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 English language education globally, while also engaging students in the theoretical and empirical investigation of real-world situations, contexts and issues in which language plays a crucial role.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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. 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
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 Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January.
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 insight into applied linguistics and language education from global, bilingual, cognitive, discourse, and socio-cultural perspectives. It will also develop students' capacity to analyse, evaluate and synthesise 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 core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Discourse, Society and Culture
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline is 5 April 2019
- Accommodation plus tuition fees (1 year)
- Now closed for 2019/20
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, senior managers and directors of study in private and state sector schools, textbook and materials writers, editors and publishers, education journalists, NGO project officers, education consultants, policy advisers and researchers, and consultants in the aviation industry.
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 go into education or develop their career internationally. Small 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 whilst they here, 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 English 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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.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 teachers of English as a foreign or second language (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
- 26 July 2019
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.
- Graduate Programme Administrator