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Applied English Programme by Web-Based Distance Learning MA


Online University of Nottingham School of English

Part time See Course MA Part-time: 24 to 48 months

About the course

This course lets you develop your specialism, or study what you love, without the constraints of a set curriculum. You can choose from a large number of ‘pods’ of study, created by subject experts, to build your own programme.

You can choose pods from across our different MA courses (listed below) or you can create a path that’s unique to you. In this case, you can graduate with an MA in Applied English. 

Alternatively, if you specialise in your pod choices, you can graduate with one of the following MA degrees:

  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching
  • MA English Literature
  • MA Literary Linguistics
  • MA Medieval Englishes
  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • MA Name-Studies
  • MA Professional Communication
  • MA World Literatures

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Entry Requirements

Typically 2:1 or above, but we will consider 2:2 (or international equivalent), in any Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences subject. If you have other qualifications or professional experience, please contact us. We consider individual cases, including non-standard qualifications.


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Where is University of Nottingham


Student Profile(s)

Tony Fisher

75.jpg Like many people, commencing study on an MA in Linguistics was for me part and parcel of a career change. I had worked in TV news for over ten years and decided that I wanted a complete change. I had a long standing interest in language, and so teaching English overseas seemed the obvious escape route. However, while teaching at a private language school may offer the opportunity to change course, it doesn’t generally offer much in the way of long terms career prospects. If you are looking for a meaningful career, you need more than just a CELTA qualification.

I am now approaching completion of the MA and have recently started teaching English at a Japanese university, but my choice of modules on the MA has not been directly related to teaching. I think that this is one of the strengths of the Nottingham English programme, in that you don’t have to decide before you begin what kind of degree you want to end up with. Nottingham offers an impressive array of modules, from medieval literature to cutting edge research technologies such as corpus analysis, and this gives you a great deal of freedom and means you can either specialize or chose modules from a variety of subject areas – you can pretty much make your degree whatever you want it to be.

Studying by distance presents its own particular challenges, the greatest of which for me is the inability to discuss ideas and concerns with fellow students, although the recent emergence of an online community of distance learners may go some way towards alleviating this. But while distance learning comes with its own difficulties, it also brings its own rewards in that it forces you to develop independent research skills – skills that will be invaluable to anyone wishing to go on to study for a PhD. But perhaps more importantly in my own case, distance learning offered an opportunity to undertake post-graduate study that simply would not have been available to me otherwise.


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