Course information

Department

English and Creative Writing
Educational Studies

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Scholarship information

Funding available

Course overview

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

The MA Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education is an applied linguistics programme with an emphasis on both linguistic and cultural diversity. It 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?

  • 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.

  • Develop and add value to your professional life, whether you’re a manager, teacher, researcher, or in another profession related to language and education.

  • 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, through the Turing Scheme.
  • Gain experience in language teaching, either as an additional language, a second foreign language or a lingua franca, 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.
  • Draw on findings, theories and methodologies from across multiple disciplines, including ethnography, critical pedagogy, sociocultural linguistics, discourse analysis, multimodal analysis, conversational and narrative analysis.
  • We also run optional academic and research skills sessions throughout the year on essay writing, conducting fieldwork, transcription, interviewing, oral presentation skills, preparing for your dissertation etc.

The programme’s distinct interdisciplinary ethos is also reflected in your opportunity to choose modules from both the departments of English and Creative Writing and Educational Studies, including one module from a selection of relevant option modules in other departments in Goldsmiths, including sociology, anthropology, translation and literature.

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What you'll study

Overview

Modules are taught by the Department of English and Creative Writing (ECW) and the Department of Educational Studies (ES). You complete two compulsory modules, two option modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Compulsory modules

You take one of the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
English in a Multilingual World 30 credits
or
Language in its Sociocultural Context 30 credits

And one of these compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
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:

Module title Credits
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:

Module title Credits
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.

Assessment

Coursework; essays; examinations; dissertation.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

What our students say

Sarah

The MA in Multilingualism Linguistics and Education felt like a natural next step after graduating. It allowed me to develop these interests further and encouraged multidisciplinary research, something that really appealed to me.

I really enjoyed studying for my BA in English at Goldsmiths College and graduated with first-class honours. In particular, I liked modules on multilingualism and language use in the context of forced migration. This led me to write my final dissertation on the role of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) for people forced to migrate, residing at the time in Calais (France).

The MA in Multilingualism Linguistics and Education felt like a natural next step after graduating. It allowed me to develop these interests further and encouraged multidisciplinary research, something that really appealed to me. In order to make studying for a Masters financially viable, I applied for the MA fee-waiver bursary and was very fortunate to be offered it. If finances are also a hurdle for you, I highly recommend looking into this and other bursaries. 

Whilst studying for the MA in Multilingualism Linguistics and Education, I applied for the University of London Erasmus exchange project with the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador (Brazil). With help from the 'Access to Study Abroad bursaries' and the Erasmus grant, I was able to spend three months in Brazil, conducting research alongside the UFBA university team. The project’s area of investigation was the role of ELF and critical pedagogy for English language teaching. I compared how pre-service (trainee) and in-services (qualified) teachers engaged with critical pedagogy and ELF in the public (state) school system. We were also given the opportunity to learn Brazilian Portuguese, I attended regular in-person lessons throughout the 3 months. This was so useful while I was in Brazil and something I’ve continued with.

Studying and living in Brazil was such a great experience and I couldn’t recommend the MA in Multilingualism Linguistics and Education enough, especially with the UFBA Erasmus exchange!

Jack

"What caught my eye about this MA was the breadth of what you can cover and its interdisciplinary and inter-departmental approach."

"My route to the MA Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education (MLE) was quite meandering in many ways. My background had been in English Literature and I had spent the last few years teaching in a South London primary school, increasingly within the field of English as an Additional Language (EAL).

I was itching to start delving into research and theory that I could apply to my evolving practice as a teacher. I had looked around at many MAs which offered a straight-up 'teaching practice' and supporting EAL learners in the school or EAL in practice. What caught my eye about the MA MLE was the breadth of what you can cover and its interdisciplinary and inter-departmental approach.

It was a place where I could develop my knowledge in sociolinguistics (an area I’d always wished I'd gone down in my first degree) as well as look, through an international lens, at multilingual education systems and practices. This international dimension was one of the great positives about the course: getting to compare and contrast different educational systems across the globe (and not just on a Western axis of Europe, USA and Australia), as well as how multilingual the student body was: we would share first-hand experiences of education from places as diverse as China, India, Turkey and Chile. In many of the modules we did not shy away from vital questions of teacher and student reflexivity in relation to race, gender and class, which was also something that seemed lacking from more narrow and 'neutral' (of course there is no such thing) looking MAs I researched.

I also enjoyed how much I was able to delve into my arts-based education interests, as I was able to get involved with the Education department's Multilingual Digital Storytelling Global project. I felt my voice and ideas were really valued in this project.

Through a module called Children’s Literature and Cultural Diversity, I was also able to explore how to use filmmaking and creative writing can be used effectively for critical pedagogy in the classroom. 

After two years researching and writing about multilingualism in mainstream education contexts, I have now decided it is time to develop my own multilingualism and am currently living and teaching in Barcelona. I can already feel the benefit that the experiences and research and I envisage it will continue to have a huge impact on the people, spaces and projects I will encounter over here."

Tom

"The course has encouraged my critical thinking and given me the right tools to embrace the diversity of the globalized world that we live in."

"The MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics & Education provided me with an exciting opportunity to gain a solid foundation in the field of applied linguistics with a particular focus on its use in the educational context. The course has encouraged my critical thinking and given me the right tools to embrace the diversity of the globalized world that we live in. Engaging in lively discussions with other students from various backgrounds and our tutors made me look at different polemics from a variety of new and eye-opening angles.

The variety of modules allowed me to choose the ones that fit my needs and interests best. Throughout the year, there were a number of opportunities to hear guest speakers leading their respective field. It was a truly inspiring to be in an environment that allowed me to ask questions, with great tutors helping me acquire the necessary tools to answer them.

For your end of year thesis, which may seem like a daunting endeavour at first, you really get all the freedom you want to explore research questions that you are passionate about and you get all the guidance you need to find answers to them. Your lecturers guide and support you throughout the entire process and they are always available to answer any questions you may have. I couldn’t be more thankful for them. The course gave me the academic confidence and curiosity to pursue a PhD in the field of applied linguistics, which I don’t think would have been possible without the support from my supervisors during this degree.

The special focus on multilingualism couldn’t be more fitting for a university located in the heart of South East London where cultural and linguistic diversity can be found all around. Even after graduating, the area still feels like home and I always look forward to any opportunity to go back."

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 for some programmes 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.

 

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

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. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £8620
  • Home - part-time: £4310
  • International - full-time: £15820

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships

This programme is eligible for one of the department's fee waivers. Find out more about how to apply.

Additional costs

There is a small charge for hard copy reading packs.

 

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

As part of the selection process, you may be invited to an online or in-person interview. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Careers

Skills

You will acquire a wide-ranging understanding of educational and linguistic policy and research, especially with respect to multilingual settings. You will also develop your critical thinking, communication and research skills.

Careers

Teaching (especially language teaching or teaching in multilingual environments), administration and/or management of educational and language policy, publishing, the civil service, the media.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Staff

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