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About the course. Applied linguistics identifies, investigates, and offers solutions to language-related real-life problems, such as improving how languages are taught or how multicultural workplaces can improve communication between staff. Read more

About the course

Applied linguistics identifies, investigates, and offers solutions to language-related real-life problems, such as improving how languages are taught or how multicultural workplaces can improve communication between staff.

This one-year full-time (or part-time) course has a particular focus on research methodology, exploring how language shapes human interaction.

By studying this course you will:

  • understand how to employ a range of research approaches to language, from discourse analysis to corpus linguistics
  • have the opportunity to investigate language and communication from an interdisciplinary angle
  • develop a thorough grounding in language research and its practical applications
  • use your knowledge of how languages are formed to solve real-life problems.

The course is excellent preparation for students who wish to continue their studies at PhD level.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods
  • Approaches to Language and Linguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Dissertation

Restricted modules

Group 1

Students must take 40-60 credits from this group

  • Teaching Language and Literature
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Intercultural Communication

Group 2

Students can take 20 credits from this group if only 2 modules are chosen from Group 1 AND a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

  • The Language Learner and Language Learning
  • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology
  • Enhancing Language Learning with Digital Technologies
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP)

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change.

Careers

By studying applied linguistics you will develop skills that are highly valued by employers, such as critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation and problem solving skills. The types of careers you might expect to pursue include:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Business analyst
  • Communications
  • Language teaching
  • Project management
  • Publishing
  • Research and academia
  • Writing

Detailed module information can be accessed on Online Module Catalogue. Please search by module name or module code. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on Online Programme Specifications.



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About the course. This course is ideally suited for the professional development of English language teaching professionals. You must have at least two years of teaching experience to be eligible for this course. Read more

About the course

This course is ideally suited for the professional development of English language teaching professionals. You must have at least two years of teaching experience to be eligible for this course.

It has a special focus on teaching contexts and requires students to undertake teaching-related assignments, while also studying many modules from its sister degree MA Applied Linguistics.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods
  • Approaches to Language and Linguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Dissertation
  • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology

Restricted

Group 1                            

Students must take 20-40 credits from this group

  • Teaching Language and Literature
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Intercultural Communication

Group 2

Students can take 20 credits from this group if only one modules are chosen from Group 1 AND a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

  • The Language Learner and Language Learning
  • Enhancing Language Learning with Digital Technologies
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP)

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change.

Detailed module information can be accessed on Online Module Catalogue. Please search by module name or module code. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on Online Programme Specifications.

Careers

This course is ideally suited for the professional development of English language teaching professionals. Most of our students study this course in order to move their careers forward toward more senior teaching roles.



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About the course. It is a commonplace that communication is at the core of crucial aspects of human life, and that a lot of that communication is mediated. Read more

About the course

It is a commonplace that communication is at the core of crucial aspects of human life, and that a lot of that communication is mediated. In recent years, however, mediated communication has reached new levels of importance in social and cultural domains stretching from business to identity formation, and a lot of that communication is technically and financially underpinned by global networks of computation and communication. The academic fields of media, communication and cultural studies have responded by re-examining long-established frameworks for understanding communications and also by considering the need for new paradigms fitting new objects of study.

The MA in International Communications Studies - which is designed to meet the needs of graduates from both a communications and non-communications studies background - provides an opportunity not only to study communications against the background of recent theoretical and methodological developments, but also to gain an insight into the skills and knowledge required by the contemporary media and communication industries.

Aims

The aims of the MA International Communications Studies programme are to enable students to:

  • Enhance their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical bases of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Enhance their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, social, political and economic bases of communications internationally
  • Acquire a high level of proficiency in an East-Asian language or in one European language other than English
  • Develop their intellectual skills
  • Make use of some of the specialised forms of knowledge in the disciplines represented on the degree
  • Practice and develop a wide range of transferable skills that will prepare students for further study and for employment

Course Structure

The compulsory modules strike a balance between, on the one hand, grounding the student’s learning in the classic concepts, theories and methods of media, communication and cultural studies, and, on the other hand, exploring contemporary trends in online business models, international news flows, the use of Big Data etc.

Towards the end of the second semester, each student is assigned a dissertation supervisor based on project proposals.

Semester One

Compulsory modules provide the core skills and knowledge needed to analyse various forms of communication in their contemporary social and cultural settings as well as an opportunity to acquire either a modern European (French, Spanish, German) or East-Asian language (Japanese or Chinese). 

Semester Two

Students will continue to study their chosen language. Students will continue to develop their dissertation projects with the aid of their supervisors and in the compulsory module. Optional modules allow students to immerse themselves in topics suiting their interests and future career goals.

Case study

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Compulsory modules

  • Current Issues in International Communications
  • Media and Communication Research Methods 1
  • Media and Communication Theory
  • Media and Communications Research Methods 2
  • Dissertation in International Communications Studies

Group One (Students must take 20 credits from this group)  

A European language (Spanish, French or German) or East-Asian language (Chinese or Japanese) for International Students (students cannot elect to study their first language) and a European Language (Spanish, French or German) or Japanese for Chinese students. Students will be able to enter study at a level appropriate to their individual needs ranging from beginners through to intermediate and advanced.

Optional Modules Group Two (students must take 30 credits from this group)

  • Chinese Cinemas
  • Transmedia Narratives and Digital Literacy
  • Digital Games as Communication

Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on Online Programme Specifications



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About the course. The MA International Higher Education is available as a . one-year full-time.  or . two-year part-time. Read more

About the course

The MA International Higher Education is available as a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme, following successful delivery at our UK campus.

It is designed to meet the needs of those who are: 

  • planning a career in international higher education, in any capacity
  • teaching or researching in this field, or plan to do so in the future
  • working in higher education administration and want to advance their knowledge and understanding of internationalisation and its implications

In countries and institutions across the world, internationalisation has emerged as a central feature of contemporary Higher Education policy and practice. It takes a variety of forms but its impact and significance can be observed across all aspects and functions of university life – teaching, research, management and administration.

The MA International Higher Education is a unique and innovative programme that addresses this diversity of form and impact in a way that is informed by research and theory but is also firmly focussed on practice. It draws on the University of Nottingham’s experience at the forefront of innovation in this field, on its leading academic reputation, and on the expertise of its staff with extensive knowledge and experience in international and transnational higher education.

The programme is designed to:

  • enhance your professional competencies in academic, managerial and administrative roles
  • develop your critical and theoretical understanding of the key issues in international higher education
  • enable you to transform future practice for yourself, for individuals and for institutions
  • expand your career opportunities

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are that you will:

  • be aware and understand the major themes, issues and debates in international and transnational higher education
  • have explored the interface between policy, scholarly research and practice in relation to international and transnational higher education
  • understand the continuities and discontinuities between policy, practice and research 
  • be prepared to develop, challenge and question policies, strategies, practice and research 
  • be confident in constructing arguments about international and transnational higher education based on evidence and theory 
  • be able to formulate and investigate significant research questions about international and transnational higher education

This programme is professionally and intellectually valuable in its own right, but is also ideal preparation for a PhD in Higher Education.

Course content and structure

We begin by exploring the broad context of higher education in an era of globalisation and how this is driving diverse forms of internationalisation in higher education. We then look at strategies and managerial demands of different models of internationalisation, followed by a specific focus on the core activity of enhancing student experiences in an internationalising institution.

The programme concludes with an opportunity for in-depth investigation of internationalisation within a particular function in a higher education institution – chosen by the student. This will enhance personal capacity in strategic analysis for informed decision-making in future professional practice. The programme, therefore, moves from context to strategy and from strategy to practice, so that reflection on practice is situated and contextualised.

The programme comprises four 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

The modules currently offered are:

The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation of internationalisation within a particular function in a higher education institution. Development of the research skills students need to carry out this work are supported in various ways, building on their value for future professional practice.



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About the course

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deeper understanding and analytical excellence in two fields of increasing importance, international relations and international business, drawing from the combined strengths of UNNC’s School of International Studies and Nottingham University Business School (NUBS). A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas in international relations and international business. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which include world-leading international relations experts focusing on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories in both fields, will be trained in research methods, important historical and contemporary cases and hot-button issues, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and international business.

Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international business, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and international business, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, dimensions of world history, international organisations, European politics, regionalism, traditional and non-traditional security, environmental policy, area studies (including China, Russia, the US, Europe, the UK, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) and of course research methods, to name a few. Small seminars allow students to develop their analytical skills, and oral and written presentation techniques, as well as their capacity to research, compile and produce thematic reports, essays, and papers.

Case studies and occasional simulation games deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiations, diplomacy, world history and international relations. The dissertation will give students the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

Course structure

The MA in International Relations and International Business is offered as a one year programme (twelve full months). This degree programme can also be taken in a part time capacity over two years. Students must take 180 credits to graduate, comprised of 60 credits each semester (four modules each semester at 15 credits each), plus 60 credits for the dissertation (normally done over the summer for full time students). Students must pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.

Compulsory modules

  • Core Concepts in International Relations and World History
  • Research Methods I
  • International Business Environment
  • China in International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Dissertation

Students must also choose ONE module from this group:

  • Gender: Power and Agency 
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Democratisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Politics and History of the Middle East

and ONE module from this group:

  • Managing International Business in China
  • Project Management
  • International Business Strategy

Plus ONE module from this group:

  • Special World History Project
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
  • Essentials of International Marketing
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Launching New Ventures
  • E-Business

Our staff

The School of International Studies has academic staff from all across the world, who are world-leading experts in their fields. Students gain from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds which compliment the global nature of this programme.

Your degree certificate

All students who successfully complete their studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will be awarded a University of Nottingham, UK degree.

There are no differences between certificates awarded in the UK and those awarded in China.



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About the course. This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deep understanding and analytical excellence in a field of increasing importance, international studies. Read more

About the course

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deep understanding and analytical excellence in a field of increasing importance, international studies. A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which includes world-leading experts on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories, will be trained in research methods, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and world history.

Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international history, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and world history, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, international organisations, European politics, regionalism, traditional and non-traditional security, environmental policy, area studies (including China, Russia, the US, Europe, the UK, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) and of course research methods, to name a few. Small seminars allow students to develop their analytical skills, and oral and written presentation techniques, as well as their capacity to research, compile and produce thematic reports, essays, and papers.

Case studies and occasional simulation games deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiations, diplomacy, world history and international relations. The dissertation will give students the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

Course content

The MA in International Relations and World History is offered as a two year programme. A part time path is also an option. Students must take 240 credits to graduate, comprised of 60 credits each semester for three semesters (four modules each semester at 15 credits each), plus 60 credits for the dissertation (normally done the final semester of the second year). Students must pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Core Concepts in International Relations and World History
  • Government and Politics of China 
  • China in International Relations
  • Economic Development in Contemporary China

Students must also take TWO modules from this list below:

  • Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology and Society
  • Management for China
  • Chinese Business and Society

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods I
  • Dissertation

Students must also choose ONE module (15 credits) from this group, offered by the School of International Studies:

  • Internship*
  • China and the World

*Internship can start in the summer of Year 1 and be completed by the end of Autumn semester of Y2. Assessement will be in the Autumn semester of Y2. Long-term part-time internships may be agreed with the School in consultation with the convenor. This programme structure is in line with the requirements of the University of Nottingham Qualifications Framework. At http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/academicservices/qualitymanual/curriculum/unqf.aspx ).

Detailed module information can be found on the Online Module Catalogue. Please key in the relevant module title or module code.

Our staff

The School of International Studies has academic staff from all across the world, who are world-leading experts in their fields. Students gain from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds which compliment the global nature of this programme.

Your degree certificate

All students who successfully complete their studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will be awarded a University of Nottingham, UK degree.

There are no differences between certificates awarded in the UK and those awarded in China.



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OVERVIEW. With the rise of China as a global economic power there is an increasing demand among organisations and companies from around the world, working with and in China, for professionals with knowledge of China’s political, economic and social systems and who can also speak Chinese. Read more

OVERVIEW

With the rise of China as a global economic power there is an increasing demand among organisations and companies from around the world, working with and in China, for professionals with knowledge of China’s political, economic and social systems and who can also speak Chinese. The Master of China Studies provides those in the programme with in-depth knowledge of China’s history, politics, society and economy, in order to equip them with a more comprehensive understanding of China’s complex socio-economic system. This knowledge will provide graduates of the programme with unique and important insights, as well as language training, critical to operating and decision-making in the Chinese context in any field.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY CHINA STUDIES AT XJTLU?

The Department of China Studies at XJTLU has a large and diverse group of experts from around the world who will introduce students to different perspectives on China from different disciplinary backgrounds, including politics, history, political economy, literature and sociology, amongst others.

Our research ties with key universities in China’s Jiangnan region (including in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces) provide further opportunities for students to enrich their learning experience by spending a period of study at one of those universities.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Upon graduating students will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of China’s history, culture, society, politics, and economy, as well as of China’s regional, technological, and social policy development. Students will also learn or improve their Chinese language skills.

MODULES

Core modules

  • Semester one
  • China’s history
  • China’s politics
  • Chinese society
  • China’s economy
  • Semester two
  • Contemporary Chinese literature
  • Regional development
  • Welfare and development
  • Technology and development
  • Semester three
  • Dissertation
  • Research methods
  • Research seminar

Additional learning activities

The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester.

Possible activities include:

  • Chinese language classes (up to 450 hours in total)
  • Study period in China studies at another Chinese university
  • Internships with industry

CAREERS

Companies, non-profit organisations, and government agencies working in diverse fields (technology, health, media, culture and society) dealing with China or operating in China are demanding graduates with a comprehensive understanding of China’s past and present society, economy and politics. Particularly for international students, this China expertise and ability to speak Chinese will enhance their career prospects in whichever field they operate in.

Alumni discount

If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

  1. Click/tap the APPLY link
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing account
  3. Complete your application

Once your application account is successfully created, enter all the information required in the application form carefully and make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. Upload the required documents to the corresponding fields.

You may log-in to view your application form at any time and upload any remaining supporting documents.

For further details of how to successfully apply to study at XJTLU, please visit the how to apply page.



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In the age of globalisation, media communication has become increasingly multilingual and multimodal. The rising need for translation is marked by a particular surge in demand for skills in translating for different media forms. Read more

In the age of globalisation, media communication has become increasingly multilingual and multimodal. The rising need for translation is marked by a particular surge in demand for skills in translating for different media forms.

The MA Mass Media Translation programme aims to provide suitably qualified undergraduates an opportunity to procure a deeper understanding of mass media translation between English and Chinese, at both theoretical and practical levels, and to produce graduates capable of operating professionally and reflectively in this rapidly developing media translation environment.

The programme is intended for those who have good bilingual proficiency and are interested in media translation, for translation practitioners who want to gain a deeper understanding of media translation, and for others who wish to develop and extend their professional skills in media translation and bilingual media communication. It is also a stepping stone for any individual wanting to undertake a research degree in translation studies and media translation in particular.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY MASS MEDIA TRANSLATION AT XJTLU?

  • The first MA masters programme in Mainland China specialised in media translation training and bilingual media communication
  • Choose from a wide range of theoretical and practical modules
  • Taught by academic staff members from translation and media and communication studies programmes, as well as other experts in the field.

MODULES

Semester one

  • Theory of translation studies
  • Journalism translation
  • Global media cultures
  • Contemporary media theories
  • Translation and technology.

Semester two

  • Research methods
  • Public relations translation
  • Portrayal of China in Western media
  • Discourse analysis
  • Audio-visual translation
  • Translating Chinese culture.

Semester three

  • Dissertation
  • Translation project.

Additional learning activities

The completion of additional learning activity is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.

ALAs may contain the following elements:

  • Graduate teaching or research assistantship
  • Discipline-related academic activities
  • English/Chinese modules
  • Work placements.

CAREERS

The MA in Mass Media Translation opens up a wide range of career paths for graduates. They may enter the profession as media translators or go on to further study in pursuit of a research career. An understanding of cross-cultural media communication and a mastery of English and Chinese prepares students for careers in the following sectors:

  • government organisations
  • media and journalism
  • business sectors
  • public relations
  • editing and writing
  • presenting and hosting
  • teaching
  • administration.

Graduates will also find work in international environments where cross-cultural communication is needed.

Alumni discount

If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

  1. Click/tap the APPLY link
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing account
  3. Complete your application

Once your application account is successfully created, enter all the information required in the application form carefully and make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. Upload the required documents to the corresponding fields.

You may log-in to view your application form at any time and upload any remaining supporting documents.

For further details of how to successfully apply to study at XJTLU, please visit the how to apply page.



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This programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop both a scholarly and practical understanding of the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Read more
This programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop both a scholarly and practical understanding of the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is suitable for language teachers, teacher trainers, educational materials writers and test designers who wish to further develop their range of professional skills and knowledge.

The programme will help you:

• gain an advanced critical understanding of key issues, concepts and theories, and practices in the field of English language teaching
• acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of language and texts in the contexts in which they are used
• explore the implications of language analysis for teaching purposes
• develop understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in classroom practice
• engage with theories underlying current views on language learning, including the importance of individual differences amongst learners in their abilities and learning preferences
• appreciate and view critically the connections between theory and practice in the field of English language teaching
• foster the ability to conduct academic research

CORE MODULES

LINGUISTICS FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS
METHODS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
PRINCIPLES OF COURSE AND MATERIAL DESIGN
SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT
SPEAKING AND LISTENING RESEARCH METHODS

ELECTIVE MODULES

DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
LEXIS AND VOCABULARY
TEACHING ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES

What are my career prospects?

Graduates may pursue a career or enhance their prospects in the field of English language teaching. In China, a postgraduate qualification in TESOL is increasingly sought-after by educational institutions. The programme will facilitate the professional development of those candidates who are considering a career in publishing, materials development and management.
The programme will also equip those interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of English language teaching and applied linguistics by preparing them to conduct research competently at the level of the MPhil, MRes, EdD and PhD.

Part-time study option also available.

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New economic opportunities in emerging economies and around the globe have brought complex environmental challenges—from increased air and water pollution to food security to energy and climate change. Read more
New economic opportunities in emerging economies and around the globe have brought complex environmental challenges—from increased air and water pollution to food security to energy and climate change. Duke Kunshan University’s international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program prepares its graduates to meet these pressing challenges through effective policy solutions drawn from an array of disciplines.

The program combines a world-class faculty, cutting-edge research center, innovative curriculum and unparalleled career opportunities. You will leave the program with an advanced degree from world-renowned Duke University, and the knowledge and experience you need to devise evidence-based policy solutions to the most urgent environmental problems of our time.

The four-semester, 16-course iMEP program is designed to capture the skills necessary for a new generation of environmental leaders. It is the first in the world to draw together the important core requirements in environmental management and public policy. These include economics, political science, sociology, history, law, statistics and environmental science.

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The Master of Management Studies. Duke Kunshan University program offers an opportunity for a truly global learning and networking experience, allowing you to start the program in the United States at Duke University in Durham, NC, and then finish at the Duke Kunshan University campus in Kunshan, China. Read more
The Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University program offers an opportunity for a truly global learning and networking experience, allowing you to start the program in the United States at Duke University in Durham, NC, and then finish at the Duke Kunshan University campus in Kunshan, China.

Come and learn from the world-class faculty of Duke University’s renowned Fuqua School of Business, and apply your new skills and acumen to real-life situations. You’ll earn an advanced degree from one of the world’s most respected educational institutions, and enjoy access to its global network of established alumni as you prepare to launch your own multinational career.

When you combine an education in business fundamentals with meaningful exposure to two of the most exciting economies in the world, you are in a position to create your own career success.

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This programme aims to provide suitably qualified you with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the field of media and communication at theoretical and practical levels. Read more
This programme aims to provide suitably qualified you with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the field of media and communication at theoretical and practical levels. The programme is intended for graduates from the fields of media and communication, the social sciences, advertising and public relations, for individuals already working in the media and trying to gain a more profound understanding of their field, and for others who want to develop and extend the range of their theoretical and professional media skills. It is also a stepping stone for any individual wanting to pursue a PhD in the media and communication field.
You will graduate with a critical and theoretical knowledge of the contexts of communication studies in combination with the opportunity for developing practical skills in digital media production. These, combined with the strong English language skills that studying at XJTLU gives, produces students who will be very attractive employees for Chinese and international companies in an increasingly globalised workplace.

The programme will:

• give you an advanced critical understanding of key issues, concepts and theories and the relationship between theory and practice in the fields of media and communication
• instil in you a sound knowledge and understanding of media language and its iterations on different media platforms
• encourage your exploration of the implications of media analysis for work purposes
• help you develop an understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in media and communication practices
• encourage you to engage with theories underlying current views on communicative practices, including the importance of global and local media manifestations
• engage with and critically appreciate the connections made between theory and practice in the field of media and communication
• foster your research skills and techniques
• provide hands-on expertise through practical modules and a work placement

In addition, the programme provides an overview of the contemporary theoretical, methodological, practical and ethical principles that underpin research in the field of media and communication and develops your skills, knowledge and understanding further in the theory and practice of applied media work.

Modules

Students in this programme will study the following modules:
• Global Media Cultures
• Contemporary Media Theory
• Digital Ethics
• Social Media Management
• Contemporary Chinese Media Environment
• Research Methods in Communication
• Interactive and Emerging Technologies
• Advanced Public Relations and Advertising
• Gaming
• Practical Skills Development (audio/video, web design, print media)

Students will graduate with a combination of critical and theoretical knowledge of the contexts of communication studies in combination with the opportunity for developing practical skills in digital media production. These, combined with the strong English language skills that studying at XJTLU gives, produces students who will be very attractive employees in an increasingly globalised workplace, for Chinese and international companies.

Facilities

The department has a digital media laboratory, featuring Apple iMac computers, Final Cut Pro X editing software and the Adobe suite of professional digital media production software, in addition to Sony high definition digital video production kits for short film-making, digital media and documentary production.

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About the course. The MA TESOL is suitable for all with a bachelor degree who wish to pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching, or working in a related profession. Read more

About the course

The MA TESOL is suitable for all with a bachelor degree who wish to pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching, or working in a related profession.

The MA TESOL will develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice. It also prepares you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning and provides a pathway to doctoral study. You will meet expert tutors in the field of English language teaching (ELT), a major branch of applied linguistics, who have international reputations in their own area of research, and who are committed to providing the best quality study experience. The course is co-taught with highly experienced colleagues in the Centre for English Language Education, one of the largest English language teaching operations in the world.

Advantages of studying the MA TESOL at the University of Nottingham

  • whole course taught in English, with the aim to widen your international horizons. 
  • teaching informed by leading-edge research in the field.
  • internationally reputable and approachable tutors who are practicing language teachers and researchers
  • solid foundation in core areas of TESOL theory and practice
  • elective modules which reflect the latest in applied linguistics and language teacher education
  • stylish, modern, hi-tech learning environment in an internationally reputable university
  • lively, multi-cultural social environment 

The programme will help you:

  • gain an advanced critical understanding of key issues, theories and practices in the field of English language teaching
  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of language in context
  • explore the implications of language analysis for teaching purposes
  • develop understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in classroom practice
  • engage with theories underlying current views on language learning, including the importance of individual differences amongst learners in their abilities and learning preferences
  • appreciate and view critically the connections between theory and practice in the field of English language teaching
  • foster the ability to conduct academic research.

Course content

Core Modules

  • Applied Linguistics for TESOL (download reading list)
  • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology (download reading list)
  • The Language Learner and Language Learning (download reading list)
  • Dissertation (compulsory for all taking the 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time courses)

Elective Modules

  • TESOL Observation and Practicum (compulsory for those without real classroom teaching experience)
  • English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP and ESP)
  • Research Methods for Language Teachers
  • Enhancing Language Learning with Digital Technologies
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Teaching Language and Literature
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Corpus Linguistics

*There are Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.

Assessment

Each 20-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 4,000 words (or equivalent). To complete the Masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment. For award of the MA, you must also complete a 60-credit dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) on an approved topic.

Careers

Graduates may pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching. In China, a postgraduate qualification in TESOL is increasingly sought- after by educational institutions. The programme will also equip those interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of English language teaching and applied linguistics by preparing them to conduct research at EdD and PhD level.

Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options, invite you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  



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