Communication and Applied Linguistics MA
MA Communication and Applied Linguistics
If you want to be an excellent communicator, or enhance your communication skills to further your career, then our Communication and Applied Linguistics MA is for you. You can study this course either full or part time, whether on campus or through distance learning.
Confident communicators are always in demand in the business world, and this course has a practical emphasis, combining theory with the practice of communication, and focusing on English as the medium of communication.
When you graduate, you'll understand the nature and function of communication in the modern world, and will be able to produce text, whether written, spoken, printed or broadcast. You'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in various areas of communication, in fields such as business, commerce or the media.
You can start this course in September (full time, part time or distance learning) or January (distance learning only).
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Study communication in the modern world and produce, written, spoken, printed and broadcast text for different purposes, for example workplace, intercultural and digital communications
- Understand and use modern communication tools, including social media
- Produce a dissertation/major project
Careers and opportunities
The skills you'll develop on this course will further your career in a variety of areas of communication, including:
- Human resources
- Higher education
We aim to provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
What you'll study on this MA Communication and Applied Linguistics degree course
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Theory and Practice of Communication
- Analysing Discourse
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Technical Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- World Englishes
- Using Technology and Corpora in Language Teaching and Research
- Second Language Acquisition
- Professional Portfolio
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Work experience and career planning
We can help you identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your communication skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- independent research
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
You’ll get a timetable 4 weeks before the start of a teaching block.
You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Tuition fees (September 2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,500
- Part-time: £3,750 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Distance learning: £2,330 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £13,900
- Part-time: £6,950 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Distance learning: £1,690 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.