Taught course

Applied Linguistics

University of Reading · Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Those with other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience will also be considered for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

Study a subject with global relevance at a Department known as a centre of excellence in TESOL and Applied Linguistics worldwide. With 1,300 graduates in more than 40 countries pursuing careers in education, governmental and industryrelated fields at all levels, the University’s long-established MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is dedicated to building expertise in the field.

Our postgraduate programmes promote intellectual rigour, imaginative insight and critical awareness, and develop professionals who are thoughtful practitioners. They are flexibly delivered to suit individual needs, and all modules are carefully designed to connect theory to practice. Specialist tracks are available for those with and without teaching experience. You can choose either dissertation or portfolio tracks, and pick from an exceptionally wide range of core and optional modules.

Both independence and interactional competence are promoted through our mix of lectures, small-class seminars and blended online support. Our Department supplements University pastoral care with individual personal tutor support and academic study skills training. Located on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, our specialist facilities include outstanding library collections in TESOL/Applied Linguistics, a self-access language learning centre, and access to corpus facilities.

• Intensive training for those interested in doctoral studies in Applied Linguistics

• Represents year one of a four-year programme potentially leading to a PhD

• Extensive research training in the social sciences and Applied Linguistics

• Gain transferable skills relevant to language research and project management

• Guidance on the planning of a PhD topic (if relevant)

Graduates from our postgraduate programmes enter a range of careers worldwide, including teacher training; university research, teaching and leadership; testing and assessment; directing, managing or teaching roles within language teaching institutions.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.5 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Amanda Horn
+44 (0) 118 378 8512