[lg policy] MA Language Policy and Planning, Bangor University

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 13 13:50:47 UTC 2010

 MA Language Policy and Planning
Institution: Bangor University
Dept/School/Faculty:School of Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year full-time; 2-5 years part-time
Entry Requirements:2.1 in relevant discipline, or equivalent
professional experience
Course Fees:£3390
Start Month(s): September
Course Type: Standard
Contact Name: Dr Delyth Morris
Study Type:

The number of bilingual and multilingual communities and workplaces is
on the rise, and language planning is a field of growing importance.
For this reason, there is an increased demand for individuals with the
necessary knowledge and skills to put in place effective strategies
and systems that promote linguistic equality. As considering
‘language’ becomes a priority for many fields – development, planning,
education, health, IT, marketing – staff in a wide range of
professions require an understanding of and skills in language
planning. Furthermore, in Wales, the proposed new Welsh language
legislation has the potential to further increase the demand for
qualified personnel to address language-related issues and also to
create new and different demands.

The MA in Language Policy and Planning offers an innovative and
comprehensive exploration of a field that is of growing importance in
Wales and beyond. The programme benefits from BangorUniversity’s
unique combination of expertise, which will provide students with an
understanding of the theoretical as well as applied questions of
Language Planning.


The programme aims to address the needs of individuals, communities
and institutions for a more sophisticated and theoretically informed
understanding of language planning. The programme is offered as an MA
(180 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and Postgraduate
Certificate (60 credits) with exit points available for each level. At
all levels (Masters, Diploma and Certificate), the programme is
designed to equip students with the necessary tools to implement
successful systems of language planning in the workplace, community
and family. At Masters and Diploma level, students will also be
expected to develop a firm understanding of research methods. The
Masters programme will, through the dissertation, allow students to
explore a particular aspect of language planning further and will act
as a springboard to doctorate level studies if desired. The
combination of modules from Schools from across the University
capitalises on Bangor’s ability to explore language planning and its
associated issues from theoretical and applied perspectives.

Core Modules

* The Research Process / Y Broses Ymchwil (40 credits)


* Language Planning / Cynllunio Ieithyddol (20 credits)
* Bilingualism in Wales and Other European Countries / Dwyieithrwydd
yng Nghymru a Rhanbarthau Ewropeaidd Eraill (20 credits) (Module on

Optional Modules

* Public Law in Wales / Cyfraith Cyhoeddus yng Nghymru (20 credits)
* Public Sector Management / Rheolaeth yn y Sector Cyhoeddus (20 credits)
* Work Based Learning / Dysgu yn y Gweithle (20 credits)
* Current Issues in Bilingualism (20 credits)
* Agweddau ar Ddwyieithrywdd* (Aspects of Bilingualism) (20 credits)
* Hanes y Gymraeg* (History of the Welsh Language) (20 credits)

*Only available through the medium of Welsh

* Dissertation Module / Traethawd Hir (60 credyd)

PG Certificate = 60 credits (the Language Planning module is compulsory)

PG Diploma = 120 credits (including all core modules)

Masters = 180 credits (including all core modules and the dissertation module)


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