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 linguistics and 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, forensic linguistics, systemic functional grammar, phonology, and lexical studies.
- 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
- Current issues in Sociolinguistics
- Language, Genre, and Ideology
Analytical and critical skills, writing and presentation skills.
Postgraduate study in the School is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return to lectureships with much enhanced career prospects. Example employers in the UK include Cardiff University, HMRC, Mencap, Poetry Wales Magazine, Teach First, and Welsh Government, with jobs that include Crime Intelligence Analyst, Creative Writing Lecturer, Librarian, Poet, Recruitment Consultant, Teacher, and Writer.
'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..'
Jaspal Singh, MA Language and Communication Research 2011-2012, current PhD candidate
Read Jaspal's full testimonial
'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.'
Suitable for graduates with degrees related to linguistics, language and communication.
A First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or equivalent is required. Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall.
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
Next intake: September each year
Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Office, Timothy Collins
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4722