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MA Applied Linguistics


The programme is available full time (over 1 year) or part-time (over 2-4 years)

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


Code Title Credits
ENGL4175 Dissertation 60
ENGL4196 Research Methods 20
ENGL4198 Topics in Applied Linguistics 20



Group 1

Students must take 20 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
ENGL4190 Discourse Analysis 20
ENGL4195 Corpus Linguistics 20
ENGL4286 Specialised Translation 20

Group 2

Students must take 60 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
ENGL4197 Intercultural Communication 20
ENGL4193 Syllabus Design and Methodology 20
ENGL4192 Teaching Language and Literature 20
ENGL4282 Language Testing and Assessment 20
ENGL4283 Business & Organisational Communication 20
INCM4018 Advanced Translation 20


Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. 

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.


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