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MA Applied Linguistics



Applied linguistics identifies, investigates, and offers solutions to language-related real-life problems, such as improving how languages are taught or how multicultural workplaces can improve communication between staff.

This one-year full-time (or part-time) course has a particular focus on research methodology, exploring how language shapes human interaction.


By studying this course you will:

  • understand how to employ a range of research approaches to language, from discourse analysis to corpus linguistics
  • have the opportunity to investigate language and communication from an interdisciplinary angle
  • develop a thorough grounding in language research and its practical applications
  • use your knowledge of how languages are formed to solve real-life problems.


The course is excellent preparation for students who wish to continue their studies at PhD level.


Admissions requirements

  • A good honours degree (usually a 2:1)  

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:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or PTE Academic 62(minimum 55)

How to apply


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 Language and Literature 20 Autumn
ES4101  Discourse Analysis 20 Spring
ES4999 Dissertation 60 Summer



Group 1                            

Students must take 20-40 credits from this group

Code TitleCreditsSemester  
ES4103 Teaching Language and Literature 20 Autumn
ES4106 Corpus Linguistics 20 Spring
ES4108 Intercultural Communication 20 Spring
ES4104 Syllabus Design and Methodology 20 Spring


Group 2

Students can take maximum 20 credits from this group if only 2 modules are chosen from Group 1

Code TitleCreditsSemester  
CS4702 Advanced Translation 20 Spring
CS4802 Advanced Interpreting 20 Spring


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


By studying applied linguistics you will develop skills that are highly valued by employers, such as critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation and problem solving skills. The types of careers you might expect to pursue include:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Business analyst
  • Communications
  • Language teaching
  • Project management
  • Publishing
  • Research and academia
  • Writing

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.



For further information, please contact:

Margaret Dowens:

Admissions Office

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