Are you interested in the relationship between language and society?
Do you want to learn more about how vocabulary works and what the difference between spoken and written language?
Our MA in Applied Linguistics is intended for anyone interested in the application of language research to language pedagogy, and for teachers of English who wish to upgrade their professional standing. All students on this programme are introduced to the 400 million-word Bank of English corpus, an invaluable collection of authentic language data against which theory, intuition and pedagogic materials can be measured.
We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level; for this course we ask for IELTS 6.5 in all bands.
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
You will study four core modules:
This module provides a grounding in the analysis of the lexis and grammar of English. You will be introduced to essential concepts and terminology in the field, and gain practice in analysing naturally-occurring language using the models (NB Systemic-Functional Grammar) discussed. There is some emphasis on the application of such analysis to the study of language in social context.
Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
This module provides an introduction to the main sociological and psychological aspects of language use and language development. One half of the course will introduce and discuss concepts and issues in the field of Sociolinguistics; the other will explore issues in Psycholinguistics. Sociolinguistic topics will include: ‘standard’ language and dialectal variety, linguistic variation by social context / purpose, language and social class, language policy and planning. Psycholinguistic topics will include: Universal Grammar, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, 1st and 2nd language acquisition, language development.
Discourse, Culture and Communication
This module explores the interaction between discourse and ‘culture’. Various definitions of ‘culture’ are outlined in relation to other theoretical concepts (e.g. ideology), and you will be introduced to models of analysis for spoken and written discourse. These models are applied to sample texts, with a view to examining issues and problems of communication within and across cultural boundaries. You will be encouraged to explore the relevance of approaches to discourse and ‘culture’ to professional contexts.
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
This module aims to provide you with a grounding in methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics.
You will also choose two optional modules from a range which may include the following:
In the spring term -
Cognitive Approaches to Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
Computer Assisted Language Learning
Discourse for Teachers
English as a Global Language
Issues and Approaches in English for Academic Purposes
Language and Gesture
Language and New Media
Language and Politics
Language, Style and Identity
Language Teaching Observation and Practice
Please note that [a] one of your three spring term options will be linked to the Research Methods module for assessment purposes and will appear on your transcript as ´Research Methods in Applied Linguistics´; [b] availability of optional modules may vary from year to year.
Over the past five years, over 92% of English Language and Applied Linguistics postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our graduates enter roles for which their programme has prepared them, such as translation, interpreting or teaching; others use their transferable skills in a wide range of occupations including journalism, marketing, publishing and media.
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