MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL


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MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL

World-class teaching and facilities

The MA will provide you with advanced training in Applied Linguistics, whether you have a professional or academic interest in language and language teaching. It is particularly suitable for qualified students and trained teachers, who wish to enhance their understanding of theory and practice in language teaching, and enrich their professional practice. Our course includes options to take part in work placements and gain additional professional qualifications.

The School of English is recognised for its expert academic staff who offer research expertise and supervision in a variety of sub-disciplines. These include second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, English for academic purposes, bilingualism, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, intercultural communication and critical discourse analysis.

Your future

An MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL is a gateway to an international career. Our graduates go on to careers in:

  • language teaching and education
  • publishing
  • translation and interpreting
  • positions in international corporations
  • PhD research

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Fast facts

Title: MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL

Award: Master of Arts

Duration: Full-time - 1 year, Part-time - 2 years

Entry: Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent. Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in each other component, or equivalent.

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In our taught course we include a mix of core and optional modules. In addition, you’ll research your own interests in an extended dissertation.

You’ll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials. During your dissertation you’ll be supervised by one of our academic staff, who’ll provide you with guidance on your topic and methodology. You will have access to a dedicated computer room for students.

Assessment is by coursework assignments and a dissertation. 

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Full-time structure

A full-time student will follow the model of study below:

Semester 1

Four core foundation modules in linguistic and pedagogical theory

Semester 2

Four optional modules and complete a 15000 word dissertation from June- September.

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory module in Research Methods

Part-time structure

A part-time student will follow the model of study below:

Year one
Semester one
Two core foundation modules in linguistic and pedagogical theory
Semester two
Two optional modules

Year two
Semester one
Two core foundation modules in linguistic and pedagogical theory
Semester two
Two optional modules and complete a 15000 word dissertation from June- September.

Semesters 1 and 2
Compulsory module in Research Methods


Our core modules include:

Introduction to Language and Linguistics
English Grammar and Discourse
Language Teaching Methodology
Second Language Acquisition
Research Methods

You will also complete a 15,000 word supervised dissertation.

The remainder of your credits will be chosen from our list of optional modules. Optional modules may include:

Materials Design
English for Specific Purposes
Intercultural Communication
Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
Language Testing
Discourse and Genre Analysis
Corpora in Applied Linguistics
Phonological Acquisition
Researching and Teaching Writing
Teaching Practice
Theory and Practice of Language Teaching

Course content: Course content refers to academic year 2017/18. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Our campus and how we use it: We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (GPA 3.0) in English literature, language, linguistics, or a related discipline (e.g. history, philosophy, modern languages) is usually required. Find out more about EU and international student entry requirements.

English language requirements:

For applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS is the preferred test of language. You need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0, with a minimum 6.5 in writing, and a minimum of 6.0 in all the component tests. Further information can be found here.

English language support

The English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) provides language support and development for students whose first language is not English. See their services here.

Disability support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Information for disabled applicants.

Fees and funding:

Find information on fees and the sources of funding that can help you pay for your postgraduate studies.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities scholarships.

How to apply:

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Applying to start in over 12 months time?

Please feel free to submit your application via our online system, however please note that we will not be able to process your application for this course until 12 months before your proposed start date.

Visit us:

If you’re considering a postgraduate programme at Sheffield, you are very welcome to visit us. You can attend an open day or a visit afternoon, which will include a tour of the University campus and the department, or contact the school directly ( to arrange a personal visit to meet with the director of your chosen programme.

More information and booking.

Further information:

If you have questions about the academic content of this course please contact Dr Nigel Harwood.

If you need further information about studying at Sheffield, visit AskUS to browse our frequently asked questions or to ask a question.

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Core Teaching Staff:

Staff profiles

Dr Nigel Harwood: (editor of English for Specific Purposes journal) Academic writing; English for specific and academic purposes; Materials and textbook design; Corpus-driven pedagogy
Dr Kook Hee Gill: Syntax; Semantics; Generative Second Language Acquisition.
Dr Jane Mulderig: Critical Discourse Analysis; Corpus-based CDA; Political and Policy Discourse; Discourses of Ageing.
Dr Valerie Hobbs: English for Specific Purposes, Second Language Writing, Corpus Linguistics, Language Teacher Education, Theolinguistics.
Dr Gabriel Ozon: Syntax of Light Verb Constructions