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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Our MA Applied Linguistics course is an ideal option for graduates who wish to develop a career in the language-related industries including publishing, media, teaching and translation.

It provides up-to-date and critical knowledge of applied linguistics taught by top scholars in the field thorough training in established and cutting-edge research methodologies.

This course connects theory with practice in real-world settings and offers flexibility and variety through a wide choice of optional modules to suit individual needs and academic interests.

Our specialist areas of research include discourse analysis, professional communication, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology, corpus linguistics, testing and assessment; second language acquisition, intercultural communication, multilingualism, language teaching and creativity, language curriculum design, EFL teacher training, child language development, language and migration, and world Englishes.


Graduates from this course enter the following careers worldwide: university research, teaching and leadership at all sectors; testing and assessment; directing, managing and teaching roles within language teaching institutions worldwide including state (governmental) and private sectors; publishing and marketing; public relations; translation and interpreting.

Different course options

Full time | University of Reading | 12 months | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Academic Practices in Applied Linguistics - Core
Foundations of Language Study - Core
Research Design Methods - Core
Dissertation - Core
Second Language Learning Principles
Language & Migration
English in the World
Approaches to Discourse Analysis

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Those with other qualifications and relevant work experience may also be considered for entry.

University information

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