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 Economic and Social Research Council as the first year of a 1+3 doctoral programme, leading to a PhD award.
Graduates of the programme will be equipped with knowledge and understanding of:
* broad principles of research design, data collection and data analysis in the social sciences and in linguistics/applied linguistics
* the philosophy, epistemology and ethics of research in linguistics/applied linguistics
* applied linguistics research techniques and skills, including qualitative, quantitative and computational methods
* descriptive and inferential statistical techniques and the handling of multivariate data
* standard descriptive terminology and concepts in applied linguistics, sociolinguistcs and/or language acquisition, plus indepth knowledge of theory and research in at least one of these sub-fields
Typical course content
The programme runs for one year full time (51 weeks). It comprises eight modules (five core modules, three options), taught over two semesters (30 weeks). An independent research dissertation is completed over a further period of 21 weeks.
OPTION: You must take one CORE module of either LING6005 or LING6006 in the year.
Compulsory: LING6001Research Skills 1LING6004Description of Language Optional: LING 6009Discourse AnalysisLING6028Intercultural CommunicationsLING6033Spoken Language and Discourse Core: LING6005Second Language Learning Semester Two
RESM6002: Research Design and Practice (2012-13 session)
RESM6003: Qualitative Methods 1 (2012-13 session)
RESM6004: Quantitative Methods 1 (2012-2013 session)
RESM6001: Philosophy of Social Science Research (2012-2013 session)
RESM6006: Qualitative Methods 2 (2012-2013 session)
RESM6007: Quantitative Methods llA (2012-2013 session)
RESM6008: Quantitative Methods llB (2012-2013 session)
Compulsory: LING6015DissertationLING6006Language in Society Optional: LING 6011Writing and Written LanguageLING 6014English as a World Language Core: LING6006Language in Society Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
ESRC quota award studentships for eligible candidates.