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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Carmarthen Campus

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Bilingualism and Multilingualism (MA) is an unique postgraduate qualification offered through distance learning provision, being the first degree of its kind offered in Europe and part of the University’s mission to contribute to the range of initiatives in the field of language planning and bilingual/ multilingual development, both in Wales and elsewhere.

Course Overview

The Bilingualism and Multilingualism (MA) takes full advantage of the rich linguistic experience offered by Wales’ own bilingual context, as well as University of Wales Trinity Saint David's long-established expertise within this field as part of an extended network of institutions across Europe where bilingualism, multilingualism and language planning is an everyday phenomenon.

The degree offers modules which encompass a range of aspects on bilingualism and language planning in Wales and internationally. Different pathways are offered to meet the professional demands of a variety of careers in the field of bilingualism. It consists of five modules in Part One and a dissertation of 15,000 words in Part Two.


A range of assessment methods are adopted in order to enable students to illustrate their knowledge and skills in relation to learning outcomes, including:

  • written assignments
  • presentations (adapted for distance learning purposes)
  • extended essays.

Assessment methods are adopted on the basis of their appropriateness for ensuring that students can show that they have achieved the learning outcomes which are explicit in every module and on which the assessment criteria are based.

At the start of every module students are provided with:

  • the assignment(s) for the assessment of the module and the weighting for each assignment
  • a list of the criteria used to mark an assignment or presentation
  • further guidance in relation to the requirements of the set tasks and dates for presentation.

Following the completion of an assignment, each student will receive:

  • a formal report containing an assessment of the individual criteria on which the final mark was based, and feedback containing comments on how to improve as part of a formative process.
  • an opportunity to discuss the assignment with a tutor if necessary.

Every assignment is assessed internally by a second-marker and by an external examiner.

Career Opportunities

The University has excellent resources, thus enabling us to offer a range of modules available to suit professional developmental needs and personal interests. The degree has a broad focus which is suitable for a range of professional fields and aims to equip students with the information and skills to work confidently in the field of bilingualism / multilingualism and language planning. The course offers a range of experiences and would appeal to anyone involved in the development of the use of language in modern society, including:

  • Language Officers
  • Policy Makers & Government Officers
  • Language Planners
  • Teachers & Trainers
  • Translators
  • Youth/ Community Workers
  • Those currently working in adult education in various countries
  • Those developing learning opportunities in both youth and adult contexts

The MA degree offers opportunities to progress to undertake subsequent research for a PhD.

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University information

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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  • Campus address

    University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3EP, Wales

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