Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This course in applied linguistics provides a rich environment for the exploration of theoretical aspects of language learning, language interaction and language processing. The course will provide an academic foundation for developing professional practice and will provide training in the evaluation and production of research. At the same time, you will gain an understanding of how research in applied linguistics contributes to, and supports, the development of both practice and policy. The course is designed to provide an opportunity to build on and extend your knowledge and develop expertise in issues that relate to language learning and teaching by exploring a broad range of subject areas. All academic staff are active in state'of'the'art teaching and research, and applied linguistics at Birkbeck enjoys a strong international reputation for quality teaching and research. The programme is suitable for students with a range of diverse career goals: Those who wish to further their career prospects and professional development, or those who have an interest in doctoral research and aspire to work in higher education. There is a PhD programme which provides progression opportunities for students who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement.

Course Modules

Students take 2 core modules (worth 30 credits each) and 2 or 3 option modules (worth 30 credits each), and complete a 12,000'15,000'word dissertation (worth 60 credits) or a 4500'5000'word independent literature review (worth 30 credits). Compulsory modules: Introduction to applied linguistics; research methods and design; option modules: International management communication; introduction to intercultural communication in business contexts; language teaching and learning in multilingual and multicultural contexts; language, culture and communication; linguistic description for language teaching; marketing communications: an introduction second and additional language acquisition sociolinguistics translation studies: theory and practice dissertation/independent literature review; dissertation independent literature review.

Course Additional Entry

Normally an upper 2nd Class Honours degree or above (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject and/or professional training and expertise. A short admissions task of no more than 500 words will be requested, to support your application. You must provide 2 references, at least one of which should be an academic reference. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £14,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £7,225  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees