MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching
- MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics and ELT
- Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and ELT
The prestigious Applied Linguistics and ELT programme at St Mary’s has been running for twenty-five years, and has enhanced the careers of hundreds of language professionals who are now to be found in high-level teaching, management and research posts in schools and universities on five continents.
The programme is designed primarily for teachers of EFL, ESL, and of other modern languages who are interested in extending their knowledge of language and language teaching. It provides participants with the opportunity to explore developments in applied linguistics and language teaching in the light of their own practical expertise and knowledge.
The emphasis throughout is on the sharing of knowledge and experience, and the way that theory and practice can illuminate each other. The programme can be followed in two ways, and at two different locations:
- At St Mary’s University in West London, full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). The next start-date for this mode of study is September.
- In Maastricht, Netherlands part-time over two years, by way of six intensive study weekends in Maastricht, and one in London, together with web-based tutorial support. The next start-date for this mode of study is February 2012.
- In Berlin, Germany part-time over two years, by way of six intensive study weekends in Berlin, and one in London, together with web-based tutorial support. The next start-date for this mode of study is February 2012.
Completing the MA Programme
To be awarded the MA, you will be required to complete six taught modules – most of which are assessed by an essay of about 4,000 words - plus a 15,000-word dissertation. See the Programme Content page for details of these modules.
SeminarYou will usually be taught in seminar groups of not more than 15 students. These classes facilitate lively discussion, and the forging of close and supportive academic relationships between students.
Full-time students will usually be asked to attend three 2-hour seminars per week; currently these are timetabled at 11am-1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The department also encourages an open and friendly relationship relationship between students and staff. Students should feel free to discuss any academic issues with tutors, who are always happy to meet with students.
Full-time or part-time?
We encourage both modes of study, particularly where part-time study fits in with work commitments. Full-time students typically study 3 modules in each of the two semesters, then complete their dissertations over the summer. Part-time students typically take 3 modules each year, and complete their dissertations over the summer.
The following awards are possible from the programme:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and ELT can be awarded to students passing three taught modules (60 credits)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics and ELT can be awarded to students passing six taught modules (120 credits)
- The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and ELT can be awarded to students passing six taught modules plus the dissertation (180 credits).
If you are unsure of being able to complete the full MA, you can apply in the first instance for the PG Certificate of PG Diploma Programmes, both of which end with a prestigious award and can be ‘upgraded’ to the full MA on successful completion of all relevant components.
What qualifications do I need?
You should have a first degree with at least second-class honours, plus three years of professional experience in education. We are able to consider applications from people without a degree if they have appropriate professional qualifications and experience.
We will also consider applications from graduates without the full three years' professional experience if their first degree is in a subject related to applied linguistics.
What if English is not my first language?
Wherever possible, we like to interview students whose first language is not English. This gives us a good idea of your oral skills. We also ask your referees to give their opinion of your ability to study at this level.
In many cases we ask applicants to attain a certain standard in an English language test (for example, a score of 6.5 or above for the IELTS). We take into account whether you have studied through the medium of English before, either at school or university.
At the beginning of the course we do a diagnostic essay for our own assessment of your writing (of the native speakers, too), and we can offer help to those we think need to know more about the conventions of academic style. However, for your own sake, you should not undertake this programme if you feel you are not able to read and write academic English confidently.
You might find it helpful to attend a pre-sessional course before embarking on the MA programme.
Last updated May 31, 2016