Research Methods

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
05 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MRESQ14512 Analysing Language Use,
MA Q11012 Applied Linguistics,
MA Q110JS Applied Linguistics,
MRESQ10412 Experimental Linguistics,
MA QX1312 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),
MA QX13JS Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),
MPHDQ1XK48 English Language Teaching,
MPHDQ1XKJS English Language Teaching,
PHD Q1XK48 English Language Teaching,
PHD Q1XKJS English Language Teaching,
MPHDQ10K48 Linguistics,
MPHDQ10KJS Linguistics,
PHD Q10K48 Linguistics,
PHD Q10KJS Linguistics,
MLINQA15 English Language and Lingistics (Including Placement Year),
MLINQA16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQQ14 English Language and Linguistics

Module description

This module will introduce research methods in language and linguistics and will cover a range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method tools and approaches. It will introduce you to different data collection techniques and analyses. It will help you plan and conduct MA dissertation or other large research projects.

Module aims

This module will introduce you to some of the main ways in which research is conducted with language and linguistics. The module will help you to understand the differences between quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method tools and approaches and will help you to critically evaluate approaches taken in your and others’ research. The module will introduce you to some of the different techniques for collecting and analysing data. The module aims to provide you with practical experiences of working with different ideas and techniques and to enable you to understand more about the work done by colleagues within the different fields of linguistics.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you will be able to:
• understand the research process
• formulate viable research questions
• decide on which methods would be most appropriate for specific research questions
• discuss the methodology and research findings of published studies
• use terminology related to research methods

Module information


Learning and teaching methods

This module is made up of 10 one-hour lectures and 10 one-hour seminar slots. The lectures are designed to cover the different content for each week with the seminars designed to be more practical. These practical sessions will provide opportunities to explore and work with the approaches/methods/tools covered in the lectures. Some of the seminar sessions will be led by other colleagues working in specific areas of linguistics. Some seminars may require students to work with data and analytical tools, all of which will be available online.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay (2500 Words)  22/04/2024  100% 

Additional coursework information


Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Louise Rolland, email: l.rolland@essex.ac.uk.
Louise Rolland & Yuchen Zong



External examiner

Dr Vivienne Esther Rogers
Available via Moodle
Of 520 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
520 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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