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Language and Cultural Diversity MA

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Our Language & Cultural Diversity MA examines the complex relationship between language and cultural diversity, and will equip you with an advanced knowledge of the major approaches to linguistic aspects of culture. Through the course you will develop the research skills and knowledge to support further study in empirical and applied linguistics.

Key benefits

  • Strong research environment including a number of research workshops and seminar series.
  • Offering a broad range of module choices with three thematic areas, our MA courses are both research and professionally oriented.
  • Stimulating and intellectually challenging teaching and learning environment which aims to maximise your critical analysis skills and autonomous learning.
  • The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication, with which you will automatically be affiliated during your time as a student, forms part of the King's Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • We occupy a prominent position in national and international research networks.

This course examines the complex relationship between language and cultural diversity, and will equip you with: • An understanding of language use in urban multi-cultural contexts in a globalised world, and of how personal and socio-cultural identities such as gender, age and ethnicity are shaped, both institutionally and at a local level of everyday social interaction. • An ability to critically analyse and evaluate issues of cultural diversity and intercultural communication. • Research skills and knowledge relevant to further study in empirical and applied linguistics.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

Teaching

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We teach our modules through lectures, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group discussions.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, and an indicative split of how this work is divided is below. Taught modules will usually be 15, 20 or 30 credits:

  Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 20 credit module

Typically 20 hours of class time. These sessions include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group discussions around core readings in the field. The number of contact hours for each optional module varies.

 Typically 180 hours
 Academic writing workshops  -  Typically 6 hours

 

Assessment

    The way we will assess you will depend on your choice of modules. For our required modules, this will be through a combination of essays and examination. We assess our other modules in various ways, but typically with essays and oral presentations. The dissertation is assessed by an extended 15,000 words long.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take the following modules:

    Researching Linguistic Diversity (30 credits)
    Language, Identity & Culture (15 credits)
    Dissertation (60 Credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take up to 75 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

    Analysing Stories & Identities (15 credits)
    English for Academic Purposes (15 credits)
    Multilingualism, Migration and Diversity (15 credits)
    Language Assessment (15 credits)
    Language, Culture & Mind (15 credits)
    Language, Discourse & Social Media (15 credits)
    Linguistic Politeness (15 credits)
    Materials Development in English Language Teaching (15 credits)
    Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
    Sociolinguistics (15 credits)
    Teacher Education (15 credits)
    Teaching and Learning Pragmatics (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our graduates use the skills which they develop with us to pursue careers in doctoral research, journalism, publishing, international relations and language-related professions such as teaching, translation and interpreting.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses  
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    This course examines the complex relationship between language and cultural diversity, and will equip you with: • An understanding of language use in urban multi-cultural contexts in a globalised world, and of how personal and socio-cultural identities such as gender, age and ethnicity are shaped, both institutionally and at a local level of everyday social interaction. • An ability to critically analyse and evaluate issues of cultural diversity and intercultural communication. • Research skills and knowledge relevant to further study in empirical and applied linguistics.

    Base campus

    waterloo-banner
    Waterloo Campus

    Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

    Teaching

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    We teach our modules through lectures, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group discussions.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, and an indicative split of how this work is divided is below. Taught modules will usually be 15, 20 or 30 credits:

      Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
    Per 20 credit module

    Typically 20 hours of class time. These sessions include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group discussions around core readings in the field. The number of contact hours for each optional module varies.

     Typically 180 hours
     Academic writing workshops  -  Typically 6 hours

     

    Assessment

      The way we will assess you will depend on your choice of modules. For our required modules, this will be through a combination of essays and examination. We assess our other modules in various ways, but typically with essays and oral presentations. The dissertation is assessed by an extended 15,000 words long.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take the following modules:

      Researching Linguistic Diversity (30 credits)
      Language, Identity & Culture (15 credits)
      Dissertation (60 Credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take up to 75 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

      Analysing Stories & Identities (15 credits)
      English for Academic Purposes (15 credits)
      Multilingualism, Migration and Diversity (15 credits)
      Language Assessment (15 credits)
      Language, Culture & Mind (15 credits)
      Language, Discourse & Social Media (15 credits)
      Linguistic Politeness (15 credits)
      Materials Development in English Language Teaching (15 credits)
      Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
      Sociolinguistics (15 credits)
      Teacher Education (15 credits)
      Teaching and Learning Pragmatics (15 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our graduates use the skills which they develop with us to pursue careers in doctoral research, journalism, publishing, international relations and language-related professions such as teaching, translation and interpreting.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses  
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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