MA/Diploma Applied Linguistics with TESOL

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Share your love of language with some of the most enthusiastic experts in the world.

Our staff are highly respected researchers, critics and writers who are leading figures in their fields. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work hard to make sure your masters experience is as rich and rewarding as possible.

You'll be taught by a committed and enthusiastic team of teachers. Our internationally recognised research feeds straight into our teaching, with students sometimes taking a hands-on role in our research activities.

About the course

This course delivers advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition. We also have expertise in related disciplines including sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics.

You'll spend about eight hours a week in lectures, seminars and workshops. And there are chances to take part in classroom-based research projects in the UK and overseas.

You'll be assessed, depending on the module, on essay assignments and classroom coursework tasks.

You'll write your dissertation (MA only) over the summer. If you don't complete the dissertation, you'll be awarded a diploma.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • English Grammar
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation (MA only)

Optional modules

  • Development and Evaluation of Language Teaching Materials
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Theory and Practice of Language Teaching
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Current Topics in ESP
  • Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Testing
  • Researching Writing in TESOL
  • Discourse and Genre Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • World Englishes
  • Teaching Practice (English Language Teaching Centre)

Not all of these options are available each year.


  • Lectures, seminars, workshops and scheduled group study (approximately 10 hours a week)
  • Chances to participate in classroom-based teaching practice and observation


  • Essay assignments
  • Classroom coursework tasks
  • The dissertation (MA only) is written over the summer - if you don't complete the dissertation, you'll be awarded a diploma

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Postgraduate student in the School of English

I'm an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher, so this course is perfect for me. It's given me lots of ideas and techniques about how to teach certain skills in EFL, and taught me more about the way language works.

Amber Jay, Applied Linguistics with TESOL

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A first degree in English or a related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

How we teach

Our expertise covers all aspects of the subject, so whatever you're interested in you'll get the best possible advice and support. We provide training in research methods and you can choose to go on a work placement as part of your course.

You'll be taught by academics whose work is published internationally. Their specialisms include language acquisition, historical language studies, applied linguistics, literary linguistics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.

We have a lively research culture. Through lectures and weekly seminars we'll introduce you to the latest ideas. You'll have the opportunity to explore these ideas in your own research.

With the School of Languages and Cultures, we established the new University Centre for Linguistic Research to gather and support postgraduate linguistics research across the University.

Your career

Our graduates are working in teaching (primary, secondary, FE, HE and TESOL), publishing, marketing, libraries, fund-raising, charities and the public sector. A masters from Sheffield is a sound basis for a PhD at any leading university.

Our resources

We have specialist recording equipment for fieldwork and experimental work. Interactive computer-based workshops will introduce you to corpus-linguistic technology.

The University library subscribes to several electronic databases including JStor, Early English Texts online and Eighteenth-century Collections online. For more advanced reading, there's a regular free minibus service to the British Library at Boston Spa.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Jackie Elkington
T: +44 (0)114 222 0211