Entry requirements

Please note that candidates will be interviewed by a member of the teaching team prior to being accepted onto the course.

For more information about the course, please contact postgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

An MA in Applied Linguistics is the best way to develop a deeper understanding of the many ways in which languages work and the many different fields to which the practical study of languages can be applied. Although the programme focuses on the English language, its theoretical and practical insights can be equally applied to other languages.

Why study Applied Linguistics?

Participating in this programme gives you the opportunity to strengthen your theoretical knowledge of all the formal aspects of the English language, while at the same time exploring how pervasive and powerful language use is in our societies. As part of your degree, you will see how language is used and researched in a variety of professional contexts; media, advertising, education, translation, healthcare and the law being some examples. The practical component of the degree will give you opportunities to put into practice what you have learnt in one or more of these professional areas.

The main strength of this programme lies in the diversity of professional contexts that are analysed, which will help you decide in which direction you want to take your career.

You will:

  • develop a sophisticated and systematic breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of linguistics in terms of language system and language use and its applications in applied linguistics;
  • gain a systematic and critical understanding of relevant applied linguistics knowledge and theory in terms of language acquisition, communication and the social-cultural dimensions of language, as well as their applications in applied linguistics;
  • apply a range of relevant knowledge and theory in applied linguistics to a workplace setting in terms of professional practice;
  • evaluate, apply and critique a range of appropriate and ethically-considered methodologies for applied linguistics research, evaluation and evidence-based practice, demonstrating ability to argue for alternative and creative approaches;
  • carry out a sustained piece of ethical empirical research which successfully applies linguistics knowledge and theory, data collection and analysis, which in so doing develops you as a researcher;
  • become autonomous, independent and innovative in scholarship, demonstrating ability to deploy a range of learning resources for research and self-critical writing, take responsibility for personal professional development and engage in academic and professional communication with others.

Who is this course for

The course is for everyone who loves languages and has an interest in how languages shape societies and professional practices.

It is particularly useful for those who wish to explore different professional contexts to make a better-informed decision regarding their future career. Moreover, it is invaluable for those who have got a career in mind or are already in a profession and wish to further their theoretical and practical knowledge of language and its application in their specific line of work. Finally, the programme is a stepping stone for anyone who wants to pursue an academic career, as the work done on this programme often serves as a springboard for future research projects.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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