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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Falmer Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Our Language in Context MA is unique in offering students an engagement in interdisciplinary work crossing sociocultural and linguistic boundaries; as well as offering two distinct pathways to enable you to develop an advanced understanding of either sociocultural linguistics or pragmatics.

You will examine language use in a range of contexts, and explore various mechanisms of communication through a variety of analytical and theoretical frameworks. The interdisciplinary approach to language analysis enables an exploration of links to other disciplines, such as philosophy, cultural and political theory, and some aspects of psychology and cognitive sciences.

Learning about language from varied perspectives expands and enhances your skills base suitable both for a wide scope of potential careers and for doctoral research.

Course structure

The interdisciplinary nature of the course offers you an opportunity to explore language from a range of approaches through studying the Language in Context MA, or through two distinct pathways, giving you three options to choose from:

Language in Context
Language in Context (Pragmatics)
Language in Context (Sociocultural Linguistics)

Our courses are delivered using learning and teaching strategies that help improve your skills base, such as: group work, seminar and lecture participation, experiential work and data collection, tutorials and online learning environments.


The Language in Context MA prepares you for careers in professional writing, journalism and publishing, radio and TV, English Language Teaching, speech and language therapy, law, politics, sociology, forensic and anthropological linguistics. The course is also an essential preparatory tool for doctoral research and academic careers.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,300per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Brighton

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  • Campus address

    University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN2 4AT, England

Employability is embedded into every course, helping students to develop transferable and personal skills.
The university is set between the sea and the South Downs National Park and has easy access to London.
International students are guaranteed a place in halls of residence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    24th out of 29 2

    85th out of 102 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    103 50%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    105 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    42 42%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%



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