Applied Linguistics MA

About the course

The MA in Applied Linguistics offers an advanced level professional qualification for practising and aspiring teachers of English, but also for second language (L2) materials developers, assessment and examination/test paper writers and researchers in Applied Linguistics.

This course is designed for those who wish to start or further their career in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, but do not wish to take observed and assessed teaching practice. It is also for non-native speakers of English whose language level is equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall.

Applied Linguistics - MA - Bedford Campus

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study areas such as the relationship between linguistics and second language learning, the methodology and techniques of language teaching and the appropriateness and development of materials for language teaching and learning purposes.
  • Examine various current issues in English language Teaching (ELT) and carry out a major piece of individual research on a topic of your interest.
  • Develop your understanding of the language systems of English: Phonology, Grammar, Lexis and Morphology.
  • Gain relevant and practical classroom experience as well as professional practical experience with a work placement programme.
  • Benefit from links with our prolific and highly successful Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), a world-leading research centre in language testing and programme evaluation.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Assessment And Accreditation (LNG026-6) Compulsory
  • Dissertation In Applied Linguistics And Elt (LNG035-6) Compulsory
  • Exploring Research: Concepts And Methods (LNG004-6) Compulsory
  • Issues In Second Language Acquisitions (LNG020-6) Compulsory
  • L2 Materials Development (LNG025-6) Compulsory
  • Professional Practices (LNG033-6) Compulsory
  • The Language System And Language Teaching (LNG036-6) Compulsory
  • The Methodology Of Language Teaching (LNG012-6) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

A variety of group and individual assessments are used throughout the duration of the course, which underline research and independent thinking, critical knowledge theory and practice and the ability to make informed decisions. This is relevant to the intended learning outcomes of our programme.

The following are some examples:

  • Academic papers,
  • Oral presentations,
  • Materials evaluation and production for language teaching and learning purposes;
  • In-class tests and examinations;
  • Professional Practice Report.

Academic papers: the core unit LNG012-6 the Methodology of Language Teaching requires the students to produce two academic papers, one of which is based on critically evaluating approaches and methods for language teaching and learning purposes. Students have to demonstrate their understanding of existing relevant literature using it to support/contrast their critical analysis of an approach of their choice.

Oral presentations: assessment for a few units includes an oral presentations and two examples are: the oral presentation for the new Professional Practices unit (please refer to relevant UIF) and the other is a presentation for our Postgraduate Conference focusing on your dissertation proposal to form the programme for our internal conference. This counts 10% of your final grade together with 90% for the written project.

Materials evaluation and production for language teaching and learning purposes: You are required to evaluate and produce materials for language teaching and learning purposes for at least two units offered as core in this programme LNG012-6 The Methodology of Language Teaching and LNG025-6 Materials Development for Language Teaching and Learning (please refer to relevant UIFs).

In-class tests and examinations: a core unit in this programme requires you to do your assessment in the form of in-class tests and examinations: the LNG011-6 The Language System and Language Teaching core unit which includes an in-class test as one of the assessment points (please refer to relevant UIF). This type of assessment generally requires you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of your reading under invigilation.

Professional Practice Report: the professional practices unit, for example, LNG033-6 Professional Practices involves actual work experience in a variety of forms: classroom observations, materials development assessment and test design.

The culmination of the course consists of a Dissertation/Project. This unit is based on independent work and focuses on substantial original research and on the application of theoretical knowledge to the ELT/TEFL context.

Entry requirements

Applicants with a recognised TEFL/TESOL certificate and/or relevant teaching experience will be considered.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

This MA in Applied Linguistics caters for those who are relatively new to English Language Teaching (ELT) or who want to develop their experience and research in a number of areas related to Applied Linguistics. It is specifically designed for those who are planning to become English Language teachers, those who wish to develop their knowledge and experience in Materials Development for language teaching and learning, and those who are looking to develop a critical insight into language assessment and testing.

This programme offers, therefore, distinct career advantages through professional career developments particularly emphasising its Continuing Professional Development (CPD), for example with the professional practice experience and with the development of materials made available as part of the Language Centre self-access resources and are piloted with students using such resources.

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

  • Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £12,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.


A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.


Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern muscle cell and molecular biology laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the genetics of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

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