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MA Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Course Description

The MA Bilingualism and Multilingualism is a unique postgraduate qualification offered through distance learning provision, being the first degree of its kind offered in Europe and part of the University’s mission to contribute to the range of initiatives in the field of language planning and bilingual / multilingual development both in Wales and elsewhere.

The MA Bilingualism and Multilingualism takes full advantage of the rich linguistic experience offered by Wales’ own bilingual context, as well as University of Wales Trinity Saint David's long-established expertise within this field as part of an extended network of institutions across Europe where bilingualism, multilingualism and language planning is an everyday phenomenon.

The degree offers modules which encompass a range of aspects on bilingualism and language planning in Wales and internationally. Different pathways are offered to meet the professional demands of a variety of careers in the field of bilingualism. It consists of five modules in Part One and a dissertation of 15,000 words in Part Two.

Structure and Content

In Part One students may choose from a range of modules according to their personal professional or vocational needs.
Students will choose their own research subjects for the dissertation in Part Two based on aspects of the modules studied previously in Part One and agreed in advance with the Programme Director. It is intended that students will be given the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in a field of study which will promote their professional development.

Although the modular structure of the postgraduate degree allows students to study a single module, on the successful completion of three modules students will be eligible to exit the course with a Postgraduate Certificate in Bilingualism and Multilingualism, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bilingualism and Multilingualism on the completion of five modules. Students wishing to progress to the MA in Bilingualism and Multilingualism would undertake an additional dissertation.


A summary of the aims of individual modules

CYAD-7015: Introduction to Bilingualism

To familiarise students with developments and theoretical concepts in the field of bilingualism by introducing relevant aspects as a basis for more detailed study in other modules.

CYAD-7002: Societal Bilingualism

To examine in detail the main factors which may influence the vitality, stability, spread, shift or death of minority languages, paying attention to the process of language planning.

CYAD-7007: Research Methodology

To introduce students to different research traditions and their respective quantitative and qualitative methodologies and to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake a small scale research project.

CYAD-7008: Cognitive Aspects of Bilingualism

To explore any possible intellectual, cognitive and metalinguistic effects on the individual that can be attributed to bilingualism.

CYAD-7009: Development of Bilingual Education in Wales

To study the development of Welsh language education in Wales from the 19th century to the present day together with the various factors that militated for and against this development.

CYAD-7010: Models of Bilingual Teaching

To examine the wide range of models included in the term “bilingual education” and, in the context of their political and educational aims, to evaluate their effectiveness from the perspective of their ability to ensure balanced levels of bilingualism in individuals.

CYAD-7012: Language Planning Essentials

To critically consider the main theoretical aspects in the field of language planning, with reference to relevant theories and analyses and practical examples drawn from Wales and foreign countries, and also to discuss the main social and political developments relating to language planning in Wales during the 12th century.

In order to ensure professional relevance, students will be given sufficient opportunity to adapt the material presented to them to their own purposes, and to refer to their own field of work in the body of the assignments

Further Information

The University has extensive expertise in the field of bilingualism and language planning together with a strong research profile
Trinity Saint David University is part of a network of institutions across Europe involved in bilingualism, multilingualism and language planning and collaboration and knowledge transfer opportunities are maximised
The University has excellent resources in this area, enabling us to offer a range of modules available to suit professional developmental needs and personal interests
This is a postgraduate course which is relevant to the national and international linguistic agenda and which can be studied at home and by distance learning, and on a part-time or full-time basis.

Entry Criteria

Postgraduate students are normally required to have attained an initial degree awarded by a university or an approved-degree awarding body. However, these guidelines also allow non-standard applications from students who may not conform to the academic requirements of the orthodox method of entry. The School is, therefore, able to consider applications from mature students who may have relevant experience and/ or qualifications other than those outlined above.

International students whose mother-tongue is not English applying for study at postgraduate level will normally be required to show evidence of sufficient command of the English language in order to be able to follow their course, undertake research, and produce writing without major linguistic difficulties. Such evidence is usually the Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Certificate, IELTS minimum score of 6.5, TOEFL minimum score of 575, or TOEIC minimum score of 700.

Following the receipt and scrutiny of applications by the Head of School and the Programme Director, all eligible applicants are invited for interview. Distance learning students from abroad, are interviewed by Skype or telephone and under the same rigorous conditions as those interviewed at the University.

Find out about our Postgraduate Study Scholarships here: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA Bilingualism and Multilingualism page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in a related discipline or relevant industry experience.

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