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Applied Linguistics (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

About this program

Applied Linguistics (Taught)

Set in the internationally respected Centre for Language and Communication Research, the MA in Applied Linguistics offers both solid training in research foundations and practice, and the freedom to tailor your programme around your interests and ambitions.

Designed for careers requiring specialised language awareness and teaching English as a foreign language, our wide-ranging optional modules enable you to enhance your skills in the areas of linguistic enquiry most important for you and your career.

Incorporating research methodology and language description, this Master’s programme will give you an in-depth understanding of a range of language-related issues, from language acquisition and teaching to social interaction and corpus analysis.

You'll acquire well-rounded understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches employed in the exploration of linguistic structures and language description. While becoming an independent and active learner, you will develop in-depth understanding of key issues in language, communication and linguistics.

Our experts are leading on innovative projects in many different fields, including language acquisition, language teaching, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, discourse analysis, professional communication, corpus linguistics, systemic functional linguistics and forensic linguistics.

Fostering an international academic arena for cutting-edge research, we host talks from visiting academics from around the world, as well as advanced research residencies and occasional summer schools. During your studies you will benefit directly from this thriving research environment and the support of a wide range of professionals who will guide your personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject area, or an equivalent international degree
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
  • or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference

The professional experience reference must be from your employer to evidence that you currently work in an area relevant to the programme. This should be signed, dated and less than six months old at the time you submit your application.

This Programme is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in language-related disciplines.

English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all other subskills.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year One

Core Modules

  • Research Foundations in Language and Communication
  • Public and Professional Discourse

Optional Modules

  • Current Issues in Sociolinguistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Language Learning: Theory and Practice
  • Corpus Linguistics

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Research Experience in Applied Linguistics

Optional Modules

  • Current Issues in Sociolinguistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Language Learning: Theory and Practice
  • Corpus Linguistics

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for UK Students: £4,475 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £9,850 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Ability to analyse and describe core areas of English language and linguistics, including phonetics, grammar, semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis
  2. Ability to articulate how the different methodological approaches of various linguistic schools relate to and / or complement each other
  3. Ability to explain the multifaceted nature of the discipline of Applied Linguistics and the connections between its subdisciplines
  4. Ability to categorise and interpret a range of empirical linguistic phenomena and to use the relevant descriptive terminology
  5. Ability to analyse and assess how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Ability to critically evaluate ideas, arguments and empirical research
  2. Ability to interpret information and ideas clearly and coherently in both written and oral formats
  3. Ability to engage in independent reflection and enquiry and/or to work effectively in a team.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Ability to collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data
  2. Ability to evaluate the impact of language use in a given context.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Ability to sustain a critical argument that is responsive to the particular conventions of the genre
  2. Confidence to tackle unfamiliar software packages and acquire new IT skills.

Continuing studies

Some students will also choose to undertake further study in the form of a PhD.

Career paths

Career Prospects

This programme will offer preparation for all careers where language is used for any purpose, for example to influence or persuade, inform, educate or entertain. Gaining an MA will demonstrate higher abilities in research and communication.

Some obvious future work destinations include research, teaching, speech and language therapy, publishing, writing, editing, information design, librarianship, as well as professional jobs, such as banking and HR, and public sector jobs, such as those in the civil service or local government. However, the degree is not limited to these possible directions and offers a good preparation for roles in a variety of fields which involve reasoning, critical and evaluative work, verbal and written skills, assimilation of information, communicative skills such as an awareness of linguistic variation, as well as some quantitative skills and skills in presenting information using technology.

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