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Applied Linguistics (MRes)

Course Description

This research-based course provides intensive training for those intending to pursue doctoral studies in applied linguistics, and represents the first year of a four-year course leading to a PhD.

This pathway involves substantial research training modules in applied linguistics, and in social science generally. You will receive a grounding in language analysis and a wide range of transferable skills relevant to language research, communication and project management. You will be given detailed guidance on the preparation of a research proposal for your 20,000-word dissertation and then later on the planning of your PhD topic (if you intend to transfer to a research degree).

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/english-language-and-applied-linguistics-pg/mres-applied-linguistics.aspx

Modules include:

• Issues in Linguistic Research
• Essentials of Research Methods
• Second Language Learning Principles
• Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers
• Corpus-based Approaches to Language Description.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

Graduates from our postgraduate courses enter the following careers worldwide:
- University research, teaching and leadership

- Directing, managing and teaching in Language Teaching Institutions

- Teacher training


Study a subject with global relevance at a Department with a global reputation. With 1,300 graduates in more than 40 countries worldwide pursuing careers in education at all levels, the University's long-established ELT course is one example of our dedication to building expertise in the field.

Courses are flexibly delivered, to suit individual needs. All modules are carefully designed to connect theory to practice.

Specialist tracks are available for those with and without teaching experience. You can choose taught, dissertation or portfolio tracks, study on campus or on a distance learning basis; and pick from an exceptionally wide range of core and option modules.

At the University of Reading, our courses promote intellectual rigour, imaginative insight and critical awareness, and develop professionals who are thoughtful practitioners.

Located on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, specialist facilities include outstanding library collections in ELT/Applied Linguistics, a self-access language learning centre, and access to corpus facilities. Independence and interactional competence are promoted through our mix of lectures, small-class seminars and blended online support. The Department supplements University pastoral care with individual personal tutor support and academic study skills training.

Visit the Applied Linguistics (MRes) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. A minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with no score below 6.0 or equivalent. An upper second-class degree in a relevant discipline normally required.

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