MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching

Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is a one year postgraduate degree program taught in English.

About UNNC

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by The University of Nottingham with cooperation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

The University of Nottingham is in the top one percent of more than 7,500 higher education institutions worldwide and league tables consistently rank the University highly. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

This postgraduate programme represents a one year full-time (or part-time) advanced study of the current state of scholarship in language study and linguistics, with a particular emphasis on English language teaching and pedagogical applications. It provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary and sub-disciplinary dimensions of linguistics, and offers students the ability to develop a critical facility in applying theoretical models and frameworks in language study. It draws on students’ teaching experience and encourages reflection and development in pedagogy. It differs from its sister MA in Applied Linguistics only in the experience brought by the student to the programme, and in the dissertation topic required.

Students take 180 credits worth of modules, including the dissertation element (60c). Students are required to take the module Approaches to Language and Linguistics (15c) and the module Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (15c). Students can choose an additional 90 credits from a range of taught elective modules.

The degree equips students with a very high level of knowledge and skills in applied linguistics, critical and adaptable thinking. It is an excellent preparation for doctoral research study.

Entry Requirements

  • A good honours degree (usually a 2:1) in a relevant subject
  • If you are not a native English speaker, or have not studied a degree taught in English at a recognised insitution, then the following English Language requirement will apply:

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or TOEFL IBT: 100 (no less than 19 in any element)

A minimum of two years approved teaching experience (or equivalent).

Start Date of the program


Application Deadline

15th July

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the 1 year masters program is RMB90000.


The University has several buildings designated for international students, building 11, 18 and 20. All rooms are fully furnished and equipped with air conditioning and a telephone and computer point; enabling students to make and receive telephone calls and access the University’s data network from their bedrooms. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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