Key Course Facts
This course explores 20th-century history of linguistics and the philosophy of linguistics. Tensions between different conceptions of language, the issues surrounding research methodology in linguistics, sociolinguistics and the sociology of language are examined. This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised course is designed to prepare you for doctoral study.
The course combines a mixture of generic research training modules with more specialised modules covering research training and specific linguistic knowledge. You will gain a working knowledge of the methodology and skills in quantitative and qualitative research in language and linguistic studies. You will carry out a literature review, independent fieldwork, and undertake sociolinguistic analysis using a variety of mathematical and computational tools. We offer supervision in the following areas:
Linguistic theory Language variation and change Language evolution, acquisition, and development.
Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS):
CRiLLS is one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe, so you have a unique opportunity to acquire a wide range of methodologies and exposure to diverse theoretical perspectives to enrich your own research. We have a wide range of research supervisors you can work with.
We offer subject-specific research training, including specialised practical workshops on statistical packages and software used in corpus linguistic methodologies. This specific training complements the research training programme you will be part of as a postgraduate research student.
Our 'student work in progress' meetings give you the opportunity to present your work to a student audience, giving you instant feedback and discussions around your research. Our special interests groups also facilitate researchers with common interests to share ideas, develop new skills and gain feedback on their work.
Internationally renowned linguistic researchers are regularly invited to give guest lectures, recent speakers include: •Professor Ellen Bialystok, York University, Toronto •Professor J K Chambers, University of Toronto •Professor David Pesetsky, MIT •Professor Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University.
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.
We are based in the Percy Building where the majority of your seminars and tutorials will take place. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes several dedicated computer clusters, meeting rooms, a kitchen and lounge area.
Linguistics postgraduates also benefit from a dedicated space reserved for members of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences. This space provides a range of resources, including access to linguistics software (eg Childes, Clan, Elan, Praat), linguistic corpora (eg DECTE, ICE, ICAME), and specialised equipment such as the eye tracker.
The generic research training modules are part of our Faculty Training Programme, designed specifically for postgraduate research students. The Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences.
You also have access to the award-winning Peter Robinson Library, which has an extensive audio-visual collection.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Foundation / Pathway Courses
- Graduate Degrees
- Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Sociolinguistics, PgDip, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in: linguistics a language (with or without another subject, eg English and French) a discipline primarily involving the scientific study of human cognition or behaviour (eg cognitive science, psychology, anthropology, sociology) International Students To study this course you need to meet our Band 10 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills) Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of Newcastle University in top UK and global rankings.
About Newcastle University
Founded in 1834, Newcastle University is located in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Less than an hour’s bus ride from the coast, this institution of higher education offers Undergraduates modern lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, and spaces for socialising and for being creative such as their Fine Arts Hub. Postgraduate students have their own library, complete with a laptop loan system and assistance from knowledgeable librarians to ensure that students have every means of succeeding.
Student composition of Newcastle University
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Clinical Linguistics and Evidence-Based Practice MSc (Res)||Newcastle University||90%||5%||15%||-||-||153||Newcastle||On campus Full-time|
|Linguistics MA||The University of Manchester||90%||5%||15%||£5250||£10500||153||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|Linguistics and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) CertHE||Birkbeck, University of London||90%||5%||15%||£3375||£3375||153||London||On campus Part-time|
|Linguistic Studies GradCert||Birkbeck, University of London||90%||5%||15%||£3010||£5460||153||London||On campus Part-time|
|Corpus Linguistics (Distance) MA||Lancaster University||90%||5%||15%||-||-||153||Lancaster||On campus Part-time|
|Sociolinguistics PgDip||Newcastle University||90%||5%||15%||-||-||153||Newcastle||On campus Part-time|
|Applied Linguistics with TESOL MA||The University of Sheffield||90%||5%||15%||-||-||153||Sheffield||On campus Full-time|
|Sociolinguistics PgDip||Newcastle University||-||-||-||-||-||-||Newcastle||On campus Part-time|