SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

If you are pursuing intensive research'related and practice'related training for a career in Chinese language learning or teaching, this programme offers a firm grounding in theory and practice of language learning and teaching; as well as in research methods. You will study general areas of linguistic inquiry (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse structure, if you have not previously studied linguistics). You will also study how linguistic inquiry informs second language acquisition and language teaching. You will also learn about teaching Chinese in higher education. By the end of the degree, you will be fully adept at evaluating published materials (e.g. textbooks) and research papers related to Chinese language teaching, conducting pedagogical research, in addition to designing teaching materials and lesson plans.

Course Modules

Core modules: Applied linguistics and language pedagogy; Chinese language learning and teaching; dissertation in applied linguistics and language pedagogy; introduction to the study of language. Optional modules: 2nd language acquisition and bilingualism; topics in the structure of Chinese; language, society and communication.

Course Additional Entry

Upper 2nd Class or equivalent in a BA in a relevant discipline (linguistics or applied linguistics), or a BA in another discipline including some relevant units, or relevant professional qualifications (for example, a diploma'level teaching qualifications or exceptional and documented experience in language teaching). A BA in non'linguistics discipline can be compensated by relevant units in (applied) linguistics study units or a diploma'level teaching qualification (like SOAS Language Centre's PG Diploma in teaching Chinese) but an applicant does not have to have both. Native or native'like proficiency in Chinese is required.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,215  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,985  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,608  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,993  Academic year. First year home fees