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MA in Language and Communication Research

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This scheme is for anyone wishing to develop research knowledge and skills relating to areas of language and communication (including media communication). This can be seen as either a free-standing qualification for people working in professional or commercial spheres where such skills are needed, or a preparatory step to embarking on a PhD. The MA can be studied full-time or part-time. The full-time programme carries Advanced Course Recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a postgraduate research training scheme. Applicants should hold a related university degree or equivalent qualifications or experience. Those whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS score of at least 7.

Details of the Scheme

Students on this scheme take six taught modules. Four of these are core obligatory modules, and the other two are chosen from a set of options. The full-time MA has the six taught courses over two semesters
(September to April), followed by a supervised dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words between May and September. Assessment of taught components is by coursework only.

The part-time MA lasts just over two calendar years, with three taught modules between October and May in each of years one and two, and a dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words to be completed between May of year two and the following January.

1. Core Obligatory Modules

The Foundation module in Language and Communication Research provides students with a basic introduction to appropriate research
methods and analysis, the philosophy, ethics and principles of language and communication research, and some essential study skills needed for conducting, writing up, and publishing research. Two further modules - Quantitative Research Methods and Qualitative Research Methods – provide a sound knowledge of the main types of research designs, methods, and analyses employed in the fields of language and communication. There is also a Research Experience module, in which students select, conduct, and write up one of a number of tasks offered from the research projects currently in progress in the Centre. For this module, students receive supervision.

2. Options

In addition to these four core obligatory modules, students select one seminar course of particular relevance to their interests, or intended area of subsequent research activity. These seminar courses can in some cases be student-driven in which case their precise composition is partly determined by the research interests and priorities of the participants themselves. The pool of options currently on offer is:

NB. This list of seminar courses may vary slightly from year to year, and is determined annually by the Board of Studies.

Assessment for the MA scheme comprises written coursework assignments totalling 4,000 words for each of the six taught modules, plus a supervised dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words.


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How to Apply

You may apply online or send us a paper application form (also available from the 'Apply' section of Cardiff University's website). Applications are considered on a continuous basis throughout the year.

The School welcomes applications from students from outside the United Kingdom. More information is provided on our International Students page.


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