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MA Applied Linguistics


This postgraduate programme represents a one year full-time (or part-time) advanced study of the current state of scholarship in language study and linguistics. It provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary and sub-disciplinary dimensions of linguistics, and offers students the ability to develop a critical facility in applying theoretical models and frameworks in language study.

Students take 180 credits worth of modules, including the dissertation element (60c). Students are required to take the module Approaches to language and Linguistics (15c) and the module Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (15c). Students can choose an additional 90 credits from a range of taught elective modules.

The degree equips students with a very high level of knowledge and skills in applied linguistics, critical and adaptable thinking. It is an excellent preparation for doctoral research study.

Admission requirements

  • A good honours degree (usually a 2:1) in a relevant subject
  • 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: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or TOEFL IBT: 100 (no less than 19 in any element)

For detailed information on admissions and how to apply please visit our study with us pages|.

Course structure in academic year 2014/15

Autumn semester

Students take two compulsory modules:

Module code Module title Credits
ES4204 Approaches to Language and Linguistics 15
ES4142 Grammar and Discourse 15


Students must choose at least one optional module from the following:

Module code Module title Credits
ES4180 Text, Talk, and Corpus Analysis 15
ES4198 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 15

Students take one optional module from the following:

Module code Module title Credits
ES4140 The Globalisation of English 15
ES4200 Sociolinguistics of Work 15

Spring semester

Students must choose four optional modules from the following:

Module code Module title Credits
ES4203 Business and Organisational Communication 15
ES4141 World Englishes: East and South-East Asia 15
ES4153 Teaching Language and Literature 15
ES4169 Syllabus Design and Methodology 1 15
ES4179 Language Testing and Assessment 15
ES4199 Intercultural Communication 15



Module code Module title Credits
ES4999 Dissertation 60


Total: 180 credit 

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

More information

Detailed module information can be found by using our Online Module Catalogue|. Please search by Module name or Module code.

Detailed programme specification please refer to Online Programme Specifications|.

To get in touch with us, please contact the Admissions Office or Admissions Officer of the School of English, Matthew Beedham, via email:||