• The MA courses by web-based distance learning build on the international reputation of School of English Studies at Nottingham as one of the foremost centres for English Language research in the world.
• The course is taught using a course tool software called WebCT. It is also supported by extensive online resources, course materials and teaching.
• The programme is recognised by the ESRC and offers an excellent route towards pursuing a PhD.
• This MA is convened in the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics and is among the most popular postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK.
• The MA in Applied Linguistics is also available as a taught full- or part-time course within the University
The web-based MA in Applied Linguistics explores the role of language in human affairs using a variety of approaches, ranging from discourse analysis to corpus linguistics. With a particular focus on research methodology, this programme offers an opportunity for investigating language and communication from an interdisciplinary angle.
You will be taught using the latest advances in online teaching methods and electronic resources.
Typical modules on this course include topics such as:
• Descriptive Linguistic Analysis
• Syllabus Design and Methodology
• Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
• English Vocabulary: Teaching and Learning
• World Englishes
• Discourse Analysis
• Language and Gender
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
Towards the end of your studies, you will complete a supervised dissertation. This is a major piece of advanced independent research, which you will undertake with the supervision of a specialist in your chosen area. We will provide you with advice and guidance while you select and refine your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research and your MA.
This course can be taken on a full-time basis over 12 months or part-time over 24 to 48 months. Part-time study is strongly recommended.
The MA begins with a preparation in Descriptive Linguistic Analysis (30 credits) followed by a further 90 credits in optional modules (which can be begun at any time of the year and completed as quickly or as slowly as required within guidelines).
Course materials and teaching for this course are available over the Internet.
All taught modules are assessed by written work of around 3,000 words or equivalent (for a 15-credit module). Tutors provide feedback on practice exercises as preparation, and detailed comments on assignments.
The dissertation module is assessed by written work of 12,000 - 15,000 words.
You will have access to many online resources, as well as your own personal tutor for each module that you take. Particular features of the programme include:
• a theoretical grounding in research methodology and linguistic description
• one-to-one tuition with expert members of staff
• an online discussion board and forum
• innovative and engaging teaching methods
• access to many online resources
• great flexibility in course content, optionality, and changes in direction.
All MA students in the School of English Studies join a lively and thriving postgraduate community. As such, you will be invited to attend a voluntary `Weekend-School` each summer, giving you a chance to meet other students in the School face-to-face.