examining language in society through linguistic research methods. This masters in Applied Linguistics degree course will allow you to analyse the way language is used and how we communicate to one another.

Throughout the course you will to a number of useful skills that will help you if you wish to contine 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.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0) 23 8059 8062