Taught course

Communication and Applied Linguistics

University of Portsmouth · School of Languages and Applied Linguistics

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

If you want to be an excellent communicator, or enhance your communication skills to further your career, then our Communication and Applied Linguistics MA is for you. You can study this course either full or part time, whether on campus or through distance learning.

Confident communicators are always in demand in the business world, and this course has a practical emphasis, combining theory with the practice of communication, and focusing on English as the medium of communication.

When you graduate, you'll understand the nature and function of communication in the modern world, and will be able to produce text, whether written, spoken, printed or broadcast. You'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in various areas of communication, in fields such as business, commerce or the media.

You can start this course in September (full time, part time or distance learning) or January (distance learning only).

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Study communication in the modern world and produce, written, spoken, printed and broadcast text for different purposes, for example workplace, intercultural and digital communications
  • Understand and use modern communication tools, including social media
  • Produce a dissertation/major project

Work experience and career planning

We can help you identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your communication skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

The skills you'll develop on this course will further your career in a variety of areas of communication, including:

  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Human resources
  • Higher education

We aim to provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,500 Part time: £3,250 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £13,200 Part time: £6,600 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566