Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Applied Linguistics

This course in applied linguistics provides a rich environment for the exploration of theoretical aspects of language learning, language interaction and language processing. The course will provide an academic foundation for developing professional practice and will provide training in the evaluation and production of research. At the same time, you will gain an understanding of how research in applied linguistics contributes to, and supports, the development of both practice and policy. The course is designed to provide an opportunity to build on and extend your knowledge and develop expertise in issues that relate to language learning and teaching by exploring a broad range of subject areas. All academic staff are active in state-of-the-art teaching and research, and applied linguistics at Birkbeck enjoys a strong international reputation for quality teaching and research. The programme is suitable for students with a range of 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. There is a PhD programme which provides progression opportunities for students who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper 2nd Class Honours degree or above (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject and/or professional training and expertise. A short admissions task of no more than 500 words will be requested, to support your application. You must provide 2 references, at least one of which should be an 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

Students take 2 core modules (worth 30 credits each) and 2 or 3 option modules (worth 30 credits each), and complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation (worth 60 credits) or a 4500-5000-word independent literature review (worth 30 credits). 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 translation studies: theory and practice dissertation/independent literature review; dissertation independent literature review.

Sponsorship information

Applicants with a strong academic background may apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) or Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) awards (UK and EU-based applicants only); departmental bursaries are available on a competitive basis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time evening £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 6,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 3,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6499