Communication and applied linguistics students using language lab equipment
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time, Part-time by distance learning
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, 3 years part-time by distance learning
Start Date
September 2019, January 2020


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).

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

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.

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:

  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • 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 module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Theory and Practice of Communication
  • Analysing Discourse
  • Dissertation

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.

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.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • 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

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:

  • essays
  • projects
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • dissertation

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.

​Course costs

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)

International students

  • 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. 

Additional costs

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.


You can start this course in September (full time, part time or distance learning) or January (distance learning only).

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 

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