University of Essex

University of Essex

Applied Linguistics

This course explores the results of recent empirical studies of 2nd language acquisition, focusing on how learners develop L2 knowledge and what role classroom practice plays in that development; students learn to apply the insights of current linguistic theory in understanding and explaining non-native language acquisition.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 with 6 in writing or TOEFL iBT 88.

Course modules

Core modules: Dissertation; assignment writing and dissertation preparation; language learning; research methods 1; research methods 2. Optional modules include: Foundations of computer assisted language learning; graduate research assignment; individual differences in L2 learning; introduction to English language teaching methodology 1; introduction to English language teaching methodology 2; introduction to teaching English for academic purposes; literature and language teaching; materials design and evaluation; 2nd language vocabulary (learning, teaching and use); teaching English to young learners (principles and practice); teaching, listening and speaking; the role of age in bilingual development; topics in the psychology of language learning and teaching.

Assessment methods

Written coursework, class tests and practical testing, dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 2,225 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MA Part-time £ 5,375 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Language and Linguistics
Telephone number: 
01206 872719