Applied Linguistics MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Our MA focuses on the implications and applications of linguistic ideas. You’ll explore key concepts in linguistic theory and the application of these theoretical perspectives in fields such as:

  • language variation and change
  • discourse analysis concerning the language of public and private domains
  • intercultural communication.

You'll be trained in a range of current methodologies for linguistic analysis and will plan and execute original, data-driven research. You’ll become an active member of a vibrant scholarly community and attend talks and numerous events.

Our course prepares you to advance your career in a language-related profession, or to undertake a research degree.

Why choose this course?

  • Our research quality in English and Drama was ranked in the top 10 in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • English at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2018) and in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
  • You will work with a close-knit team of active and dynamic researchers who are committed to teaching and your intellectual growth, and will study with colleagues from many parts of the world.
“What stands out about my MA is the multicultural learning environment in which different languages and experiences are brought into the discussion.” Daniel Manning
Applied Linguistics MA

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

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If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language or modern languages with a significant linguistics component. If you have studied a different subject or have relevant experience, you’ll be considered for the course but may be asked to submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words).

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at englishpg@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You’ll study taught modules in the autumn and spring terms. There are core modules and options, depending on your prior studies in linguistics and your interests. In the summer term, you work on your supervised dissertation.

You are assessed by:

  • term papers 
  • language analysis papers 
  • a research proposal 
  • a 10,000-word dissertation.

You might also be interested in the English Language Teaching (ELT) MA. On some modules, you may be taught together with students from this course.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Postgraduate student Nicola Bloom talks about studying linguistics at Sussex

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Dr Melanie Green

Dr Melanie Green

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Research interests

African languages, Creole English, Grammar, Linguistics, Pidgin English, Syntax

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Prof Lynne Murphy

Prof Lynne Murphy

Professor of Linguistics

Research interests

American English, British English, Communication, Dictionaries, English, Inter-cultural Communication, Intercultural communication, Language, Lexicon, Linguistic Theory, Linguistics, Politeness, Vocabulary

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Dr Charlotte Taylor

Dr Charlotte Taylor

Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

corpus linguistics, Discourse analysis, impoliteness, Migration, mock politeness, Press reporting, Research design and methodology, sarcasm

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Course enquiries

Liz Walker
+44 (0)1273 877303 
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Find out about the School of English

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

During your Applied Linguistics MA you develop skills in written communication, critical assessment and problem solving. Our graduates often go on to careers in education and education management, particularly relating to:

  • the teaching of primary language skills
  • English as a second or foreign language
  • bilingual education.

Others go on to further study in linguistics and related fields, such as journalism, publishing, speech therapy and advertising.

Graduate destinations

93% of students from the School of English were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to jobs including:

  • publications controller, Oxford University Press
  • web content developer, The British Library
  • bookshop manager, Waterstones.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Researching Language in Use

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module introduces students to the practice of linguistic research. A diverse range of issues regarding the development of a research question, methodology and argumentation are explored through the topical theme of 'language in use'. On this module, you will read works on the theme of 'language in use' that exemplify good practice in research and argumentation, and will critically reflect upon and discuss methodologies and practices used in these and other works. You will receive lectures and practical workshop training on the following:

* accessing linguistic materials and using them appropriately
* identifying tractable research questions
* interpreting research findings
* linguistic field methods (ethnographic and language structure)
* quantitative research methods (survey & experiment design)
* structuring a linguistic argument
* ethical considerations in linguistic research
* self- and peer- evaluation

In order to put these skills into practice, you will complete assessed research exercises.

Research Proposal (Applied Linguistics)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module follows on from Researching Language in Use. In this module you will a)identify an interesting project, b)identify appropriate research questions and c)identify an appropriate methodology. By the end of the module you will have identified your dissertation topic and written a proposal, on the basis of which you will be assigned a supervisor. You will be supported by means of regular seminars, peer-group editing and support sessions, and by special skills workshops as needed (for example, on statistics, phonetics software, using MS-Word effectively), and by Study Direct discussions.

Dissertation (Applied Linguistics)

  • 30 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

For the dissertation, you will identify a particular research topic. Employing appropriate theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches from linguistics, you will investigate the phenomenon in question. The study will be written up as a 10,000 word dissertation. You will be assigned a supervisor knowledgeable in the area being investigated and work with the supervisor in tutorial sessions during the research period.

Forensic Linguistics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module we look at the interaction between linguistics and the law and more specifically we focus on the face-threatening strategies of deception, manipulation and aggression. This is a practical module in which we study the ways that linguistics can be applied in non-academic contexts. We start by examining the role of the linguist as an expert witness in the legal system and in this section we focus on the use of stylistics in investigating disputed authorship, for instance in missing person cases. We also examine and evaluate research into linguistic markers of deception.

In the second part of the module we analyse the language used in the legal process with a particular focus on courtroom discourse and police interviews. You will visit a courtroom and report back on the language practices you observed. We will describe the norms of courtroom discourse with particular reference to the pragmatic and discourse features. Subsequently, we focus on the ways in which certain groups may be linguistically disadvantaged in that process and how they are, or could be, protected from discrimination.

In the final part we briefly address the ways in which the law is applied to language, for instance in determining what counts as hate speech or libel.

Language Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

On this module, you will introduced to the study of formal linguistics. The aim is to familiarise you with the main sub-branches of the discipline and relevant applications to language pedagogy. The following areas are covered:

  • sounds and sound patterns (phonetics and phonology) 
  • word and sentence structure (morphology, syntax)
  • linguistic meaning (semantics and pragmatics).

Emphasis is placed on using the theories, methods and techniques from each of these sub-disciplines to examine real language data. You will carry out practical analysis of spoken and written texts. 

Language Variation

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to topics in and approaches to language variation, focussing primarily on regional and social variation.

In the first part of the module discusses aspects of regional variation in terms of phonology (accents), grammar and lexicon. The second part introduces you to main aspects of social variation, namely social class, age, gender and ethnicity, and the means of analysing them. In the third part, you will cover fundamental theories of language change, both linguistic and sociolinguistic, looking at how variation within a speech community can lead to change in the following generations, and how regional variation is shaped by such change.

While there will be a focus on variation in English, other languages will also be used for comparison and illustration, whenever appropriate.

Linguistic Typology

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

Whaley (1997: 7) defines linguistic typology as 'the classification of languages or components of languages based on shared formal characteristics.' In this module, we investigate some of the structural similarities and differences between the languages of the world, focusing on the patterns that are found in grammar (morphology and syntax). Which features co-occur within a language? Why are some patterns common across languages and others rare? We explore the principles of research in language typology, including establishing representative language samples, and look at grammatical phenomena including basic word order, word structure, case systems, relative clauses, interrogatives and information structure.

Phonology

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You study current phonological theory, covering both theories of phonological representations, such as:

  • distinctive features
  • autosegmental phonology
  • feature geometry
  • syllables and other prosodic phenomena like stress and tone.  

You also look at theories of phonological operations including:

  • rules
  • ordered derivations
  • lexical strata and cyclic derivations
  • constraints and constraint interaction
  • Optimality Theory.

The module is data-oriented, and phonological generalisations will emerge through the analysis of data sets.

You look at data from varieties of English as well as from a range of typologically different languages, shedding light on how English relates to other languages typologically, and what the parameters and limits of phonological variation are.

Second Language Acquisition and Research

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

On this module, you will compare theoretical perspectives on what is involved in language acquisition, as well as exploring some of the controversies that exist in the field and implications for second language teaching and learning. Theories of language learning and bilingualism are analysed and aspects of research methodology explored. Contemporary perspectives on SLA in relation to English as a global language in a multilingual world are also reviewed. In addition, you will take one of the Open Language Courses on offer, and reflect on your own learning processes and beliefs in connection the theoretical frameworks for SLA.

The Discourse of Social and Personal Identity

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module presents the concept of identity as socially constructed, communicatively produced and constantly negotiated and reinvented. The focus is on situated talk and especially narrative, although not exclusively, as social practice. The module has two sections that aim to present two facets of the identity issue.

The first part revolves around the negotiation of personal identity in different contexts, from courtroom testimony to negotiations in committee meetings (along the line of work by Gumperz and Goffman). It considers the issue of positioning of self and others. You study some of the sociolinguistic literature on self-narratives in interaction and oral history in different social settings, from immigrant discourse to traumatic recollections. We also discuss TV programmes revolving around personal stories. This is an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the medium and the function of 'infotainment' on identity.

The second part of the module focuses on the representation by others. It discusses media representation of given communities and highlights the ideology that such representation construes in the readers' mind. Examples from case studies are the Islamic community in the UK press (Poole, 2002), the representation of countries at war, e.g. the Iraqis during the 2003 conflict (Haarman and Lombardo, eds. 2008) and the identity that some political parties offer to their constituency in TV interviews etc.

Contemporary Stylistics: The discourse of film and drama

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module introduces you to the main issues and themes in the study of language and literature with specific reference to those narrative forms in which the viewers are actively involved as 'ratified overhearers'. These include film and drama in which the discourse reflects the typical double plane of communication between the characters in the story, on one level, and the external viewers on the other. The module revolves around the idea that theatre and film offer re-presentations of the world. In so doing they reorganise and recreate language, together with time and space, in respect of socio-cultural and media conventions and expectations. The module familiarises you with a number of approaches and practices in modern stylistics and explores such issues as characterisation, the relation between real-life and fictional talk, deixis and the construction of viewpoint and the notion of narrative. The module also discusses the concept of genre and focuses on the specific discursive representation within the confines of comedy, drama, horror and on what can be defined hybrid genres.

Discourse and Communication Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This courmodulese focuses on discourse analysis of spoken or written text in the widest sense. It will provide you with insight into methodological and ethical aspects of data collection. You will be introduced to observation and elicitation techniques as employed in dialectology and other branches of social linguistics, and to discourse transcription conventions.

Language and Culture in Intercultural Communication

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module examines how cultural assumptions and values influence language and interactional style, and vice versa. In order to do so, we interrogate our own cultures: what do we consider to be polite or rude, natural or unnatural in communication with others? What values and habits shape our expectations of what communication is, what it is for, and what forms it should take? We are then in a position to explore the ways in which communicative behaviours can vary and be (mis)interpreted in intercultural situations.

We consider the degree to which claims of universals in human interaction are tenable and the possibility of ‘intercultural competence’. Key areas of exploration will include linguistic relativity, individualism/communalism, context (high and low), interactional cues, face and politeness, time and relationships.

Language and Gender

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module students explore the relationship between language and gender/ sexuality from a wide range of theoretical perspectives. Although the module mainly takes a linguistic perspective on the construct of gender by enabling students to draw on their knowledge of sociolinguistics, language change, and discourse analysis, it also provides students with an opportunity to discuss the construct of gender by exploring relevant areas of sociology, anthropology, ethnography, and fictional discourse (mainly in film and theatre). By the end of this module students will be able to draw on interdisciplinary approaches and employ traditional and modern methodologies (e.g. quantitative, interactional, and ethnographic) to critically assess key issues and controversies in language and gender studies.

World Englishes

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module aims to address some of the current and significant issues concerning the growth and use of English around the world, the implications for pedagogy and teacher education. The increasingly international profile of the language, its learners and teaching contexts is reflected in the breadth of nationalities of students on the ELT course, studying, researching and working in this complex field. This area of English language teaching is attracting growing academic attention in terms of journal, book and conference publications, and raises challenging questions for both researchers and practitioners.

 

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