MA/PgDip in Applied Linguistics

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

Offers knowledge and expertise to take you onto a role in any profession requiring specialised language awareness, including language teaching.

Special Features

The Centre for Language and Communication Research has an international reputation as a field leader in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, multimodal communication, systemic functional linguistics, forensic linguistics, and formulaic language.

Course Description

The MA/Diploma in Applied Linguistics is a full-time programme with modules taught over two semesters (leading to the PG Diploma or Stage 1 of the MA), followed by a supervised dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words between May and September (for Stage 2 of the MA). Assessment of the taught component is by coursework only. The part-time modular programme involves following the same modules over two years and four months.

Course Structure

The modular programme incorporates three broad areas of study: research methodology; language description and comparison; and specialised topics in language and social life, foreign language teaching and multimodality. Students may select from the range of options, as specified below, after consultation with tutors. In certain cases, students may be asked to take a particular module, in the light of their previous academic background and experience and in view of their future careers.

There are three compulsory modules in the MA/Diploma programmes (Research Foundations, Language Description and Phonology) and students select three further modules from a pool which currently includes those listed below:

  • Discourse and Social Interaction
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Current Issues in Sociolinguistics
  • Lexis
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Multimodality
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Second Language and Pedagogy
  • Language, Genre and Ideology
  • Text and Social Context

Skills Acquired

Analytical and critical skills, language skills, writing and presentation skills

Career Prospects

Postgraduate study in the School is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return to lectureships with much-enhanced career prospects. Example employers in the UK include Cardiff University, HMRC, Mencap, Poetry Wales Magazine, Teach First, and Welsh Government, with jobs that include Crime Intelligence Analyst, Creative Writing Lecturer, Librarian, Poet, Recruitment Consultant, Teacher, and Writer.

Entry Requirements

First or upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent.

Suitable for graduates in language-related disciplines, or with relevant language-related experience, including language teaching.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University. Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full-Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).£5,850.00
  • UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below). £2,925.00
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below). £14,000.00
  • International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below). £7,000.00

Next intake

September each year

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
1 - 3 years
5,850 GBP
UK & EU Full Time Fees, UK & EU Part Time Fees:£2,925.00, International Full Time Fees: £14,000.00, International Part Time Fees: £7,000.00
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