Aims: The MLitt in Sociolinguistics aims to provide students with an advanced platform of knowledge of past research, good practice in methodology and theory, and opportunities for their own research in the scholarly analysis of both contemporary and historical dialect diversity and linguistic variation and change in English and other languages.
It provides for the establishment of core knowledge through the compulsory courses, and considerable choice in the discipline specific optional modules. Throughout the programme consideration is given to the application of the findings of individual courses to real world situations. Students are encouraged to employ the knowledge they have gained in a practical way, in particular by the development of fieldwork and information retrieval skills, management and analysis skills. At no time, however, does this practical tendency obscure the skills of analysis and synthesis which an in-depth reading of theoretical and methodological issues provides. These interlocking skills will culminate in the research necessary for the production of the dissertation.
Not only does the programme stand by itself, so that the knowledge and skills gained from its completion can be applied in a wide range of professions, but it aims to provide a link between undergraduate study and further postgraduate work by research.
Syllabus: A wide range of courses including compulsory training in the theory and methods of linguistic research, historical and contemporary dialects and options on specific linguistic features, field methods, varieties of English in Britain, North America and other parts of the globe.
Assessment: Assessment methods vary by individual course, and include essays, reports, presentations, written exercises, and for the phonetics course an oral test, plus examinations. The MLitt also requires a 15,000 word dissertation, while the diploma consists of coursework alone.
Normally a good second-class Honours degree in English or Linguistics or at a level deemed equivalent. The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see View Website
Recipient: Aberdeen University
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