Language and Communication Research (MA)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
Offers knowledge and expertise to prepare for research in language and communication, as a PhD researcher, or in professional or commercial spheres.
- The Centre for Language and Communication Research has a well established reputation in a broad range of teaching and research areas, including sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, multimodality, health communication, forensic linguistics, systemic functional grammar, phonology, and language education.
- The full-time programme carries Advanced Course Recognition from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) as a postgraduate research training scheme.
The MA in Language and Communication Research is a full-time modular programme with modules taught over two semesters (comprising Stage 1), followed by a supervised dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words (Stage 2) between May and September. Assessment of the taught component is by coursework only. The part-time modular programme involves following the same modules over two years.
Students select two modules in addition to the four compulsory modules:
- Foundation Module in Language and Communication Research
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Research Experience
Modules may vary slightly year-on-year, according to staff availability.
Optional modules may include:
- Language Description
- Second Language Development and Pedagogy
- Discourse and Social Interaction
- Forensic Linguistics
- Text and Social Context
- Language and Lifespan Identity
- Digital Literacies
- Current Issues in Sociolinguistics
Analytical and critical skills, writing and presentation skills.
Graduates have gone on to employment in the creative industries, media, marketing, management, and education.
Coming to Cardiff was one of the best decisions I took in my life. I am enrolled in a 1+3 programme at the Centre for Language and Communication Research. This programme begins with an intense one-year taught MA component and leads on to a three-year PhD research phase. The MA gave me a sound basis of knowledge, as well as a degree of confidence, on which I could generate ideas to take my studies further to my PhD project, which I have just started. The training I received during the MA component facilitated me with essential research skills, key readings of my field and numerous great discussions with staff and fellow-students. The high proportion of international and mature students at postgraduate level acquainted me with a range of research traditions, cultural perspectives and languages – which are always fun to discuss and discover together. The members of staff at the Centre are all very approachable and took a great deal of time to support me; but they also gave me enough freedom to explore topics and methodologies on my own. I would say that this trust in their students, combined with their highly acclaimed expertise in and dedication to their respective fields, makes the staff at the Centre so exceptional and the experience of studying at Cardiff so stimulating and intense.
Jaspal Singh, MA Language and Communication Research 2011-2012, current PhD candidate
Suitable for graduates with degrees related to linguistics, language and communication.
A First or Upper Second class
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the
The School is offering Pathway to PhD Scholarships to Home/EU students.
These are full scholarships (fee waiver, plus a stipend worth £9,680) for outstanding graduates who wish to undertake an MA with us as a preparation for a bid for PhD funding from one of the two PhD training consortia in which Cardiff is involved. These are the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, suitable for students of English Language & Literature or Philosophy, and the Linguistics pathway of the Wales Doctoral Training Centre.
Individualised assistance in developing your research proposal will form part of your training under the MA programme.
Further information about the Pathway to PhD Scholarships and details of how to apply can be found on our Postgraduate Taught Scholarships page.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: October each year
Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Office
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4722