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Program Name:

MA English Linguistics
Program Homepage: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/pme/school-of-english/courses/english-linguistics-pgcert-pgdip-ma
Institution: Birmingham City University
Address: Franchise Street
Perry Barr
City: Birmingham
Zip/Postal Code: B42 2SU
Country: United Kingdom
Contact Person: English Office
Email:

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Phone: +44 (0)121 331 5675 or 5472 or 7279
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics
History of Linguistics
Language Documentation
Linguistic Theories
Philosophy of Language
Phonetics
Phonology
Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: The course is run in a distance learning mode. For each module you will receive a study book which guides you through that English Linguistics module. You will also need to use text books: a full list of materials required is provided with each module syllabus. You will be able to purchase the course text books from the electronic bookshop, www.elb-brighton.com.

While studying a module, you will have regular contact with your module tutor by post, telephone, fax or email. There will also be information available to you on the internet, including the use of a discussion forum so that you can contact other students if you want to. You will need to spend about 200 study hours on a module. With 10-12 hours a week you can complete a module in 4-5 months.

You will have the use of the facilities of the University’s library, which operates a postal service for distance learning students. Lending is completely free and you only have to pay for the postage.

The course is made up of two components: 'taught' modules and a dissertation. Successful completion of each module will gain you a number of credits. As you progress through the course, the accumulation of credits will enable you to gain a series of staged qualifications as follows:

Postgraduate Certificate in English Linguistics (60 credits)
The first three 'taught modules' (which include Language Description and Language and Social Variation)

Postgraduate Diploma in English Linguistics (120 credits)
In addition to the first three modules, a further two optional modules as well as Data, Theory and Method in Linguistics.

MA English Linguistics (180 credits)
MA students will go on to write a dissertation of 15- 20,000 words.

Modules
For the PG Diploma, you will take six modules. There are three core modules and a further three optional modules. On successful completion of these modules, you can proceed to the dissertation.

Core modules:

Language Description
Language and Social Variation
Data, Theory and Method in Linguistics
Optional modules:

Analysis of Spoken Discourse
Approaches to Narrative
A History of English Language
Words and Meaning
Assessments
The course is assessed entirely by coursework. For each module you will have two assignments that count towards your overall mark. You will need to gain an average of 40% in order to pass the module. The assignments are of many different kinds, including essays, reports, transcription and other analytical exercises. Many of these encourage you to develop and carry out your own research projects so that you can relate the modules to your own context and experiences.

The dissertation is a small scale research project that you will carry out under the guidance of a supervisor assigned to you from the course team.
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