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.
Your two core modules are as follows:
This module provides a grounding in the analysis of the lexis and grammar of English. You will be introduced to essential concepts and terminology in the field, and gain practice in analysing naturally-occurring language using the models (NB Systemic-Functional Grammar) discussed. There is some emphasis on the application of such analysis to the study of language in social context.
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
This module includes a course in methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics.
In the autumn term, you will choose two optional modules from a range which includes:
In the spring term, you will choose two further optional modules from a range which includes:
Please note that availability of optional modules may vary from year to year.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are as follows:
Home/EU: £6,840 full-time; £3,420 part-time
Overseas: £14,140 full-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students
Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding
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.
Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme
For 2015 entry the University has 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups. These scholarships have been jointly funded by the British Government; the allocation of the awards, which is the fourth highest in the UK, further cements Birmingham?s place amongst the very best higher education institutions for postgraduate study. The application deadline is 31 July 2015.
We usually require an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, English Language or another relevant subject (e.g. TEFL/TESL, Translation Studies, English Literature, Communication Studies). Appropriate work experience will also be taken into consideration.
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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:
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