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English Language and Applied Linguistics MA

Course Description

This programme is ideal for language professionals, or for those intending to become language professionals. It will equip you with a detailed understanding of how English works, how it may be analysed, and how languages are learned. You will also have an opportunity to develop expertise in specific areas of linguistics, such as corpus linguistics, literary linguistics and cognitive linguistics.

Core modules

- Describing Language
- Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

Optional modules

You will then choose four optional modules from a wide range, giving you the flexibility to focus on areas of language and linguistics which reflect your specific interests.

In the autumn term, you will choose two optional modules from the following:

- Discourse, Culture and Communication
- Introduction to Corpus Linguistics
- Language and Literature
- Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
- Social and Multimodal Aspects of Communication
- Syllabus and Materials Design

In the spring term, you will choose two further optional modules from the following:

- Advanced Topics in Literary Linguistics
- Business English
- Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
- Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Corpus Linguistics
- English as an International Language
- English for Specific/Academic Purposes
- Intercultural Communication
- Language Testing
- Media Literacy
- Language and New Media
- Language and Politics
- Language Teaching Observation and Practice
- Teacher Training
- Teaching Young Learners


Each of your taught modules will be assessed by a 4,000 word essay and you will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

In addition, there are two non-assessed components in the programme:

- All students will take a short course – Introduction to the Bank of English – which introduces you to the 400 million-word Cobuild Bank of English corpus, an invaluable collection of authentic language data against which theory, intuition and pedagogic materials can be measured
- You may also take a course in Academic Writing. Those whose first language is not English are particularly encouraged to follow this course.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Over the last five years, over 95% of English postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation using the transferable skills gained in their postgraduate degree.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the English Language and Applied Linguistics MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in English or a relevant subject

Course Fees

£7,200 FT, £3,600 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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