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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.

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 Key benefits

  • Strong research environment including a number of research workshops and seminar series.
  • 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180-200 /ECTS 90-100

Course intake n/a

Course leaders

Dr Simon Coffey

simon.coffey@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department School of Education, Communication & Society

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Course detail

Description

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.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

We teach our modules through lectures, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group discussions. Typically 20 hours of class time per 20 credit module, with 180 hours of independent study. 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. There will be six hours of academic writing workshops.

There will also be 7 hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision for the Dissertation modules, and typically 4.5 hours of dissertation workshops, to complement 588.5 hours of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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 piece of writing, 15,000 words long.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180-200 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 this course page for updates.

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:
  • Researching Linguistic Diversity (20 credits)
  • Language, Identity & Culture (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 80-100 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Analysing Stories & Identities (20 credits)
  • English for Academic Purposes (15 credits)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Teaching Migrants in the UK (15 credits)
  • Interculturality & Culture in ELT (15 credits)
  • Issues in Teaching & Learning Modern Foreign Languages (30 credits)
  • Key Debates in Philosophy of Language (15 credits)
  • Language & Power (30 credits)
  • Language Assessment (15 credits)
  • Language, Culture & Mind (20 credits)
  • Language, Culture & Society (20 credits)
  • Language, Discourse & Social Media (15 credits)
  • Linguistic Politeness (20 credits)
  • Materials Development in English Language Teaching (15 credits)
  • Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
  • Sociolinguistics (15 credits)
  • Teacher Education (15 credits)
  • Working with Texts: Text Analysis for Language Professionals (15 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take the required modules Researching Linguistic Diversity and Language, Identity & Culture, as well as 40 to 60 credits of optional modules, in your first year. In your second year, you will usually take another 40 to 60 credits of optional modules and your dissertation module.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Language and Cultural Diversity Entry Requirements
 Minimum UK requirements 2:1

Either: 2:1 Bachelor's in linguistics, applied linguistics, English language, a modern language, or other similar and relevant degree. 

Or: Master's degree in linguistics, applied linguistics, English language, a modern language, or other similar and relevant degree.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £55 applies.

Your application will be assessed by two members of academic staff. We interview all applicants either in person or by phone if overseas. We aim to process all applications within four weeks although this may take longer in February and March and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please list relevant qualifications and state potential dissertation topic, if known.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £7,560 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £15,600 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time UK fees: £3,780 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,800 per year (2018/19)

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

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

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

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