King's College London

Course Introduction

The Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA is for experienced teachers wanting to learn more about current ELT/ESL research, theory, pedagogy and practice. It offers you an excellent opportunity to further your career in ELT and develop expertise in specialist fields such as language assessment and testing, materials development, teaching EAP, teacher education and teaching English as a lingua franca.

This course provides a unique opportunity to gain a Delta qualification concurrently with a face-to-face theory and research-focused MA. It is run in collaboration with International House London, the leading UK based provider for ELT teaching awards with an international reputation as a centre for excellence as a Delta provider; opportunities to expand your knowledge of current theoretical and practical aspects of language teaching; excellent tutorial support and extensive course-specific training in research methods and academic writing; exchange ideas with other experienced language teaching professionals from many different backgrounds.

The Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (with Delta) course offers you opportunities to explore current research and specialist areas such as teacher education, materials development, teaching English for academic purposes, language testing and assessment, and teaching English as a lingua franca. Students will study required modules covering language-teaching methodology and curriculum design, linguistic analysis for language teaching, issues in language acquisition and use (sociolinguistics and aspects of second language learning) and research methods. We also place emphasis on the view of informed teaching and the need for teachers to mediate between theory and practice in constructing pedagogies according to specific teaching-learning situations.

Our graduates have found that their promotion opportunities have been greatly enhanced by this advanced qualification. More recently, some of our graduates have returned to take up MPhil/PhD studies.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,200 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £18,600 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,100 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,100 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,300 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have 2:1 class honours degree is usually required in a relevant subject (including, but not limited to, a modern foreign language, English, Education, Linguistics, etc.). If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip). In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100