Applied Linguistics with TESOL

University of Birmingham

M.A. On Campus
12 months
19170 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Applied Linguistics with TESOL programme from University of Birmingham is designed for experienced teachers – with more than a year’s professional language teaching experience – wishing to develop their knowledge of linguistics and understand its potential applications in language teaching.


In the Applied Linguistics with TESOL programme at the University of Birmingham you will study four core modules:

  • Describing Language
  • Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
  • Syllabus and Materials Design 
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

You will also choose two optional modules from a wide range.

Why study this course?
  • Tailored to your level of experience - this programme is specifically designed for more experienced language teachers, so it offers an advanced level of study that will allow you to build on your existing skills and experience.
  • Access to fantastic resources - students at Birmingham have free access to the 450 million word Bank of English corpus, and to the hardware, software and data resources held at the Centre for Corpus Research. 
  • Excellent reputation - the Department of English Language and Linguistics is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. You will be taught by experts in the field, with a range of interests and specialisms.
  • Ongoing support - you will have your own personal tutor to guide you throughout the programme.
  • A vibrant and active postgraduate community - with conferences, seminars and social events, there is always something happening in the Department.


Birmingham's English Language and Applied Linguistics postgraduates develop a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, particularly in relation to verbal and written communication. They also develop crucial skills in organisation, time management, analysis and interpretation of information.

Many of our graduates enter roles for which their programme has prepared them, such as teaching and lecturing; others use their transferable skills in a wide range of occupations including journalism, marketing and events.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Describing Language
  • Social and Psychological Aspects of Language 
  • Syllabus and Materials 
  • Design Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 
  • Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
  • Corpus Assisted Language Learning
  • Corpus Linguistics

Optional modules include: 

  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism in the TESOL Classroom
  • Business Discourse and Communication 
  • Corpus Assisted Language Learning 
  • English as an International Language 
  • Issues in Intercultural Communication 
  • Language and Politics 
  • Language and Gesture
  • Language and New Media
  • Language, Gender and Identity
  • Language Teaching Training 
  • Lexicography 
  • Psycholinguistics in TESOL 
  • Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines




    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
    Upper Second Class

    English requirements

    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
    IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
    PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
    More about PTE Academic

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, English Language or another relevant subject (e.g. Translation Studies, TEFL/TESL/TESOL, English Literature, Communication Studies). Appropriate work experience will also be taken into consideration
    • Applicants for this programme must also have at least one year’s language teaching experience

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      19170 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 19170 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      9250 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


    • Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. Loans are available of up to £10,906 for Masters by Research students and up to £25,700 for PhD students, in all subject areas
    • Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available
    • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

    Due for update

    Updated over a year ago

    Check the official programme website for potential updates.

    Applied Linguistics with TESOL
    University of Birmingham


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