Applied Linguistics (Distance Learning) - PgCert

Online University of Birmingham    School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Part time October, December PGDip 18 months
Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Linguistics & Classics (23) Psychology (31) Sociology (33)

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Immerse yourself in the world of language with the PgCert in Applied Linguistics (Distance Learning) at the University of Birmingham. This part-time programme is tailored for English teachers seeking to elevate their expertise and individuals intrigued by the fusion of language research and teaching. Over 18 months, you will delve into interactive course materials at your own pace, paving the way for progression to the MA Applied Linguistics by Distance Learning. With multiple start dates, the flexibility to study from anywhere globally, and the opportunity to attend enriching summer schools, this programme offers a dynamic learning experience. Benefit from exceptional resources like the Centre for Corpus Research and personalised guidance from dedicated tutors. Enhance your employability with refined communication skills and critical thinking, opening doors to diverse career paths in teaching, training, and academia. Join us to unlock a world of linguistic possibilities.

About the course

This programme is for teachers of English wishing to upgrade their professional knowledge, and those who are interested in the application of language research to language teaching.

Delivered part-time and by distance learning, the programme allows you to study alongside other commitments. You will be provided with a set of interactive course materials to complete in part-time, self-study mode over a period of 18 months.

Once you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate, you will be eligible to proceed to the MA Applied Linguistics by Distance Learning.


The University of Birmingham is ranked equal 10th in the UK amongst Russell Group universities in the Research Excellence Framework exercise 2021 according to the Times Higher Education

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Entry Requirements

Our Standard Requirements
We usually ask for a good Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, or equivalent professional experience. Please provide details of any current and/or previous employment in your application; it is always helpful to include a current CV but please complete the relevant sections of the online application form as well.

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Student Profile

Yue Zhu

What has been the highlight of your course?

“Firstly, I really appreciated that I have had a personal tutor during the whole semester and we meet in very small group every week and have discussions with my group members. Even all of the questions were answered by my tutor and we felt relaxed to join in with the small group discussions. I also have a supervisor who was very responsible and patient when I prepare my dissertation. Each supervision was helpful and was arranged every one or two weeks. The one-to-one supervision was efficiently conducted and was very useful in my writing.
“Secondly, I could choose the modules that I was really interested in after semester two, which means that after learning the basic courses in semester one, I have the opportunities to choose the modules that I want to participate in. I think this was really flexible and helpful.

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“I really like the life when I study in UOB. I always went to the sports and fitness centre with my friends. This sports centre was the biggest and brilliant sports centre that I’d ever visited and I really enjoy doing sports there, especially swimming. Besides, the day-trip which was arranged by my university in the pre-sessional course was very interesting and it provided me more opportunities to make friends. Moreover, the campus itself is very beautiful and it provided me with more opportunities to meet people from different majors. In addition, the 24 hours opened library is really brilliant and I can borrow lots of books when I write my essays and prepare for the dissertations. Last but not least, I get a lot of help from my university, not only in my study, but also in my life, such as my visa issues and my living issues.”

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