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The programme combines a balanced selection of both theoretical and applied topics. Central areas of modern sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics are covered and various research methadologies are introduced. You will also receive extensive practical training in techniques used in linguistic analysis and are equipped with the skills required for original research, progression in language teaching and/or detailed language analysis in specific contexts. The programme draws mainly on the English language but is applicable to a variety of language settings. 

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

  • Teaching English language in primary or secondary education
  • Teaching English as an international language
  • Marketing and Communications 
  • Media and Journalism 
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Law
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Further PG research/PhD

Work placements

Practical advice and guidance is offered to students wishing to gain the Trinity Cert. TESOL alongside their MA. Opportunities for teaching observation and practice are available for those pursuing this additional qualification. 

Indicative modules

  1. Approaches and Theories in Linguistics
  2. Language and Society
  3. Language and Mind
  4. Linguistic Research and Applications
  5. Dissertation

Teaching and assessment

Teaching involves a combination of lectures, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. Four modules are assessed by a 5,000-word essay or equivalent, and the final (double-weighted) module by a dissertation of 15,000 words. 

Visit the Language and Linguistics (MA) page on the University of Chichester website for more details!




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