Taught course

English Language and Applied Linguistics

University of Birmingham · Department of English Literature and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

2.1 or higher in a related subject

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is ideal for language professionals, or for those intending to become language professionals. It will equip you with a detailed understanding of how English works, how it may be analysed, and how languages are learned. You will also have an opportunity to develop expertise in specific areas of linguistics, such as corpus linguistics, literary linguistics and cognitive linguistics.

Your two core modules are as follows:

Describing Language

This module includes the study of lexis and of Systemic-Functional grammar. This gives you the tools to describe and analyse language in a range of settings.

Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

This module includes a course in methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics. In addition, you will select one option from the range on offer and apply what you have learned to a small research project.

In the autumn term, you will choose two optional modules from the following:

  • Discourse, Culture and Communication
  • Introduction to Corpus Linguistics
  • Language and Literature
  • Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
  • Social and Multimodal Aspects of Communication
  • Syllabus and Materials Design

In the spring term, you will choose two further optional modules from the following:

  • Advanced Topics in Literary Linguistics
  • Business English
  • Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • English as an International Language
  • English for Specific/Academic Purposes
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language Testing
  • Media Literacy
  • Language and New Media
  • Language and Politics
  • Language Teaching Observation and Practice
  • Teacher Training
  • Teaching Young Learners
While this programme provides ideal preparation for a career as a language professional, you will also be encouraged and supported to develop a broad range of transferable skills which can be used in a range of careers. Over the last five years, over 95 per cent of our English postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005