Degree and experience
Applicants should normally have an undergraduate honours degree (usually at 2:1 level or above), or equivalent in a relevant subject area, such as: linguistics, English language, literature, philosophy, sociology, politics, history, cultural theory, teaching English as a foreign language, journalism, creative writing, media studies.
Applicants without these backgrounds will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in one of the above areas, or some professional experience in the following fields: teaching (also teaching English as a foreign language whilst demonstrating some familiarity with linguistic analysis and metalanguage), journalism, cultural and social policy, charity and campaigning work.
Applicants without a good first degree, or without these backgrounds, may be required to provide written evidence (for example an assignment from a form of a training course, or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing.
Candidates may also be required to attend an interview. The interview will focus on the candidate’s potential to benefit from, and to contribute to, the programme of study. Candidates from overseas, or at some distance from Brighton, may elect to have a telephone and/or Skype interview.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept.
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the university's Language Institute.