Postgraduate (13 months, 16 months full-time, part-time)
Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip
Course duration: 13 months full-time, 2 years part-time (September starts); 16 months full-time, 28 months part-time (January starts)
Please note the Distance Learning version of this course can only be taken part-time and does not include optional modules.
If you hold a level 7 teaching qualification, such as a PGCE or a Cambridge Delta or Trinity Diploma, which is not older than 5 years, we may be able to accredit your prior learning with up to 60 credits. If you would like this to be considered, please indicate this on the application form or contact us for a discussion.
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Learn the latest linguistics theories and apply them to your classroom practice. Advance your career in language teaching, or even take it international.
Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.
Our MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL will improve your theoretical understanding of language learning and help you to develop your teaching skills.
You will explore the latest theories in topics such as second language acquisition and social discourse, as well as learning different methods of analysis with which to assess to their value to your own language teaching.
You will also learn to conduct your own research, compiling and analysing qualitative and quantitative data and developing your critical-evaluative skills. These skills will be put to use on your own research project at the end of the course, as well as in your future career.
Our optional modules will also allow you to explore your own interests, with topics including course design and classroom practice, as well as 'Impacts of Migration' and 'Language, Identity and Policy', which will help prepare you for a teaching career across the world. You can also complete a part-time CELTA alongside your degree, or opt for a full-time, 4 week CELTA either straight before or straight after your MA, to maximise your opportunities as an English Language teacher.
Outside of the course, you can take part in our research seminars and conferences. Our past events have included the Identities in Language conference, the British Association for Applied Linguistics conference 2016, and the SymPol Conference on Linguistic (Im)Politeness.
Our MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL will help you prepare for many language-learning and teaching-related professions, such as teaching English and other languages (in the UK and abroad), and developing courses, tests, materials or language policy.
You might also decide to continue on to a research degree, such as our PhD English Language and Linguistics or PhD English Language and Intercultural Communication.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
You will show your understanding of the theoretical issues explored on the course and their practical application through various methods, including portfolios, classroom observation tasks and critical essays. At the end of the course, you will also research and complete a 15,000-word major project.
Distance learning students
Due to the structure of this course, there will be times when you'll study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. Our tutors will help you to manage your workload and assessment deadlines. Please contact us to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to you. Email email@example.com or call 01245 686707.
Distance Learning students take the following modules: Major Project, Second Language Acquisition, Classroom Theory and Practice, Materials and Course Design, Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, Discourse in Society.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
You can take this course on our Cambridge campus or by distance learning. On campus, all your teaching will take place in the evening, making it easier to take paid work during the day. With its many language schools, Cambridge is the perfect place to gain experience in language teaching.
Our distance learning course is provided entirely online, so you can choose when and where to study: ideal if you are juggling work, family and childcare commitments.
Various optional trips
The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us.How to pay your fees directly
You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2021, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2021-22.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our students can choose to study face to face on campus or online only. They're also able to change their mode of delivery on given dates in each trimester.
For on-campus teaching, we offer at least four hours face-to-face teaching related contact time per week for our undergraduate full-time courses, supported by online learning using our established online learning systems. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however we remain committed to delivering face-to-face teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment.
In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place due to the pandemic, we may need to move some courses online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
Check the standard entry requirements for IELTS requirements for this course.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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