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.

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

About the course

Course description 2017

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'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.

The course includes options to take part in work placements and gain additional professional qualifications.

The School of English is ranked second in the UK for linguistics by the Complete University Guide 2017. We're recognised for our 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, materials design, testing, bilingualism, pragmatics, intercultural communication and critical discourse analysis.

Our graduates go on to advanced careers in TESOL all over the world. They also work in business, publishing, translation and interpreting.

Postgraduate student in the School of English

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Discourse and Genre Analysis
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Researching Writing in TESOL
  • Teaching Practice
  • Theory and Practice of Language Teaching
  • World Englishes

Teaching and assessment

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) and Jane Mulderrig (Critical Discourse Analysis).

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.

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.

Course duration

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

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

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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

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

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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

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