MA Applied Linguistics


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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: Applied Linguistics MA
  • Types of study: Full-time / Part-time
  • Duration: 12 months full-time; 24-48 months part-time
  • Start date: September 2020


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Course overview

The programme is available to full time (over 1 year) or part-time (over 2-4 years)

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.

Special features

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

Year 1


Students must take all modules in this group

  • ENGL4175 Dissertation
  • ENGL4196 research methods
  • ENGL4198 topics in applied linguistics

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take 20 credits from this group

  • ENGL4195 discourse analysis
  • ENGL4195 corpus linguistics
  • ENGL4286 Specialised Translation

Optional (Group 2)

Students must take 60 credits from this group

  • ENGL4197 Intercultural Communication
  • ENGL4193 Syllabus Design and Methodology
  • ENGL4192 Teaching Language and Literature
  • ENGL4282 Language Testing and Assessment
  • ENGL4283 Business & Organisational Communication
  • INCM4018 Advanced Translation

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. 

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


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Careers and further study

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

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically over 40% of our postgraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

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

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: a pre-sessional course in CELE 
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About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less