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If you want to be an excellent communicator, or enhance your communication skills to further your career, then our Communication and Applied Linguistics MA is for you.

Confident communicators are always in demand in the business world, and this course has a practical emphasis, combining theory with the practice of communication, and focusing on English as the medium of communication.

When you graduate, you'll understand the nature and function of communication in the modern world, and will be able to produce text, whether written, spoken, printed or broadcast. You'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in various areas of communication, in fields such as business, commerce or the media.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Study communication in the modern world and produce, written, spoken, printed and broadcast text for different purposes, for example workplace, intercultural and digital communications
  • Understand and use modern communication tools, including social media
  • Produce a dissertation/major project

Work experience and career planning

We can help you identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your communication skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • independent research

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • projects
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • dissertation

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

The skills you'll develop on this course will further your career in a variety of areas of communication, including:

  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Human resources
  • Higher education

We aim to provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Visit the Communication and Applied Linguistics MA page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!






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