MA Applied English (Online)

Our MA Applied English course is delivered through an immersive digital platform, so you can learn at your own pace, in your own space. You can deepen your understanding of English Literature, Linguistics, and Drama, with the flexibility to personalise your studies to match your interests and goals.




Modified learning

You shape your studies. Choose broad or highly specialised modules - with the flexibility to change your mind along the way.


Learn on the go

With an online course, you decide where you study. The perfect option for busy people who are always on the go.


Finance Flexibility

With three fee submission points throughout the year, you can spread payments to suit you.



" I think because there’s more choice on the Applied English MA than more traditional MA routes, it really helps you find your areas of focus because you can try so many different areas of study. And the formative feedback along the way, including willingness of pod tutors to look at small pieces of work up to 500 words, is brilliant. My only regret is I can’t go and do another 12 pods! "



Course Summary

This unique distance learning course goes beyond modules and essays. Your study is broken down into individual 'pods' created by subject matter experts, each designed to deepen your knowledge of the field. You have the freedom to specialise in a passion area or go cross disciplinary for a truly unique path.Our range of pods cover disciplines including:

Our range of pods cover disciplines including:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Literature from the medieval era to contemporary global writing
  • Drama
  • Viking Studies
  • Name-Studies

If you complete the full course, you'll earn a Master's degree. Depending on the pods you choose(with your tutor's help), your final qualification could be:

  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching
  • MA English Literature
  • MA Literary Linguistics
  • MA Medieval Englishes
  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • MA Name-Studies
  • MA Norse and Viking Studies
  • MA Professional Communication
  • MA World Literatures


There’s also flexibility in the award system. If you leave at the end of the first phase of the course, you'll be awarded a PG Certificate, and if you leave at the end of the second phase, you'll receive a PG Diploma.


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A flexible, bespoke course that perfectly matches your interests and ambitions!

This course will allow you to deepen your understanding of English Literature, Linguistics, Drama, Viking Studies and more. With support from a personal advisor, you’ll go beyond ‘curriculum’ to design a programme of study that matches your interests and goals.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for busy people who want to learn at their own pace. You can access our engaging, expert-taught course content from your phone while you travel the world, or on your laptop whilst enjoying a latte in your favourite cafe.


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Trial modules

Old Norse Language

Explore the principles of Old Norse grammar, and gain skills in reading and translating medieval languages.

Literary Linguistics

Apply and evaluate key linguistic approaches to language and literature through linguistic explorations of poetry, prose, and drama from a wide range of historical periods.


Southeast Asian literature

Build an understanding of how literary texts are imbricated with their national contexts and literary traditions, and how they engage with the Southeast Asian region more broadly.

The Language of English place names

Discover the study of English place-names, including onomastic research methodology, and how historical linguistics relate to English settlement history.


Core concepts in linguistics

Develop key skills in applying linguistic theories and analytical frameworks to natural language - including how to transcribe and analyse the sound patterns of even unfamiliar languages.

English Language Teaching methodology

Discover English language teaching (ELT) methodology for a wide range of learners and contexts, which could also be applied to the teaching of other languages.



Explore the historical and folkloric origins of the vampire myth and trace its evolution from the late eighteenth century to contemporary cultural productions.

Medieval Geographies

Explore representations of space and place in medieval literature and culture, using a wide range of literature from across the medieval period in Europe.



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Why University of Nottingham?

The University of Nottingham is a world-renowed, pioneering Russell Group university that is home to expectional research and an outstanding student experience.

Our School of English has a first-rate international reputation, led by an award-winning team recognised for its innovation in teaching.

75% of postgraduates from Nottingham’s School of English secured graduate-level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation.

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Career Opportunities include




Push your teaching practice to the next
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Take the next step in your publishing
career by focusing on media, creative
writing, and particular audiences.


Theatre Production

Thrive in the theatre with a focus on
performance, drama, and the stage.





Specialise in linguistics and how to be
persuasive, submitting creative
copywriting assignments as part of your


PR and communications

Learn how to shape public perception
through effective public relations
communication through media release


History and heritage

Focus on medieval or Viking studies to
expand your knowledge of history.







" The MA offers a wide range of choices for the student and they are presented in an orginal, modern and highly interactive way. "

Kathryn, PhD student and former MA English distance learner




How is this course tailored to you?




Flexibility is key

Study broad and diverse, or highly
specialised - with flexiblity to chance
along the way.


More choice

Choose how you’re assessed and
play to your strengths. From
presentations and reflective logs to
traditional essays and project
proposals – the choice is yours.


Choose your deadline dates

We know set deadlines can be
challenging, so you have the freedom to
choose from three submission points
throughout the year




Decision is yours

Submit your choice of assessment type,
from presentations to blog posts, traditional essays
to teaching plans.


Global learner

Conduct your studies from
anywhere, with our immersive, any-
device digital learning environment.


We’re always here for you

Receive one-on-one support from
expert academics and a dedicated
personal advisor.





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University of Nottingham has made every effort to ensure that the information on this webpage is accurate at the time of publishing.

Changes - for example to course content - are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore important you refer to the full course details before applying.