September 2019 start
PG 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. Whether your interest in language and language teaching is professional or academic, this MA provides you with advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics.
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Course description

This MA delivers advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition. It's 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 expert academic staff offer research expertise and supervision in a variety of sub-disciplines. These include sociolinguistics, English for academic purposes, bilingualism, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, intercultural communication and critical discourse analysis. In the field of TESOL, we offer particular expertise in academic writing, ESP, materials design and testing.

The course includes options to take part in work placements and gain additional professional qualifications. Our graduates go on to advanced careers in TESOL all over the world and work in fields such as business, publishing, translation and interpreting, language teaching, education and or go on to do further PhD research.

You'll study a mix of core and optional modules. In addition, you'll research your own interests in an extended dissertation.

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Core modules

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

Optional modules

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Curriculum Design, Materials Design, and Language Testing
  • Discourse and Genre Analysis
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Tesol practice
  • Theory and Practice of Language Teaching
  • World Englishes
  • Teaching Vocabulary in TESOL
  • Teaching Writing in TESOL


You’ll be taught by a dedicated 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.

The staff are leading figures in their fields, in many cases having written the books and papers you will be studying: Kook-Hee Gil (Second Language Acquisition), Nigel Harwood (TESOL Materials), Gabriel Ozon (English Grammar), Jane Mulderrig (Critical Discourse Analysis), Valerie Hobbs (English for Specific Purposes) and Beatriz Gonzalez-Fernandez (Vocabulary).

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

During your dissertation (MA only) you’ll be supervised by one of our academic staff, who’ll provide you with guidance on your topic and methodology. You'll have access to a dedicated computer room for students.


Assessment depends on the module, but includes 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.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
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The University of Sheffield provides me with an inspiring and supportive learning environment. I am given the opportunities to pursue my own interests and supported unconditionally by my lecturers who inspire, motivate and enlighten me.

Quynh Thi Pham
MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above 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. 

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.