Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme provides students with opportunities to explore many topics in applied linguistics and communication in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary manner. Furthermore, lecturers specialise in various areas of multilingualism and multiculturalism, offering a range of modules to suit individual interests.

The programme aims to introduce you to multiple sub'domains and topics that reflect the research interests of staff, e.g. code'switching, first and second language acquisition, intercultural communication, language pedagogy and assessment, language impairment, language policy, language and identity, corpus linguistics, and speech production and perception.

The programme is suitable for people with 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. In particular, the programme is beneficial for those who do not have specific research interests at the beginning of their degree, but who intend to identify and focus on an area of research after exploring various disciplines in applied linguistics and communication and immersing themselves in the research and learning culture of a renowned department.

Course Modules

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 .

Dissertation/Independent Literature Review:


Independent Literature Review .

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,175 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £4,075 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Usually an upper second-class honours degree or above, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject and/or professional training and expertise.
  • You will be asked to undertake a short admissions task of no more than 500 words, to support your application.
  • You must also provide 1 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.