This MA explores language from a wide range of perspectives. It is designed to develop understanding of key concepts and issues related to applied linguistics and engage students in the theoretical and empirical investigation of real-world situations, contexts and issues in which language plays a crucial role, while also exploring language education globally.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme.
Normally a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. English, languages, linguistics, communication), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
This programme will provide students with insights into applied linguistics and language education from socio-cultural, discourse, bilingual, cognitive, and global perspectives. It will also develop students' capacity to analyse, evaluate and synthesise linguistic data, primary and secondary sources, as well as helping them to design research.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one compulsory module (30 credits), one compulsory research dissertation (60 credits), and three optional modules (90 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Applied Linguistics.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
The core module for the MA Applied Linguistics is Discourse, Society and Culture (30 credits). Students will also complete a compulsory research Dissertation with guidance (60 credits)
- Discourse, Society and Culture
- Dissertation Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Optional modules (indicative list):
Up to 90 credits of options drawn from the following:
- Bilingualism and Multilingualism
- English in Diverse World Contexts
- Fundamentals of Second and Foreign Language Teaching
- Language and Identity
- Language at Work: Communication in Professional, Institutional and Cultural Contexts
- Language Testing and Assessment
- Materials Development for Language Teaching
- Multimodal Communication
- Second Language Acquisition
- Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory
- Teaching and Researching Speaking and Listening
Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.
All students are required to write a 2,500-word research proposal which leads to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic in applied linguistics.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, projects, supervisory tutorials, student presentations, and student-led discussions. Within tutor-led sessions, students often engage in individual, pair and group tasks which are then fed back to the plenary. Students are assessed through written coursework, oral presentation, and the dissertation. Alternative modes of assessment may be a feature of some modules.
Students spend about 20% of their time in lectures, seminars, or one-to-one supervisions. The remainder is dedicated to preparing for lectures and seminars, and pursuing students' own interests via independent study.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £5,000 (One year)
- Based on financial need
- Deadline: 31 December 2020
- Full tuition fees and some allowances (Up to 3yrs)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme include university and college lecturers, researchers, senior managers and directors of study in private and state sector schools, textbook, materials, and content writers, editors and publishers, journalists, NGO project officers, education consultants, policy advisers and communications experts, and consultants in different industries.
This programme not only provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career, but is also popular with students wishing to develop their career internationally or go into education. Group discussions and debates on the programme help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills. Likewise, the analytical and research skills gained by students are highly valued by employers from a range of sectors. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills, for example departmental talks and other networking opportunities.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Department of Culture, Communication and Media (CCM) is committed to excellence in teaching, research and consultancy across a range of areas including applied linguistics.
One of the key aims of UCL Institute of Education’s Centre for Applied Linguistics is to seek external funding for high-quality research and consultancy in the broad field of applied linguistics, including discourse analysis, bilingualism and multilingualism, second language acquisition, health communication, intercultural communication, linguistic ethnography, semiotics, and language-in-education policy and practice, and undertake such research.
It also aims to provide research input into teaching programmes and doctoral supervision in areas of applied linguistics and global language education.
Department: Culture, Communication & Media
What our students and staff say
"Working with some of the finest minds in the world, and teaching and supervising brilliant students is a daily privilege.I have access the some of the world's leading libraries, and being at UCL IOE allows me to live and work in one of the most culturally-diverse cities in the world. My research work has been primarily concerned with the critical analysis of discourse, or what is known as critical discourse analysis (CDA) (Fairclough 2015), and with the interrogation of social, cultural and epistemological meaning production in a variety of social contexts, including Applied Linguistics research domains."
Dr John O'ReganApplied Linguistics MA, TESOL MA
UCL Institute of Education
"The multiple research directions in the field of applied linguistics introduced in different courses and the programme's academic as well as mental supports really impressed me. I think what I have learned at the IOE, most importantly, is the ability to think critically. It enables me to question what should be taught and how it should be taught in my English language teaching. In addition, the multicultural awareness as well as multimodal teaching method are also applied at my work."
Qian TanApplied Linguistics MA (2018)
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
This programme does not require references to be submitted in support of your application.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for anyone with a keen interest in applied linguistics or language education globally, such as people in language-focused professions (e.g. journalism, copywriting and editing, communications and PR), language teachers (including EFL, ESL, ESOL), students of English language, applied linguistics, languages or communication, and those who share an interest in the relations between language, cognition, culture and society.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Applied Linguistics at graduate level
- why you want to study Applied Linguistics at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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