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MA/Diploma in Applied Linguistics

MA Class

The MA/Diploma in Applied Linguistics is available as a full-time or part-time modular scheme within the Centre for Language and Communication Research.

The full-time MA programme lasts one calendar year and comprises taught courses over two semesters followed by a supervised dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words, to be completed between May and September.  The part-time programme lasts just over two calendar years, with three taught modules between October and May in each of years one and two and a dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words, to be completed between May of year two and the following January.

The full-time and part-time Diploma programmes offer a reduced version of the MA comprising the taught modules only.

Applicants for the MA/Diploma should hold a university degree or equivalent qualifications or experience. Speakers whose first language is not English are normally expected to have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall.

Who is the Degree For?

The MA/Diploma is intended for anyone with a professional interest in the use of language.  As well as its relevance to all aspects of Second Language Teaching, from classroom practice to materials design, the programme has much wider applications within such fields as publishing, journalism, communications and administration.  It will also form a sound basis for those wishing to specialise in areas such as speech therapy, translation and interpretation, lexicography and natural language generation.

Structure of the Scheme

Stage One (MA and Diploma students)
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:

Stage Two (MA students only)
A written dissertation of between 14,000 and 20,000 words on a relevant area of study.

The Centre for Language and Communication Research has a well-established reputation in a number of teaching and research areas related to sociolinguistics, lexicogrammar, language education, computational linguistics, journalism, and mass communications. The Centre has been awarded the highest rating in the UK universities research and teaching quality assessments, with a research rating of 5 and a teaching quality rating of Excellent.

The School welcomes applications from students from outside the United Kingdom. More information is provided on our International Students page.

How to Apply

You may apply online or send us a paper application form (also available from the 'Apply' section of Cardiff University's website). Applications are considered on a continuous basis throughout the year.

The School welcomes applications from students from outside the United Kingdom. More information is provided on our International Students page.

Funding

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Student Views

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