Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching

MA ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


There is an increasing demand for teachers of English worldwide, and the sector is no longer dominated by native English speaking teachers. The Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching programme is aimed at pre-service teachers who want to learn the theory and practice of English Language teaching, and at in-service teachers who want to deepen their understanding of theories underlying the teaching of English language.

If you want to teach in higher education or private schools we can help you to gain a professional qualification (at your expense), such as a Certificate in English Language to Adults (CELTA) in addition to your masters award.

You will study the basic methods and theories of language teaching and language learning in the two core modules of ‘Approaches & Methods in English Language Teaching’ and ‘Second Language Acquisition’, which will provide a base from which you can then specialise. Optional modules cover topics such as curriculum design and materials evaluation, educational technologies and software, the teaching of English in professional and academic contexts, research methods in Applied Linguistics, discourse analysis, or, for native English speakers in particular, the fundamentals of English language, grammar and vocabulary.

  • You will be encouraged to reflect on language teaching and learning by becoming a language learner yourself: as part of the programme, you are required to study a foreign language for both semesters;
  • You will have opportunities to observe English language teaching in real classroom situations, and to reflect on good practice;
  • You will receive a thorough grounding in the theoretical aspects of language teaching and learning;
  • You will have opportunities to apply these theories by micro-teaching in a peer based environment.

Why study your MA in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching with us?

Queen Mary consistently ranks highly in the National Student Survey. In 2011, our undergraduate language courses were ranked in the top ten across the country for overall student satisfaction. In addition:

  • You will have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular events both in the College and in London; this includes a series of guest lectures from English Language Teaching professionals, the Language Centre Reading Group, and participation in BALEAP (the Global forum for professionals involved in English for Academic Purposes).
  • You will obtain a University of London degree from a prestigious Russell Group institution, recognised internationally as a guarantee of quality.
  • All your lecturers in this programme are also practitioner teachers and therefore you will benefit from the most up-to-date expertise in English language teaching.

You will profit from London's international English-speaking environment to perfect your own language skills and to interact with students and staff in an exciting multicultural environment.


You will have access to postgraduate only facilities which include the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre dedicated solely to the use of graduate students, with the use of a common room and interdisciplinary training workshops. The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You can also make use of Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

You also have free access to the superb collections of the University of London Library at Senate House, such as the Eliot Phelips Collection of early printed Spanish books. The many other specialist libraries of the institution, such as the libraries of the British Film Institute, the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes or the social sciences library at the LSE, provide additional breadth. The incomparable resources of the British Library are close at hand, while London’s cultural resources facilitate research in our specialist fields.

Multimedia Language Resource Centre

You will have access to the Language Learning Centre, which has three computerised multimedia language learning laboratories. Each is equipped with Televic AVIDA net Tenjin systems, satellite TV at every workstation and Smart board interactive whiteboards. The Centre also has two mini labs equipped with similar systems, which are ideal for small group tutorial work and intensive practice. This hi-tech teaching facility is here to support you in your language teaching and learning and also provides a multimedia self access centre where you can pursue your own learning goals.

Graduate students can also attend interdisciplinary training workshops offered throughout the year by the Faculty, on such topics as writing journal articles, research ethics, preparing for an academic career, enterprise skills, and knowledge transfer.


The MA in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study.

Core Modules

  • Approaches and methods in English Language Teaching
  • Second language acquisition
  • MA dissertation

Depending on personal preferences of future career plans, students can choose to write a standard, research-oriented dissertation, or a practice-based dissertation:

  • MA Dissertation in English Language Teaching / Standard (Research) Pathway
  • MA Dissertation in English Language Teaching / Professional Qualification Pathway

The Professional Qualification Pathway allows you to study for an intensive, professional qualification in English Language Teaching, such as the Cambridge CELTA, at your own expense and after the end of the taught modules in May or June, and to reflect on this experience of teaching within the framework of the language teaching and learning theories that you have studied on the MA programme.

Optional modules

You will choose two optional modules per semester, and may also be offered a number of MA Linguistics options.

  • Description of Language (Semester 1)
  • Curriculum Design and Materials Evaluation (Semester 1)
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (Semester 2)
  • Multimedia Materials Development (Semester 2)
  • Teaching English in Professional and Academic Settings (TEPAS) (Semester 2)

Entry requirements

You will need a first class or good upper second class honours degree, preferably in an area such as comparative literature, languages, English, philosophy, classics, or history, though other areas might be considered as suitable. Knowledge of one or more languages other than English is desirable, though not a requirement. Applications from graduates from other countries are welcome. Where English is not your first language, you will need to be highly proficient in English for academic purposes.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Each module has an outline description, giving the aims, expected learning outcomes, assessment methods, outline syllabus and indication of primary reading.

Independent study

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further five to six hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, completing projects and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


A wide range of assessment techniques will also be used. These will include: essays; formative assessment; learning log; presentations; and practical tasks such as material development. Clear guidance on coursework requirements is given emphasising approaches to coursework of various types and the avoidance of plagiarism. Standard College procedures are followed in the setting and marking of examinations and in the determination of overall results.


You will also be assessed on a supervised 10,000 to 12,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,150
Part time £4,575

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,350
Part time £8,175

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717


"Starting my masters program straight after having graduated was a great decision. This year I have grown academically much more than I was expecting. The variety of modules choices is great, being able to widen the area of knowledge, not just about teaching, but also about linguistics in general. My academic writing skills have been significantly improved, as well as time management skills and the ability to work independently. I now feel confident to start my career with the set of skills and knowledge acquired during the course. " Theodora, MA Applied Linguistics in English Language Teaching 2018


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