MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching (English and Chinese)


Central London Location


Small Class Sizes

Richmond The American University in London

Optional International Internships

Flexible Curriculum at Richmond University

Internationally Recognised Teaching

MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching (English and Chinese) – starting Fall 2018

Programme Overview

Richmond University’s MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching aims to provide a high quality professional education.  It has been designed to prepare candidates for a career as competent and reflective language teachers/researchers in the UK and internationally.

MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching with its Chinese and English pathways is based upon a 3-CA Principle (Communicative Approach, Contrastive Analysis and Culture Awareness) in language learning and teaching, with emphasis on developing innovative teaching methods and techniques suited to target language learners. The primary focus and strength of this programme is developing knowledge and skills in language teachers so that they can best facilitate the learning of Chinese or English languages.

The programme brings academics, applied linguists, and language teaching practitioners together to offer:

  • a thorough grounding in theoretical and methodological issues related to the learning and teaching of language,
  • a firm understanding of the impacts that language policy and technologies have on language learning and teaching,

It is designed to:

  • equip students with professional language teaching skills and experience that prepare them for a rewarding future career,
  • develop an enhanced awareness and practical competence in conducting applied research to solve problems encountered in teaching in today’s multilingual societies

Students are encouraged to complete an internship in order to gain more practical skills and to apply their knowledge in the workplace.

The Accredited Internship

The Accredited Internship provides an invaluable opportunity for students to deploy the knowledge and skills learned in courses in a real world setting.  Although internship opportunities may exclude direct language teaching in certain sponsoring organisations, all are related to language learning and teaching. Students will be challenged to relate classroom situations to the workplace, make contacts valuable to their future employment prospects, and gain confidence in their capabilities, creativity and communication skills. The Internship is supervised, and students are required to reflect on what they have learned and how it is relevant to what they are doing on the internship programme.  Students are assessed through a combination of regular logs, oral presentation and critical reflective writing on their experiences. In an increasingly competitive graduate careers market, internships are an invaluable opportunity that not only supplement the theoretical lessons of the programme but also provide a direct link to careers and further opportunities. The internship is conducted in the Summer months.

Entry requirements

US Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an overseas equivalent as determined by the University. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required. Students who are neither nationals of a majority English speaking country, nor have completed a full programme equivalent to a UK first degree taught within such a country, proof of English language proficiency is required (see postgraduate admission). Students who apply for the Chinese pathway but are neither nationals of a Chinese speaking country or region, nor have completed a full programme in Chinese equivalent to a UK first degree taught in a recognised university outside such a country, should normally have achieved at least HSK 5 and HSKK Intermediate level.

How to Apply

How do I Apply?

For Masters programmes you may choose one of two application routes:

The Direct Application Form to make a single application to Richmond

UKPASS if you wish to apply to other UK Universities who are part of the UKPASS scheme as well


Find out more about Postgraduate Scholarships

Duration: FT (one year)

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.

Tuition Fees: 2017/18 & 2018/19 entry per annum, students from:


£7,000 FT

£3,500 PT

Rest of the World


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Postgraduate Prospectus