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MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching


This course is ideally suited for the professional development of English language teaching professionals. You must have at least two years of teaching experience to be eligible for this course.

It has a special focus on teaching contexts and requires students to undertake teaching-related assignments, while also studying many modules from its sister degree MA Applied Linguistics.


Course structure


Students must take all modules in this group

ES4107  Research Methods 20 Autumn
ES4109 Approaches to Language and Linguistics 20 Autumn
ES4103 Teaching Lanuage and Literature 20 Autumn
ES4104 Syllabus Design and Methodology 20 Spring
ES4101  Discourse Analysis 20 Spring
ES4999 Dissertation 60 Summer


Total Credit 160

Admissions requirements

  • A good honours degree (usually a 2:1) 
  • Relevant teaching experience will be an advantage 

If you are not a native English speaker, or have not completed a degree taught in English, then the following English Language requirement will apply:

How to apply



Students must take 20 credits from the four modules below

Code TitleCreditsSemester  
ES4106 Corpus Linguistics 20 Spring
ES4108 Intercultural Communication 20 Spring
CS4702 Advanced Translation 20 Spring
CS4802 Advanced Interpreting 20 Spring


Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change.

Detailed module information can be accessed on Online Module Catalogue. Please search by module name or module code. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on Online Programme Specifications.



This course is ideally suited for the professional development of English language teaching professionals. Most of our students study this course in order to move their careers forward toward more senior teaching roles.

Student profile

Amy Brown decided to study the course in order to move her career forward after teaching English in Japan for a number of years. She chose UNNC as it offered her the chance to get an internationally recognised degree and to live in China.

She said: “The modules on offer are interesting, lectures are thought-provoking, and the teaching staff are approachable and friendly. All this is achieved in the unique environment of a truly international university, with staff and students from many different countries who all bring with them different teaching and learning experiences. There are lots of opportunities for meaningful class discussions about language and how it is taught.

“I had the chance to put what I learned on the course into practice by participating in volunteer teaching activities and there were numerous opportunities for me to learn Mandarin, see some of the exciting sights China has to offer, and make some great friends at the same time.

“I am looking forward to the windows of opportunity it will open for me in the future.”



Margaret Dowens

Admissions Office