School of Social Sciences

English Language

MA in Applied Linguistics / TESOL


The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL is designed to develop an advanced level of the relevant skills for their appropriate use in a range of educational, media, government and cultural sector settings. The programme aims to provide students with analytical and critical skills necessary for postgraduate study and/or educational, media, government and cultural sector work in a variety of occupational roles, including but not limited to secondary school/university teaching, journalism, publishing, translation, government and administration, non-governmental organisations, education consultancy and advisory capacities. The focus of the programme is on stimulating the further intellectual and philological development of students through comprehensive curriculum in Applied Linguistics with TESOL focus. It is expected that graduates will contribute to an improvement in the quality of educational service in Iraqi Kurdistan.


The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics/TESOL is an 18- to 24-month (3 or 4 semesters) programme which presumes full-time study, 180 credits in one academic year. The second year or six months of the second year is devoted to work on MA dissertation on a topic of Applied Linguistics/TESOL, which should typically be between 30,000 and 40,000 words. Candidates who successfully pass all taught courses of 120 credits in total but do not submit a dissertation or receive a no-pass mark for a dissertation may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Only students who successfully complete the coursework and the dissertation will be awarded a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics/TESOL. 


The programme consists of the following modules subject to faculty availability:

Research Methods

Applied Linguistics

Material Development and Curriculum Design

Contemporary Issues in Applied Linguistics & TESOL

TESOL and Teaching Methodology

English for Academic and Specific Purposes

Cross-Cultural Communication

Discourse Analysis

Skills Development

The main aims of MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL are to:

·         provide an advanced, wide-ranging study of English language as well as Applied Linguistics, and teaching methodology;

·         promote understanding of the nature of human language and its importance in teaching languages, particularly English to speakers of other languages;

·          facilitate the ability to apply theoretical perspectives to texts;

·         develop advanced skills in bringing up arguments, synthetizing and critically expressing opinions;

·         enhance advanced skills of research and presentation specific to English language; build scientific basis for further Doctorate research;

·         develop and assess the ideas of reading, re-reading and interpretation;

·         examine contemporary critical developments in Applied Linguistics focused on TESOL;

·         conduct specific research of a certain theory, trend and their application in the field of Applied Linguistics and Teaching English Language in particular.

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

1. BA in English or related fields with an overall average of 60% or above

Note:  Equalized transcript is required for students who have graduated from international institutions

2. Minimum English Language requirement for Masters in Applied Linguistics/TESOL is PTE Academic score of 58 , 6.5 in IELTS, or 86 in iBT-TOEFL.

3. Scheduled Interview with the Department of Chosen Programme

4. School Entrance Test

Note: For AY 2021-22 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.

Tuition Fee

$6,000 per programme

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