Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate

Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education (Taught)

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Course summary

The MA Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education is an applied linguistics programme with an emphasis on both linguistic and cultural diversity, which provides a solid understanding of key theoretical and practical issues in multilingual and intercultural educational settings. Why study MA Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education at Goldsmiths

  • You learn how the English language and other languages are structured and used in a range of cultural settings, and how to support the literacy and learning development of students from multilingual backgrounds. The course offers critical engagement with theory, policy and practice, and students benefit from intellectual debates in the disciplines of both education and linguistics.
  • Whether you’re a manager, teacher, researcher, or in another profession related to language and education, this degree will help you develop and add value to your professional life.
  • You'll gain experience in language teaching, either as an additional or second foreign language, and achieve a wider theoretical knowledge base by exploring topics such as intercultural communication, English language teaching, teaching languages from a multilingual perspective, and race, ethnicity and cultural diversity in education.
  • You'll be eligible to apply to spend time at our partner institution, the Federal University of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil). This will not require paying additional tuition fees, and – if successful – you will receive a grant for living expenses while in Salvador, provided by the UK Government's Turing Scheme.

Course details


Modules are taught by the Department of English and Creative Writing and the Department of Educational Studies. You complete two compulsory modules, two option modules and a 15,000-word dissertation. Compulsory modules You take one of the following compulsory modules: English in a Multilingual World 30 credits or Language in its Sociocultural Context 30 credits And one of these compulsory modules: Biculturalism and Bilingualism in Education 30 credits or Teaching Languages in Multilingual Contexts 30 credits In addition to the two compulsory modules, you must choose two option modules. One of the following modules from the Department of English and Creative Writing: Intercultural Discourse & Communication 30 credits Core Issues in English Language & Linguistics 30 credits Language & Ideology in Written Discourse 30 credits English as a Lingua Franca and Language Teaching 30 credits And one of the following modules from the Department of Educational Studies: Children’s Literature, Culture and Diversity 30 credits Race, Culture and Education 30 credits For the dissertation we encourage hands-on research based on the uses of written and spoken language in a variety of institutional and informal contexts. Where possible, we'll help you access multilingual settings relevant to your research. This will give unique insight into the practices of British classrooms and different linguistic communities. You're also encouraged to draw on your own experience or unique cultural and linguistic background. We run an additional MA study skills module in which we cover topics such as: using electronic resources; British academic essay writing & referencing at MA level; planning a dissertation. Individual Modules Some of these modules are also available to be taken as part of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

Assessment includes coursework, essays, examinations and dissertation.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in education, linguistics, or another relevant subject. You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme.

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Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS