• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

Applied Linguistics and Communication has been taught at Birkbeck, University of London since 1965, making this one of the oldest departments in the world. The most recent external examination of our programme reported that ‘there are very high levels of professionalism and real quality in teaching. Students taking this course are getting the best in terms of professional practice and support. They are also allowed to develop their own interests and demonstrate independence of both skills and knowledge.’

The core modules introduce you to qualitative and quantitative research methods for undertaking your own empirical and/or theoretical research into language and language behaviour in the form of an extended literature review or dissertation, and to sub-domains of applied linguistics such as first and second language acquisition, intercultural communication, language pedagogy and assessment, language impairment, language policy and language and identity. You are also able to choose from a suite of option modules.

The programme is also unique in offering you a choice between two dissertation pathways: an empirical research investigation of an aspect of language teaching and learning or an independent library-based project on a relevant topic of your choice.

The programme is suitable for people who wish to further their career prospects and professional development, and those who have an interest in doctoral research and aspire to work in higher education. The MA is an internationally recognised higher professional qualification.

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in education, local government and the charity sector, public relations and the media, marketing and lexicography. Possible professions include English as a second language (ESOL) teacher, lexicographer, or speech and language therapist. This degree can also be useful in becoming a Civil Service fast streamer, primary school teacher, or translator.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Analysing Language Structure and Use
  • Bilingualism
  • Identity in Applied Linguistics Research Level 7
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts

Lecturers


Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Usually at least a second-class honours degree or above, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject and/or professional training and expertise.
  • A short admissions task of no more than 500 words may be requested, to support your application.
  • You must provide two references, at least one of which should be an academic reference.

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  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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