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Applied Linguistics (MA/PgDip)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

Offers knowledge and expertise to take you onto a role in any profession requiring specialised language awareness, including language teaching.

Special Features

A well-established reputation in a number of teaching and research areas related to sociolinguistics, lexicogrammar, phonology, language education and computational linguistics.

Course Description

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.

In addition to the three compulsory modules of Research Foundations, Language Description and Phonology, students select three modules from the list below (modules may vary slightly year-on-year, according to staff availability, etc):

Special Features

A well-established reputation in a number of teaching and research areas related to sociolinguistics, lexicogrammar, phonology, language education and computational linguistics.

Skills Acquired

Analytical and critical skills, language skills, and writing and presentation skills will be acquired through completion of the MA.

Career Prospects

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.

Student Testimonial

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!

Sam Austen, Applied Linguistics MA graduate

Entry Requirements

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.

Funding

The School is offering Pathway to PhD Scholarships to Home/EU students.

These are full scholarships (fee waiver, plus a stipend worth £9,680) for outstanding graduates who wish to undertake an MA with us as a preparation for a bid for PhD funding from one of the two PhD training consortia in which Cardiff is involved. These are the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, suitable for students of English Language & Literature or Philosophy, and the Linguistics pathway of the Wales Doctoral Training Centre.

Individualised assistance in developing your research proposal will form part of your training under the MA programme.

Further information about the Pathway to PhD Scholarships and details of how to apply can be found on our Postgraduate Taught Scholarships page.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £5,730.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £2,865.00
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £13,500.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £6,750.00

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Office  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4722 

Fax:  

Email: encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://cardiff.ac.uk/encap/

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