Taught course

Applied Linguistics

University of Bedfordshire · Division of Performing Arts and English

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

Applicants with a recognised TEFL/TESOL certificate and/or relevant teaching experience will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Applied Linguistics offers an advanced level professional qualification for practising and aspiring teachers of English, but also for second language (L2) materials developers, assessment and examination/test paper writers and researchers in Applied Linguistics.

This course is designed for those who wish to start or further their career in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, but do not wish to take observed and assessed teaching practice. It is also for non-native speakers of English whose language level is equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall.

Key features:

  • Study areas such as the relationship between linguistics and second language learning, the methodology and techniques of language teaching and the appropriateness and development of materials for language teaching and learning purposes.
  • Examine various current issues in English language Teaching (ELT) and carry out a major piece of individual research on a topic of your interest.
  • Develop your understanding of the language systems of English: Phonology, Grammar, Lexis and Morphology.
  • Gain relevant and practical classroom experience as well as professional practical experience with a work placement programme.
  • Benefit from links with our prolific and highly successful Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), a world-leading research centre in language testing and programme evaluation.

Areas of study include:

  • Assessment And Accreditation
  • Dissertation In Applied Linguistics And Elt
  • Exploring Research: Concepts And Methods
  • Issues In Second Language Acquisitions
  • Materials Development For Language Teaching And Learning
  • Professional Practices
  • The Language System And Language Teaching
  • The Methodology Of Language Teaching

Career opportunities:

This MA in Applied Linguistics caters for those who are relatively new to English Language Teaching (ELT) or who want to develop their experience and research in a number of areas related to Applied Linguistics. It is specifically designed for those who are planning to become English Language teachers, those who wish to develop their knowledge and experience in Materials Development for language teaching and learning, and those who are looking to develop a critical insight into language assessment and testing.

This programme offers, therefore, distinct career advantages through professional career developments particularly emphasising its Continuing Professional Development (CPD), for example with the professional practice experience and with the development of materials made available as part of the Language Centre self-access resources and are piloted with students using such resources.

Information for international students

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire applicants should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

Applicants also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0300 3300 073