Master of Science by Coursework in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

  • 1. Candidates may normally only be admitted to the course if they have successfully obtained an honours degree in a discipline related to applied linguistics.

  • 2. The course shall consist of eight taught modules and a dissertation. 

  • 3. An electronic copy of each of the four Michaelmas Term assignments must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the Higher Degrees Weblearn no later than noon on the Friday of Week 0 Hilary Term, and an electronic copy of each of the four Hilary Term assignments must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the Higher Degrees Weblearn no later than noon on the Friday of Week 0 of Trinity Term. Part-time students must submit assignments for two modules on each of these occasions over a period of two years.

  • 4. Candidates will also be required to submit a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words (including footnotes/endnotes but excluding appendices and references or bibliography) on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor, which must be closely related to one or more of the themes of the course.  The subject and title selected by the candidate must be approved by the Course Director at a time to be announced at the beginning of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

  • 5.  Two soft bound, word processed or printed copies of the dissertation must be delivered to the Chair of the Examiners, M.Sc. in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, OX2 6PY not later than noon on the last Friday of August of the year in which the final Module examination has been taken. These copies should be anonymous except for the candidate number and must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate’s own work. Candidates will also be required to submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to Weblearn by noon on the same day and to submit a hardbound copy of the dissertation to the Department of Education no later than one week after submission of the softbound copies to the Examination Schools. The hard bound copy of the dissertation of each candidate who passes the examination shall be retained by the department for deposit in the departmental library.

  • 6. If a candidate receives a failing mark for any of the summative assessments, they may resubmit the assessment on one further occasion, either by a date for resubmission which will be published by the Course Director when the results are released, and will be no sooner than 6 weeks from the release of the results, or when the assessment is next examined the following year. If a candidate fails the dissertation, they may resubmit the dissertation one further time on the next occasion when this is examined. Candidates who fail any modules or the dissertation at the first attempt cannot normally be awarded more than 50 at resubmission.

  • 7. The candidate may also be examined orally. The oral examination will normally be on the candidate's dissertation.

  • 8. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.