Applied Linguistics (MA/PgDip)
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
Offers knowledge and expertise to take you onto a role in any profession requiring specialised language awareness, including language teaching.
The Centre for Language and Communication Research has an international reputation as a field leader in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, multimodal communication, systemic functional linguistics, forensic linguistics, and formulaic language.
The MA/Diploma in Applied Linguistics is a full time programme with modules taught over two semesters (leading to the PG Diploma or Stage 1 of the MA), followed by a supervised dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words between May and September (for Stage 2 of the MA). Assessment of the taught component is by coursework only. The part-time modular programme involves following the same modules over two years and four months.
The modular programme incorporates three broad areas of study: research methodology; language description and comparison; and specialised topics in language and social life, foreign language teaching and multimodality. Students may select from the range of options, as specified below, after consultation with tutors. In certain cases, students may be asked to take a particular module, in the light of their previous academic background and experience and in view of their future careers.
There are three compulsory modules in the MA/Diploma programmes (Research Foundations, Language Description and Phonology) and students select three further modules from the a pool which currently includes those listed below:
- Discourse and Social Interaction
- Forensic Linguistics
- Current Issues in Sociolinguistics
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Second Language and Pedagogy
- Language, Genre and Ideology
- Text and Social Context
Analytical and critical skills, language skills, writing and presentation skills
Postgraduate study in the School is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return to lectureships with much enhanced career prospects. Example employers in the UK include Cardiff University, HMRC, Mencap, Poetry Wales Magazine, Teach First, and Welsh Government, with jobs that include Crime Intelligence Analyst, Creative Writing Lecturer, Librarian, Poet, Recruitment Consultant, Teacher, and Writer.
'The experience of studying for an MA at Cardiff was invaluable for me.'
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'I chose to study for my MA in Applied Linguistics at Cardiff because of the excellent reputation of the department and the combination of modules offered.The experience of studying for an MA at Cardiff was invaluable for me. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time, thanks to the expertise and friendly approach of the staff in the department. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!'
First or upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent.
Suitable for graduates in language-related disciplines, or with relevant language-related experience, including language teaching.
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Next intake: September each year
Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Office, Timothy Collins
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4722