Language Policy and Planning

In Aberdeen

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  • Typology


  • Location

    Aberdeen (Scotland)

  • Duration

    24 Months


The MLitt in Language Policy and Planning aims to provide students with an advanced knowledge of contemporary research, good practice in methodology and theory, and opportunities for independent research in the scholarly analysis of the sociolinguistic situation of minoritised languages and of strategies for the preservation and promotion of such languages.
Suitable for: Students who are interested in a broad range of issues concerning minority languages and concerning strategies for their maintenance and revitalisation. The degree will be particularly appropriate for those who are interested in work in the area of minority language planning and policy, who are interested in the implementation of language policy in the public, private and voluntary sector, who may be involved in the design and delivery of minority language services and services through the medium of minority language.




Aberdeen (Aberdeen City)
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High Street, Taylor Building, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UB


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To take into account

Normally a good second-class Honours degree at 2(i) or above (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline (linguistics, sociolinguistics, law, a modern language or languages). In addition, students whose mother tongue is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in the writing component)or equivalent.

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Course programme


Courses in the following areas are offered:

Compulsory Courses (4)

  • Sociolinguistic Methods I
  • Models of Language in Society
  • Models of Minority Language Policy and Planning
  • Research Methods Minority Language Policy & Planning

Optional Courses (2 of 6)

  • Legal Regimes for the Protection of Minority Languages
  • Socioeconomic Development and Minority Language Policy and Planning
  • The Media and Minority Language Policy and Planning
  • Issues in Acquisition Planning for Minority Languages
  • Implementing Minority Language Legislation and Policy in Scotland
  • Issues in Corpus Planning for Minority Languages


  • Dissertation in Minority Language Policy and Planning


Assessment methods vary by individual course, but generally include essays, reports, and other written exercises, as well as oral presentations, plus written examination, or by a combination of these, as prescribed for each course. The MLitt also requires a 15,000-word dissertation.


24 months, part-time.

Additional information

Contact person: Dr Robert Dunbar

Language Policy and Planning

Price on request