Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Applied Linguistics and Communication

This programme provides students with opportunities to explore many topics in applied linguistics and communication in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary manner. Furthermore, lecturers specialise in various areas of multilingualism and multiculturalism, offering a range of modules to suit individual interests. The programme aims to introduce you to multiple sub-domains and topics that reflect the research interests of staff, e.g. code-switching, first and second language acquisition, intercultural communication, language pedagogy and assessment, language impairment, language policy, language and identity, corpus linguistics, and speech production and perception. The programme is suitable for people with diverse career goals: those who wish to further their career prospects and professional development, or those who have an interest in doctoral research and aspire to work in higher education. In particular, the programme is beneficial for those who do not have specific research interests at the beginning of their degree, but who intend to identify and focus on an area of research after exploring various disciplines in applied linguistics and communication and immersing themselves in the research and learning culture of a renowned department.

Entry requirements

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.If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Introduction to Applied Linguistics; Research Methods and Design . Option modules: International Management Communication; Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts; Language Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts; Language, Culture and Communication; Linguistic Description for Language Teaching; Marketing Communications: An Introduction; Second and Additional Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics . Dissertation/Independent Literature Review: Dissertation; Independent Literature Review .

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
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