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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. 

This postgraduate programme is ideally suited for the professional development of English language teaching professionals. It offers 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 draws on students’ teaching experience and encourages reflection and development in pedagogy. The degree equips students with a very high level of knowledge and skills in applied linguistics as well as critical and adaptable thinking. It is an excellent preparation for doctoral research study. The programme is available full time (over 1 year) or part-time (over 2-4 years).

Course structure


Code Title Credits
ENGL4175 Dissertation 60
ENGL4196 Research Methods 20



Group 1

Students must take at least 40 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
ENGL4193 Syllabus Design and Methodology  20
ENGL4192 Teaching Language and Literature 20
ENGL4282 Language Testing and Assessment 20

Group 2

Students must take 40 credits from Autumn semester in this group. Students can take 20 credits from the spring semester in this group.

Code Title Credits
ENGL4190 Discourse Analysis 20
ENGL4198 Topics in Applied Linguistics 20
ENGL4195 Corpus Linguistics 20
ENGL4286 Specialised Translation 20
ENGL4197 Intercultural Communication 20
INCM4018 Advanced Translation 20
ENGL4283 Business & Organisational Communication 20


Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on the Online Programme Catalogue

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

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



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