University of Brighton
Language in Context MA
University of Brighton

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 7.0
    • Master Degrees and TEFL
    • (minimums: Writing, minimum 7.0)
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (minimums: Writing, minimum 6.0)
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (minimums: Writing, minimum 6.0)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Language in Context, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Applicants should normally have an undergraduate honours degree (usually at 2:1 level or above), or equivalent in a relevant subject area, such as: linguistics, English language, literature, philosophy, sociology, politics, history, cultural theory, teaching English as a foreign language, journalism, creative writing, media studies. Applicants without these backgrounds will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in one of the above areas, or some professional experience in the following fields: teaching (also teaching English as a foreign language whilst demonstrating some familiarity with linguistic analysis and metalanguage), journalism, cultural and social policy, charity and campaigning work. Applicants without a good first degree, or without these backgrounds, may be required to provide written evidence (for example an assignment from a form of a training course, or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing. Candidates may also be required to attend an interview. The interview will focus on the candidate’s potential to benefit from, and to contribute to, the programme of study. Candidates from overseas, or at some distance from Brighton, may elect to have a telephone and/or Skype interview. IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
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
Insurance £51
Other £95
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.

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About University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a publicly funded university, and has three of its campuses located in Brighton which are known as Falmer, City and Moulsecoomb, and another in Eastbourne which is just outside of the vibrant South Downs National Park.

Student composition of University of Brighton

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

Falmer Campus
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