With a strong emphasis on developing skills and knowledge that can be applied in professional settings, this intensive programme draws on knowledge about language, how it works and how it affects real-life issues.
We were the first in the UK to offer a programme in applied linguistics, so you will benefit from a long-established tradition of teaching in this area, much of which is delivered by world-leading experts.
The programme offers a linguistic perspective on real-world problems of language in use, with relevance to a wide range of professional interests. You will explore how language is used in a variety of social settings, compare language variability with social diversity and examine how knowledge about language as it is actually used can impact on people’s lives.
Note that, unlike other programmes in Applied Linguistics, one topic that we do not concentrate on is teaching pedagogy. If you are more interested in the teaching side of Applied Linguistics, please see:
This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation. Four compulsory core courses provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Applied Linguistics, while the optional courses offer you the opportunity to explore your areas of interest.
Sociolinguistic Research Design
Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Issues in Applied Linguistics
Introduction to Language Research
Optional courses may include:
Special Topics in Sociolinguistics
Language and Identity in Bilingual Settings
Second Language Acquisition
Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics
Introduction to Syntax
Language Variation and Change MSc
The programme aims to:
develop your relevant critical and analytical skills
prepare you for employment in the various spheres of social life where linguistics knowledge and skills play a significant part
help you develop interest in working at the interface between linguistics and other disciplines
prepare you for further study (PhD) in Applied Linguistic
At the end of the programme, you will be able to discuss issues of language description and use the knowledge you have acquired to address real-life problems, such as the teaching of languages and the use of language in specific institutional contexts.
This programme has been designed to help progress your career as a linguist in academia or as a language expert in a variety of industries such as artificial intelligence.
Scholarships and funding
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