Taught course

Applied Linguistics

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

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Entry requirements

You will normally have at least a lower second-class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in TESOL, Linguistics, English Language, English, Education or a related/compatible subject or combination of subjects. Candidates with a lower classification of degree or degrees from unrelated disciplines are, however, encouraged to apply and will be considered on their merits, as will people with non-traditional qualifications.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Applied Linguistics is a versatile and interdisciplinary programme, which aims to provide you with a solid understanding of the basis of language and linguistics. Delivered by a team of tutors with internationally recognised academic expertise in a range of specialist areas, you will have the option to tailor your studies whilst maintaining a broader connection to the discipline of linguistics.

You will have the opportunity to build your own bespoke masters degree to reflect your interests in the further study of applied linguistics and create a truly individualised experience. Choose from a range of units that create a bridge between the theory and the practice of language and linguistics, from the practical application of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to research focussed modules that explore the complex understanding of language in use. Dedicated routes allow you to specialise in either TESOL or English Language. You may also take a range of units without choosing to specialise.

The MA Applied Linguistics (TESOL) specialism focuses on professional teaching practice in the English language classroom. Interactive sessions are delivered by industry experts and key researchers, and include lectures and student-centred learning methodologies such as discussions, debates and role-play to stimulate learning and demonstrate modern TESOL practice. With option units dedicated to academic management, assessment, and various approaches to teaching practice, the TESOL specialism will give you a competitive edge in the global jobs market and provides career development for new and experienced teachers alike.

The MA Applied Linguistics (English Language) specialism emphasises the application of theories in a social context, aiming to enhance your analytical skills and your insight into the relationship between language, culture and society. You’ll explore different approaches to linguistic study, including how we use language in connection with identity and power. The staff teaching on units for this pathway are actively involved in current research, and they bring this experience to the classroom by using it to inform their teaching, thus ensuring discipline-relevant content is delivered by published experts.

You can also opt to take the MA Applied Linguistics without a dedicated specialism, choosing a selection of units to suit your interests. A general route allows you to develop a broad and wide-ranging expertise in the discipline of Applied Linguistics, which will give you the tools to engage in truly intercultural communication and open up a global marketplace of opportunity.

Features and benefits

  • Research informed teaching - Students will be taught by staff who are active researchers, many of whom are part of The Manchester Centre for Research in Linguistics, which carries out a range of research. Our expertise spans forensic linguistics and second language acquisition to sociolinguistic projects, such as Manchester Voices.
  • Employability focussed - Many of the assessment tasks are designed to enhance student’s employability. For example, the MA Applied Linguistics (TESOL) has a strong focus on the practical realities of classroom teaching and learning, and students may be asked to evaluate materials, design tests or design a course for a group of learners of their choice. In the Professional Practice Portfolio unit, students with existing TEFL-i status can work to attain TEFL-q status upon the completion of their MA. Across the other pathways students will gain valuable transferable employability skills including communication, with the ability to construct, justify and manage an argument; team working; and the ability to solve problems.
  • Gain language teaching experience at a UK university - As the University has a Language Centre where international students are learning English students will have the option to practice their skills in real life contexts. They would help these students with their pronunciation, fluency development and natural expression.
  • Part of a professional community - Students will be able to build their professional network through a diverse community of linguists, including both staff who teach on the degree and students from across the globe who are enrolled on the degree. As well as being able to take advantage of the research expertise of staff, students will interact with other students who have a diverse range of interests, from the practical application of teaching English to speakers of other languages to those who want to understand the theory behind language use. Students can also build on their network of professional contacts through our close links to NATESOL (Northern Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), a professional development charity organisation.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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