MA Applied Linguistics

Applied linguistics identifies, investigates, and offers solutions to language-related real-life problems, such as improving how languages are taught or how multicultural workplaces can improve communication between staff.

This one-year full-time (or part-time) course has a particular focus on research methodology, exploring how language shapes human interaction.

By studying this course you will:

  • understand how to employ a range of research approaches to language, from discourse analysis to corpus linguistics
  • have the opportunity to investigate language and communication from an interdisciplinary angle
  • develop a thorough grounding in language research and its practical applications
  • use your knowledge of how languages are formed to solve real-life problems.

The course is excellent preparation for students who wish to continue their studies at PhD level.

Course structure

Autumn semester

Students take two compulsory modules:

Autumn semester modules

Code Title Credits

  • ES4204 Approaches to Language and Linguistics 15
  • ES4142 Grammar and Discourse 15

Students choose two optional modules from the following, one of which must be ES4180 or ES4198:

Optional modules

Code Title Credits

  • ES4180 Text, Talk, and Corpus Analysis 15
  • ES4198 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 15
  • ES4140 The Globalisation of English 15
  • ES4200 Sociolinguistics of Work 15

Spring semester

Students must choose four optional modules from the following:

Spring semester modules

Code Title Credits

  • ES4203 Business and Organisational Communication 15
  • ES4141 World Englishes: East and South-East Asia 15
  • ES4153 Teaching Language and Literature 15
  • ES4169 Syllabus Design and Methodology 1 15
  • ES4179 Language Testing and Assessment 15
  • ES4199 Intercultural Communication 15


Summer modules

Code Title Credits

  • ES4999 Dissertation 60

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change.


By studying applied linguistics you will develop skills that are highly valued by employers, such as critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. The types of careers you might expect to pursue include:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Business analyst
  • Communications
  • Language teaching
  • Project management
  • Publishing
  • Research and academia
  • Writing

Admissions requirements

  • A good honours degree (usually a 2:1) in a relevant subject

If you are not a native English speaker or have not completed a degree taught in English, then the following English Language requirement will apply:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or PTE Academic 62(minimum 55)
  • IELTS: 6.0-6.5: pre-sessional course in CELE
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90,000 CNY
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