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MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching

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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, with a particular emphasis on English language teaching and pedagogical applications. 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. It draws on students' teaching experience and encourages reflection and development in pedagogy. It differs from its sister MA in Applied Linguistics only in the experience brought by the student to the programme, and in the dissertation topic required.

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.

Admissions requirements

  • A good honours degree (usually a 2:1) in a relevant subject 
  • If you are not a native English speaker, or have not studied a degree taught in English at a recognised insitution, 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)

  • A minimum of two years approved teaching experience (or equivalent). 

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 two optional modules from the following:

Module code Module title Credits
ES4198 Research Methods in Applied Linguistic 15
ES4180 Text, Talk and Corpus Analysis 15
ES4140 The Globalisation of English 15
ES4200 Sociolinguistics of Work 15


* Students who are planning to take ES4179 Language Testing and Assessment in the Spring semester must also take ES4198 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics.

Spring semester

Students must take at least two modules from the following:

Module code Module title Credits
ES4153 Teaching Language and Literature 15
ES4179 Language Testing and Assessment 15
ES4169 Syllabus Design and Methodology 1 15


Students can choose one or two 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
ES4199 Intercultural Communication 15



Module code Module title Credits
ES4999 Dissertation 60


Total: 180 credits

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

More information

Detailed module information can be found 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:||