Applying Linguistics in Social and Professional Life ENGLANG5117

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This Masters course introduces students to a range of applications of linguistic theory and methods. It will analyse and critique research into various aspects of social and professional life, such as politics, media, education and professional practice, and consider the benefits and limitations of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods in answering different research questions.


10 x 2hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is a compulsory course for the MSc in Applied Linguistics and an option for the MSc in English Language and Linguistics and the MSc in Speech, Language and Sociolinguistics.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Master's at College level

Excluded Courses





Report (1000 words) - 25%

Written Assignment (4000 word) - 75%

Course Aims

This course aims to:


  Appraise key research in the field of Applied Linguistics over the past 60 years;

  Introduce the role of linguistic theory in applied research;

  Familiarise students with qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches in the application of linguistic theory;

  Enable students to focus on the interconnections between qualitative and quantitative methodologies in the analysis of real-life data;

  Enable students to apply these methodologies in interpreting language in use in social and professional contexts, including education, politics and professional practice;

  Present the key theoretical issues in explaining the dynamics of language and social life.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


Identify and describe the role of language in a range of social contexts;  

Articulate the relationship between language, context and society;

Critically analyse and apply a range of methodologies in Applied Linguistics;

Evaluate the key findings from selected seminal studies in Applied Linguistics; 

Assess the contribution of a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches to applied linguistic studies; 

Interpret and interrelate the results of qualitative and quantitative analysis of real-life data.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.