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MSc Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (Part-Time)

Catalog id : TM_LL9P1
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
8140 GBP
National
4230 GBP
EU
4230 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Department of Education
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
2

World University Ranking

About this course

Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field which mediates between the theory of language and the practice of language learning.

  • It is also an overarching field that includes second language acquisition (SLA) and, as such, can shed light on the teaching and learning of a second or foreign language.
  • The MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition is a popular course which will introduce you to the key issues within the field of applied linguistics with a focus on topics relating to second language learning.
  • The topics represented within the course draw from some of the related disciplines within applied linguistics such as psycholinguistics, education (language teaching/learning), linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Graduate destinations:

Education graduates go on to a range of policy, professional and academic careers. A significant number continue to doctoral research in the department.

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Eligibility Criteria

1. Academic ability:

  • Proven and potential academic excellence
  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a discipline preferably related to the field of applied linguistics.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.6 out of 4.0.
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

References/letters of recommendation: 

  • Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation and ability to work in a group.
  • One of your references should be from your most recent academic tutor.
  • If you are currently in employment, you would be expected to provide a reference from your employer alongside academic references which comment on your academic suitability for the course.

Written work produced by the student:

  • You should supply two pieces of written work, of about 2,000 words each.
  • This will be assessed for understanding of the subject area, an ability to construct and defend an argument, and proficiency in academic English. 
  • The written work should be related to the course, and should be on two separate topics.
  • You may submit written work previously completed for a prior course of study if the topic is relevant ie an assignment or chapter of a dissertation etc, provided it meets the requirements. If the piece of work is significantly longer than 2,000 words it should be edited to meet the requirements.
  • If you do not have any existing material that fits this requirement, we would suggest that you may like to critique an article or write a book review based on the course subject.
  • A list of relevant references is required for the two samples of written work and should be included in your word count.

Statement of purpose/personal statement:

The personal statement should be one to two pages in length, in English.

This will be assessed for:

  • your reasons for applying to this particular course
  • the areas of study in the subject which interest you
  • your relevant academic, research and/or practical experience
  • what you want to achieve from the programme you are applying for
  • your future aspirations, ie where you will take what you have learnt from the course
  • the nature of the research project that you hope to undertake (if you have ideas about this).

Performance at interview(s):

  • Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process.  
  • Interviews are held with a minimum of two interviewers, in person or using Skype videoconferencing, and will focus on your research interests and how these might tie in with the research specialisms of academic staff within the department.
  • We will ask you about your knowledge of the course, your reasons for wanting to study in this area, and initial ideas for your dissertation research.

English Language Requirement:

Tests:

IELTS Academic

  • Minimum Score: 7.0
  • Minimum 6.5 per component

TOEFL iBT:

  • Minimum Score: 100
  • Minimum component scores: Listening (22), Reading (24),Speaking (25), Writing (24)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CPE taken before Jan 2015: Grade C

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CAE taken before Jan 2015:Grade B

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Course Modules

The topics represented within the course draw from some of the related disciplines within Applied Linguistics such as

 

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Education (Language Teaching/Learning)
  • Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics.

 

  • It can be taken either full–time (1 year) or part-time (2 years).
  • The full time course consists of 8 taught modules (4 modules in each of two years if students choose the part-time route) and 1 research dissertation.
  • Part time students follow 4 modules in Year 1 and then 4 in Year 2.
  • In Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, modules are taught from 4.30 – 6.30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5.30 – 6.30 pm on Wednesdays for those studying part-time, so two are offered in Michaelmas and two in Hilary of each year.

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How to Apply

Supervisors will be allocated by the department and it is not necessary for you to contact academic members of staff directly.

The set of materials you should send with an application to this MSc comprises:

  • a statement of purpose/personal statement, of one to two pages in length
  • a CV/résumé
  • three academic and/or professional references
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • two relevant academic essays or other writing samples from your most recent qualification of 2,000 words each, or 2,000-word extracts of longer work.

Statement of purpose:

Your statement of purpose should include:

  • your reasons for applying to this particular course
  • the areas of study in the subject which interest you
  • your relevant academic, research and/or practical experience
  • what you want to achieve from the programme you are applying for
  • your future aspirations, ie where you will take what you have learnt from the course
  • the nature of the research project that you hope to undertake (if you have ideas about this).

References:

One of your references should be from your most recent academic tutor. If you are currently in employment, you would be expected to provide a reference from your employer alongside academic references which comment on your academic suitability for the course.

Written work:

The written work should be on two separate topics, both related to the course. If you do not have any existing material that meets requirements, you may wish to produce work critiquing an article or write a book review based on the course subject.

Check further details on University website

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