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Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (MA)

Course Description

This MA course builds on the international reputation of the School of English at Nottingham as one of the foremost centres for English Language research in the world. The School's Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching programme provides a broad course of study in language and linguistics. You will work with several world figures while discovering your own position in applied linguistics.

The principle of language study established at Nottingham combines theoretical and ideological dimensions with practical applications; in particular English Language Teaching (ELT). This course explores ELT from multiple perspectives, including Second Language Acquisition, motivation and individual learner differences, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics, among others.

You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources, as well as small-group tuition.

Particular features of the programme include:

a theoretical grounding in research methodology and linguistic description
tuition with expert members of staff
teaching informed by active leading-edge researchers in the field
innovative and engaging teaching methods

Key facts

- This MA is convened in the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics and is among the most popular postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK.
- The School was ranked 7th for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
In the world top 50 for English Literature, Language and Linguistics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014)
9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014)
- Students who wish to apply for an ESRC PhD scholarship can follow the ESRC strand within the programme.

The MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching is also available as a web-based distance learning course.

Visit the Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (MA) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

School Tuition Fee Scholarship - 2 Awards

All those who hold an offer for entry in the forthcoming academic year are welcome to apply for our various scholarship and funding opportunities. These provisions can vary slightly from year to year. Applications for scholarship/funding must be made by the required deadline. Please see our web pages for further information.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Home/EU tuition Fees


Any applicant holding an offer of a place to study on one of the School's Masters courses are invited to apply for one of our School Tuition Fee Scholarships.

Application Procedure

Please visit our web pages in the first instance for more information regarding the provision available and further instructions on how to apply.

Further Information



Midlands3Cities Nottingham Masters Studentships - 14 Awards

Providing routes in to the AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities doctoral training partnership Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Nottingham is offering 14 Research Preparation Masters studentships to start September 2015. Midlands3Cities Nottingham Masters studentships are intended to prepare students for doctoral study so it is crucial that applicants make a clear case for how the Masters will lead to an intended PhD programme. Awards will cover the University of Nottingham tuition fee and provide a stipend of £8,400. They do not guarantee subsequent doctoral funding, for which a separate application must be made.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees and Stipend of £8400


These awards are available to outstanding students from the UK and EU who wish to pursue a Masters degree (MA or MRes) at the University of Nottingham in any area of the Arts and Humanities and areas eligible for AHRC funding in Law and Social Sciences.

Application Procedure

For guidance notes and a copy of the application form, visit: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/arts/news-events/m3cdtp-nottingham-masters-funding.aspx

Further Information



ESRC 1+3 - Single Award

The School of English is inviting applications for an ESRC 1+3 award. Successful applicants will take the research training pathway within the MA Applied Linguistics, or MA Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching - and then go on to take a PhD in the same subject.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Visit the School's funding page for more information.


ESRC studentships are highly competitive, and successful candidates will hold at least a 2:1 in a relevant discipline. Please ensure that you have read through the guidelines thoroughly and that you are eligible to apply, particularly if you are not from the UK or are studying part-time.

Application Procedure

Visit the School funding page for more information: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/prospective/postgraduatetaught/funding/index.aspx

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a 2:1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree from British University or international equivalent) in relevant linguistic or literary studies. IELTS:7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

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