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Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (with Delta) MA

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The Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching MA is for experienced teachers wanting to learn more about current ELT/ESL research, theory, pedagogy and practice.

The course offers you an excellent opportunity to further your career in ELT and develop expertise in specialist fields such as language assessment and testing, materials development, teaching EAP, teacher education and teaching English as a lingua franca.

This MA course has three different pathways: the original MA course, fast-track route for applicants already holding the Cambridge Delta or Trinity House Diploma in ELT (advertised separately) and a Delta route, offered in conjunction with International House London. This route leads to the award of the Cambridge Delta, in addition to the MA itself.

Key Benefits

  • The unique opportunity to gain a Delta qualification concurrently with a face-to-face theory and research-focused MA.

  • The course is run in collaboration with International House London, the leading UK based provider for ELT teaching awards with an international reputation as a centre for excellence as a Delta provider.

  • Opportunities to expand your knowledge of current theoretical and practical aspects of language teaching.

  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive course-specific training in research methods and academic writing.

  • Exchange ideas with other experienced language teaching professionals from many different backgrounds.

  • Opportunities to develop professional expertise relevant to your career development in areas such as EAP, teacher education, materials development, language testing and assessment, teaching English as a lingua franca.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course leaders Dr Martin Dewey

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department School of Education, Communication & Society



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Course detail


The Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (with Delta) course offers you opportunities to explore current research and specialist areas such as teacher education, materials development, teaching English for academic purposes, language testing and assessment, and teaching English as a lingua franca.

You will study required modules covering language-teaching methodology and curriculum design, linguistic analysis for language teaching, issues in language acquisition and use (sociolinguistics and aspects of second language learning) and research methods. We also place emphasis on the view of informed teaching and the need for teachers to mediate between theory and practice in constructing pedagogies according to specific teaching-learning situations.

You will additionally undertake a practicum at International House London, the leading UK based provider for ELT teaching awards, who also have an international reputation as a centre for excellence as a Delta provider. Successful candidates will be awarded the Cambridge English Delta, in addition to the MA.

Course format and assessment


Per 30 credit module you can typically expect 40 hours (20 hours per 15 credit module). These sessions may include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study, in addition to other practical, technical and analytical activities. In addition to this you can expect 260 hours worth of self study for a 30 credit module and 130 hours worth of self study for a 15 credit module.

Per 30 credit teaching practicum, which is offered by International House London, you can expect a minimum of 48 hours of contact time, which is typically taught in groups of up to 5 students. In addition to this you can expect up to 252 hours worth of self study time, including some teaching practice observation.

For our Academic study skills workshops, you can expect nine hours worth of lectures, seminars and feedback.

For the Dissertation module, you can typically expect seven hours of individual dissertation supervision and a two hour dissertation workshop. In addition to this you can expect 591 hours worth of self study.

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.



You will be assessed through a combination of essays, language analysis tasks, exams and oral presentations. The dissertation will be assessed by one 15,000-word extended piece of writing




Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to date innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

If you are following the two-year course, you will normally take Principles and Practices in Second/Foreign Language Teaching (30 credits) and Second/Additional Language Acquisition (15 credits) during Year 1, and Linguistic Analysis for Language Teaching (30 credits), IH London practicum (30 credits) and Research Methods and Dissertation in Applied Linguistics/Language Learning and Teaching(60 credits) during Year 2. 

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 15 credits of optional modules, which may typically include:

If you are following the two-year course, you will normally take your 15 credit optional module during Year 2. 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Applied Linguistics and EL DELTA
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

 A 2:1 class honours degree is usually required in a relevant subject (including, but not limited to, a modern foreign language, English, Education, Linguistics, etc.). If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip).

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Professional requirements   All applicants should also have experience equivalent to three years full-time in language teaching or a related post.  


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Applications should include one professional and one academic reference as well as details of teaching experience. All applications are considered by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of staff. Home students may be invited for interview and both home and international students may be asked to complete a short academic writing task. We endeavour to process all applications within four weeks of receipt in the department.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. The personal statement should describe your teaching experience so far and discuss how you feel this MA will build on your experience, as well as how it might contribute to your future career plans.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £10,200 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,600 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £5,100 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,300 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates have found that their promotion opportunities have been greatly enhanced by this advanced qualification. More recently, some of our graduates have returned to take up MPhil/PhD studies. 

Career destinations

Typical career destinations include the following:

  • English Teacher
  • Director of Studies
  • Education Programme Specialist


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