Our Applied Linguistics programmes offer knowledge and expertise to take you into a role in any profession requiring specialised language awareness, including language teaching.
The programme incorporates three broad areas of study: research methodology; language description and comparison; and specialised topics in language and social life, foreign language teaching and multimodality.
Our Centre for Language and Communication Research has an international reputation as a field leader in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, multimodal communication, systemic functional linguistics, forensic linguistics, and formulaic language.
Students can complete a Postgraduate Diploma or an MSc in Applied Linguistics. The course can be taken on a full-time basis or part-time basis. You will complete the programme in 1 year for full-time study and in 2 years for part-time study.
There are three compulsory modules in the Applied Linguistics programmes. You will also select three further modules from a pool of optional modules.
• PGDip core modules:
Language Description Foundation Module: Core Skills, Principles, and Issues Involved in Language and Communication Research Phonology
• PGDip optional modules:
Forensic Linguistics I Discourse and Social Interaction Current Issues in Sociolinguistics Qualitative Research Methods Quantitative Research Methods Text and Social Context Second Language Development and Pedagogy
• MSc core modules:
Same as PGDip core modules with the addition of a dissertation.
• MSc optional modules:
Same as PGDip.
The teaching for each module combines discussion of theoretical issues with training in analytical methods often based on texts of your own choosing.
Learning activities will vary from module to module as appropriate, but will usually include interactive discussions of prepared texts/topics and, in some cases, student-led presentations.
You are expected to do the reading and other relevant preparation to enable them to take a full part in these activities and are encouraged to explore the resources of the library as appropriate.
Modules are assessed on the basis of analytical descriptions of texts or other media and/or discursive essays. You will often be encouraged to choose your own texts for analysis, or even to collect original data, and to relate your analyses to areas of personal interest.
Emphasis in assessment is placed on critical and conceptual sophistication as well as on the production of clear, persuasive and scholarly essays presented in a professional manner and submitted on time.
You are encouraged to consult the relevant module leader to discuss the main ideas and the plan for your assignments. Details of any academic or competence standards which may limit the availability of adjustments or alternative assessments for disabled students, if any, are noted in the Module Descriptions.
Postgraduate study in the School is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return to lectureships with much-enhanced career prospects while many UK students use the qualification to travel to new countries, often as teachers of English, or to begin academic careers of their own.
Outside education and academia, the principle avenues of employment for graduates are speech therapy, the creative and media sector, administration and publishing.