Are you interested in learning how the English language works? How it may be analysed and how you learn languages?
The MA in English Language and Applied Linguistics is a highly flexible programme that allows you to develop expertise in specific areas of linguistics, such as corpus linguistics, literacy linguistics or cognitive linguistics. The programme combines a range of core modules and optional modules to ensure that you develop a solid foundation in the discipline area whilst also having the flexibility to pursue your own specific research interests. This highly flexible programme is ideal for language professional, or for those intending to become language professionals.
We usually require an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, English Language or another relevant subject (e.g. TEFL/TESL, Translation Studies, English Literature, Communication Studies). Appropriate work experience will also be taken into consideration.
We accept a range of qualifications
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
Your two core modules are as follows:
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 (e.g. Systemic-Functional Grammar) discussed. There is some emphasis on the application of such analysis to the study of language in social context.
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
This module includes a course in methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics.
In the autumn term, you will choose two optional modules from a range which includes:
Social and Multimodal Aspects of Communication OR Social and Psychological Aspects of Language OR Psychological and Multimodal Aspects of Communication
Discourse, Culture and Communication
Syllabus and Materials Design
In the spring term, you will choose three further optional modules from a range which includes:
Cognitive Approaches to Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
Computer Assisted Language Learning
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
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