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Course summary

Working alongside our expert staff, you will investigate how English language is applied in real-life contexts. You will have the option of studying modules in sociolinguistics, psychology of language, discourse analysis, stylistics, first and second language acquisition, and teaching English as a foreign language. We will introduce the key ideas and concepts in applied linguistics, training you in relevant research methods including quantitative and qualitative approaches. You will also have access to training, software and resources for conducting corpus-assisted studies of language in use. The key features of this course include:

  • A theoretical grounding in, and practical experience of, varied research methodologies
  • Teaching informed by active research
  • Flexibility in course content through optional modules. Areas include: sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, literary linguistics, psycholinguistics, English language teaching


The total credits for this course are 180. Part time students will typically take three modules each academic year. You can take one in the autumn term and two in spring, or vice versa, depending on your preference and module choice. The dissertation will take place over the final summer of your studies. All classes take place during weekdays.

Assessment method

Most modules are assessed by written work of varying lengths, corresponding with the content and weighting of the module. You may also be assessed by other means, for example presentations or by original empirical work. Your course tutors provide detailed comments on assignments. Towards the end of your studies, you will complete a 14,000 word dissertation. This is a major piece of independent research, and you will be allocated a supervisor who is a specialist in your chosen area. Your dissertation supervisor will provide advice and guidance to help you select your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research.

How to apply

International applicants

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) English language requirements - As well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other English language qualifications. This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in English language/literature or a related arts or humanities subject

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

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Applied Linguistics MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS