Research Skills - LING8370

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Christina Kim checkmark-circle


This course will equip students with the necessary training in a broad range of research skills, with the express aim of preparing them for postgraduate level writing and research, and ultimately for their dissertation. Key topics will include: academic writing in linguistics; bibliographical search; hypothesis formation; falsifiability; ethical procedures; introduction to quantitative and qualitative methodologies.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150


This module is compulsory for students studying on the MA in Linguistics.
Optional for MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Abstract (300 words) 30%
Annotated bibliography (1,800 words) 50%
Presentation 20%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of hypothesis formation and the ability to choose an appropriate research design for a given research question;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the main methods of academic enquiry within linguistics, including an ability to employ discernment in bibliographical search and precision in
the description and evaluation of a broad range of linguistic concepts;
3. Demonstrate understanding of ethical considerations which need addressing prior to the undertaking of any study involving human subjects;
4. Demonstrate practical linguistic research skills by critiquing existing research, undertaking independent study, analysing and discussing their findings according to
scientific protocol and reflecting critically upon the processes involved.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Communicate the results of their work accurately, with well-structured and coherent arguments in an effective and fluent manner;
2. Demonstrate that they have mastered the intricacies of advanced academic writing;
3. Demonstrate their ability to conduct linguistic research using a range of research methods and tools.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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