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Course summary

This course lets you develop your specialism, or study what you love, without the constraints of a set curriculum. On this programme, 'pods' are taken in place of modules. You can choose from a large number of pods of study, created by subject experts, to build your own programme. You can choose pods from across our different MA courses (listed below) or you can create a path that’s unique to you. In this case, you can graduate with an MA in Applied English. Alternatively, if you specialise in your pod choices, you can graduate with one of the following MA degrees:

  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching
  • MA English Literature
  • MA Literary Linguistics
  • MA Medieval Englishes
  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • MA Name-Studies
  • MA Professional Communication
  • MA World Literatures
You don't need to decide right at the beginning where you will end up: your final degree depends on studying at least two-thirds of your course in a specialised area. Most students complete this course in 3 years. Under some circumstances, you may be able to change your course duration. You will need to discuss this with your course director. Please note, if you are in receipt of a Student Finance England loan, a mid-course change may affect your payments.


You will begin your course with a free Orientation pod and will meet your Personal Advisor. This will allow you to create your own study plan and select your first pods. You can work on one pod at a time, or two, or three, or all six at once, if you prefer. After six pods of study, you submit a portfolio of work that covers all six of these areas. Then you move on to the second phase and take six more pods, and then a final phase of another six pods to complete the masters.

Assessment method

You will be assessed by your choice of assessment types, which may include: Lesson plans, Syllabus design, Conference papers, Blog posts, Experiment design, Exhibition curation, Essays, Video/audio presentations, Journalism, Website design, Creative writing, Performance production.

How to apply

International applicants

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each 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

Typically 2:1 or above, but we will consider 2:2 (or international equivalent), in any Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences subject. If you have other qualifications or professional experience, please contact us. We consider individual cases, including non-standard qualifications.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For fee details see You'll be able to access most of the texts you’ll need through our online library, though you may wish to buy your own copies. On some pods, you may be advised to purchase texts - if this is the case, we will make students aware. Students who choose to attend our annual Summer School event are required to pay for their own transport and accommodation costs.
Applied English Programme (distance learning) MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS