Taught course

Applied Linguistics MA by distance learning

University of Birmingham · Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree; evidence of interest in Applied Linguistics; three references, including an academic reference.

Months of entry

October, July, April, February

Course content

The MA in Applied Linguistics is intended for anyone interested in the application of language research to language pedagogy, and for teachers of English who wish to upgrade their professional standing. We provide a set of interactive course materials for working professionals to complete in part-time, self-study mode over a period of at least 30 months.

The programme includes six taught modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will take four core modules:

  • Sociolinguistics and Lexis
  • Written Discourse and Classroom and Spoken Discourse
  • Understanding Text (Functional Grammar)
  • Corpus Linguistics

For your fifth module, you will follow either one of two pairs of modules: one oriented towards the study of language teaching and learning, the other towards the study of translation theory and practice.

For your final module you can choose from a range of modules

Fees and funding

UK students
£1,040 per module - £3,120 for dissertation
International students
£1,040 per module - £3,120 for dissertation

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
30 months


distance learning
18 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
0121 414 5695