University of Huddersfield
English Language and Applied Linguistics MA
University of Huddersfield

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This course is designed to develop your knowledge of how language works, in particular the English language, enabling you to describe and analyse English and other languages with accuracy and insight.

You’ll gain a solid understanding of phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and explore how that knowledge can be applied to the practical analysis of spoken and written, literary and non-literary texts.

We place particular emphasis on analysing language in real-world contexts. Modules reflect staff expertise, which means you have the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research in your area of interest.

We have a vibrant research community of national and international students, who often collaborate on projects and present their work within the supportive environment of our annual postgraduate conference. We hold a regular research seminar programme, with presentations by staff, students and visiting guest speakers, and organise and host conferences reflecting our own research interests.

Our staff have links with scholars at many top-ranking universities worldwide, from the United States of America to the Far East. Members of staff are on the committees of significant professional organisations (such as PALA – the Poetics and Linguistics Association ( - and edit major journals such as the leading stylistics journal, Language and Literature (

For more information about our research areas of interest visit our Linguistics and Modern Languages research pages (

Please note: the inclusion of 'Applied' in the course title refers to the application of Linguistics across a broad range of 'real world' activity and does not imply the narrower pedagogical meaning often associated primarily with TESOL. If you are interested in teacher training courses, then please visit the University's School of Education and Professional Development (

We use a range of assessment methods, including formative and summative assignments. Summative assessment methods include essays, reports of original research, short-answer tests and presentations. You will also complete a dissertation for the dissertation module. Formative assessment methods may include participation in group exercises, critical evaluation of published texts, and analysis of data. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
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Entry requirements for this course are normally: * An Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject. * Other relevant qualifications and/or experience may be considered.


Tuition Fees English Language and Applied Linguistics MA

England UK £6900 year 1
Northern Ireland £6900 year 1
Scotland £6900 year 1
Wales £6900 year 1
Channel Islands £6900 year 1
EU £16000 year 1
International £16000 year 1

Additional fee information

This information is for applicants applying to study at the University of Huddersfield in the academic year 2021/22. Please note that your tuition fees for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation RPI-X. This webpage will be updated with 2022/23 tuition fees as information becomes available.

If you are an EU or International student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available

Please email the Student Finance Office [email protected] or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

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About University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield is a research university which is maintained through public funding, based in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England. The university’s main campus, known as Queensgate, is located within just five minute’s walking distance of Huddersfield city centre. In addition, there are two other campuses used for distinct functions, the Oldham campus and the Barnsley campus.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Queensgate
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