Language and Cultural Diversity

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

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.
  • 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.

Who should take this course

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. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.



Course content

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

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)
  • 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)

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.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.