Undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in English or a related subject
Months of entry
This course delivers advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition.
We also have expertise in related disciplines including sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics, and in the field of TESOL we offer particular expertise in Academic Writing, ESP, Materials Design and Testing.
Our course includes options to take part in work placements and gain additional professional qualifications.
Our graduates go on to advanced careers in TESOL all over the world. They also work in business, publishing, translation and interpreting.
- Introduction to Language and Linguistics
- English Grammar and Discourse
- Language Teaching Methodology
- Second Language Acquisition
- Research Methods
- Dissertation (MA only)
Examples of optional modules
- Corpus Linguistics
- Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
- Discourse and Genre Analysis
- English for Specific Purposes
- Intercultural Communication
- Researching Writing in TESOL
- Teaching Practice
- Theory and Practice of Language Teaching
- World Englishes
Teaching and assessment
You’ll be taught by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teachers. Our internationally recognised research feeds straight into our teaching, with students sometimes taking a hands-on role in our research activities. The staff are leading figures in their fields, in many cases having written the books and papers you will be studying: Kook-hee Gil (Second Language Acquisition), Nigel Harwood (TESOL Materials), Gabriel Ozon (English Grammar), Jane Mulderrig (Critical Discourse Analysis), Valerie Hobbs (English for Specific Purposes) and Oksana Afitska (Language Teaching Materials).
You’ll spend about eight hours a week in lectures, seminars and workshops. And there are chances to take part in classroom-based research projects in the UK and overseas.
Assessment depends on the module, but includes essay assignments and classroom coursework tasks. You’ll write your dissertation (MA only) over the summer. If you don’t complete the dissertation you’ll be awarded a diploma.
Information for international students
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Jackie Elkington
- +44 (0)114 222 0220