Applied Linguistics, MA Postgraduate prospectus

  • Reflect on and develop an understanding of the key concepts and issues related to applied linguistics.
  • Analyse theoretical frameworks and research that relate to applied linguistics (e.g. second language acquisition, translation studies, mental representation of language).
  • Develop the skills and knowledge of research methods in applied linguistics to enable you to conduct your own research project.

UCAS points



1 years full time

2 years part time



Our MA Applied Linguistics programme has been designed to engage students in a wide range of topics, issues and perspectives within the field; offering graduates the opportunity to enhance both professional and academic knowledge and skills. 

This programme will be of interest to those who work or who wish to work in language-related professions, such as professional translating, the IT industry, education and language policy, language teaching, and publishing, or who wish to pursue further academic research at doctoral level.

The programme provides opportunities for students to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Advanced knowledge of differing theoretical approaches to contemporary issues in applied linguistics
  • An understanding of cross-linguistic variation and its relevance to applied linguistics
  • A theoretical perspective on the use of ICT in second language acquisition
  • An understanding of the mechanisms underlying human language
  • A theoretical perspective on translation practices
  • An understanding of current issues in bilingualism from linguistic/psycholinguistic perspectives
  • The ability to carry out a sustained piece of independent research on a relevant topic.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should typically have:

An undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant humanities or social sciences subject (or non-UK equivalent). Other areas may also be considered as suitable.

Applicants may be invited for an interview.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test. For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

Applicants whose IELTS scores fall below the required levels may be eligible for a conditional offer dependent on successfully completing a Pre-sessional English course (also available at the University of Greenwich).

Extra information


Students are assessed through a range of assessment methods depending on the course. These may include:

  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Problem sets
  • Examinations
  • Research plans
  • A final dissertation. 

Please see the individual course pages above for further information.

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