Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Applied Linguistics and Communication

This unique Master's in applied linguistics and communication is taught by leading specialists in multilingualism and multiculturalism. Applied linguistics has been taught at Birkbeck since 1965, making this one of the oldest departments in the world. The most recent external examination of our programme reported that 'there are very high levels of professionalism and real quality in teaching. Students taking this course are getting the best in terms of professional practice and support. They are also allowed to develop their own interests and demonstrate independence of both skills and knowledge.' The core modules introduce you to qualitative and quantitative research methods for undertaking your own empirical and/or theoretical research into language and language behaviour in the form of an extended literature review or dissertation, and to sub-domains of applied linguistics such as first and second language acquisition, intercultural communication, language pedagogy and assessment, language impairment, language policy and language and identity. You are also able to choose from a suite of option modules. The programme is also unique in offering you a choice between two dissertation pathways: an empirical research investigation of an aspect of language teaching and learning or an independent library-based project on a relevant topic of your choice. The programme is suitable for people who wish to further their career prospects and professional development, and those who have an interest in doctoral research and aspire to work in higher education. The MA is an internationally recognised higher professional qualification. **HIGHLIGHTS** - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - We have a multimedia library and computing facilities. Birkbeck Library has a large holding of books, as well as over 40 current print journal subscriptions in the subject area, with an additional 100 available electronically. We are located within walking distance of libraries at the Institute of Education, School of Oriental and African Studies, University College London and Senate House, as well as the British Library and British Museum. - There is an active student-run Linguistics Society, which hosts events and speakers throughout the year, and organises an annual Postgraduate Student Research Conference every summer. In addition, the Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts a lecture series given by international visiting scholars. Birkbeck also actively collaborates with the larger community of applied linguists throughout University of London colleges.

Entry requirements

MA: Usually an upper second-class honours degree or above, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject and/or professional training and expertise. You will be asked to undertake a short admissions task of no more than 500 words, to support your application. You must also provide 1 academic reference.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Coursework, including a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words or an independent literature review of 4500-5000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 7,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Telephone number: 
02076316499