MA English Language and Applied Linguistics

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.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: September 2014

Details

You will study two core modules:

  • Describing Language
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

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. (See module information below).

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.

Modules

Your two core modules are as follows:

Describing Language

This module includes the study of lexis and of Systemic-Functional grammar. This gives you the tools to describe and analyse language in a range of settings.

Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

This module includes a course in methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics. In addition, you will select one option from the range on offer and apply what you have learned to a small research project.

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
  • Narrative Analysis in Fiction and Film
  • Stance, Appraisal and Evaluation
  • Teacher Training
  • Teaching Young Learners

Please note that availability of optional modules may vary from year to year.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are as follows:  

  • Home/EU: £6,570 full-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time  

Part-time programme fees are one half of the full-time programme fees.

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

You will need an Honours degree, normally of an upper second class standard.

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

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Learning and teaching

You will be able to benefit from having free access to the 450 million word Bank of English corpus, and to the hardware, software and data resources held at the Centre for Corpus Research.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU).

Employability

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.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

While this programme provides ideal preparation for a career as a language professional, you will also be encouraged and supported to develop a broad range of transferable skills which can be used in a range of careers. Over the last five years, over 95 per cent of our English postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.