You would normally have a UK or internationally recognised honours degree, or its equivalent, in any relevant subject. An alternative would be an ordinary degree/teaching certificate and two to three years' teaching experience. For anyone who has studied at undergraduate level in a non-English-speaking country, we also require an English Language qualification equivalent to a British Council IELTS score of 7.0.
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.
The School of English is very active in research, with excellent 2008 RAE results. MPhil and PhD opportunities may be available.
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:
PgCert: Language Desciption (15 credits) Language and Social Variation (30 credits) Option 1 (30 credits)
PgDip: Option 2 (30 credits) Data, Theory and Method (30 credits)
MA: Dissertation (60 credits)
For the PG Diploma, you will take five modules. There are three core modules and a further two 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, Dissertation.
Optional modules: Analysis of Spoken Discourse, A History of English Language, Second Language Acquisition, Words and Meaning
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 50% 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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