Grad.Dip. Applied Linguistics with English for Academic Purposes

University of Essex

Tuition fee:
  • £ 4,400 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 4,400 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 9 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Our Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics with English for Academic Purposes provides you with the opportunity to combine English language and academic skills with key areas of applied linguistics. Our applied linguistics modules examine topics related to second language acquisition and learning, and the principles of teaching English as a foreign language. They also deal with the relationship between learning a first and a second language, language aptitude, language teaching methods, techniques, materials and testing. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, at the required level, will normally qualify you for entry to an appropriate Masters-level course in our Department of Language and Linguistics.

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, at the required level, will normally qualify you for entry to an appropriate Masters-level course in our Department of Language and Linguistics.

Career destinations

Our graduates go onto a number of careers where they can use the skills and knowledge gained by studying within our International Academy. In addition, our Graduate Certificate and Diplomas offer our international students an opportunity to excel in their chosen field by ensuring language proficiency alongside specialist input, allowing progression to both Masters and doctoral study.



Core modules
English For Academic Purposes
Methodology Of Teaching English As A Foreign Language
Research Methods
Second Language Learning

Compulsory modules
Advanced English For Academic Purposes
Extended English For Academic Purposes Project

Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.


Our applicants should have a good first honours degree, minimum of lower second class, or equivalent three-year higher education qualification, from a recognised institution.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


We offer many funding opportunities to support students, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships, bursaries and research council funding to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. Use our scholarship finder to see what support you could be entitled to before you embark on your studies with us.

The below scholarships and bursaries give you an idea of the range of scholarship we have on offer based on the criteria you have selected through our search facility. For more detailed information about the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for each scholarship or bursary, please click on the information below. The range and value of scholarships is subject to change.

* 50th Anniversary County of Essex Scholarship

Our County of Essex 50th Anniversary scholarship offers 25% discount on postgraduate fees in the 2014-15 academic year for those born, educated or living in Essex and in the first year of a full-time course. If you are identified as potentially eligible you will be contacted by our Graduate Admissions Office and asked to provide further evidence.

* Alumni Loyalty Discount

Amount: Discount on first year tuition fee depending on your Essex degree classification.

If you're an Essex graduate, applying for your first postgraduate study period at our University, then our Alumni Loyalty Discount will reduce your first year tuition fees by 33 per cent if you achieve a First, 25 per cent if you achieve a 2.1 or 10 per cent if you achieve a 2.2. If you have an Essex Masters degree and are applying for a second Masters at our University then discounts also apply.

* Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships are the UK governments global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

* Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting Scholarship

Amount: One thousand pounds

This scholarship is to support students studying for our PG Diploma/MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting. We are offering five competitive scholarships to support talented students who demonstrate excellent performance in previous qualifications and achieve a high aptitude score. Our Department of Language and Linguistics is internationally-recognised for expertise in the teaching of practical foreign language skills.

* Commonwealth Scholarship - Developing Countries

We participate in the Commonwealth Scholarships scheme for students from developing Commonwealth countries. These awards, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), are offered for Masters, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study in the UK.

* Santander Travel Bursaries and Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Banco Santander, through its Santander Universities scheme, has generously made bursaries and scholarships available for students undertaking study at a partner university and for research students/academic staff undertaking a period of research in certain countries.

* Sports Scholarship

Amount: Level of support based on needs analysis and performance status

Our Sports Scholarships provide structured support to teams and individuals, assisting talented student athletes to reach their full sporting potential.

* Squash High Performance Scholarship

The Squash Scholarship provides access to an extensive coaching programme and range of related support services for talented squash players. Please contact the Sports Centre for further information.

* Vice Chancellor's International Scholarship 2014-15

Amount: varies

Our Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship Fund supports overseas students who are funding their own studies at the University of Essex. The scholarship is off-set against your tuition fees for the first year of study.



Our International Academy offers some of the best routes for international students to enter higher education in the UK. Our innovative courses and programmes have proved very successful with international students and have also attracted home students because of the distinctive learning environment we offer.
Studying at university is exciting and rewarding, enabling you to study new and fascinating subjects in ways that may be different from those you have previously experienced. If you are an international student, you may find that the education system in the UK is slightly different from other countries and, sometimes, that the transition to the British system can be challenging. Our courses help you to settle in and adapt to life in the UK.
Our facilitiesBy studying within our International Academy, you will have access to our Universitys main library and also to our International Academys Learning Resource Centre. Our Department of Language and Linguistics Spicer Library is also open to our postgraduates.
There are computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials.

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