Taught course

Applied Linguistics and TESOL

University of Sussex · Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should be in linguistics, English language, modern languages, or a subject which has included a significant linguistic component (e.g. a linguistics pathway or minor). Alternatively, you should have a degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and substantial work experience (two years’ full-time or equivalent) in a language-related profession (for example language teacher, language support assistant or translator). You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

At Sussex, we view Applied Linguistics as the practical application of linguistic knowledge. This includes topics from language acquisition to forensic linguistics and intercultural communication.

English is a world language, used for global communication ranging from education to advertising and public relations. Exploring the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), you’ll gain knowledge about the social functions and contexts of language use, and how research is applied to practice.

You’ll be taught by experts in Linguistics and language teaching. You’ll find out how languages are structured, used and learned, and gain cultural awareness skills.

This course is for you if you’re:

  • a graduate in Linguistics, English Language, or Modern Foreign Languages and want to build on your undergraduate degree
  • a graduate from any discipline or an English Language Teaching (ELT) professional and plan to advance your career with a Masters-level qualification.
TEFL qualification

If you have appropriate previous teaching qualifications and experience, and successfully complete the Advanced Practical Teaching option, you’ll be deemed TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualified, as defined by the British Council Accreditation Scheme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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