Applied Linguistics (specialisation in multilingualism)


  • The MA Applied Linguistics (specialisation in multilingualism) offers students a wealth of knowledge and transferable skills needed in a globalised world through the power of language.

Global multilingualism has only increased with the growth of communications technologies, travel, and international trade. This cross-disciplinary programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand multilingualism across the world, gain critical awareness of the issues surrounding language development, enhance intercultural communication abilities, and strengthen cooperation and collaboration among a wide range of diverse, international communities.

Why should I study Applied Linguistics ( Specialisation in Multilingualism) at XJTLU?

  • Learn from international staff who will introduce you to a range of perspectives on multilingualism from different disciplinary backgrounds, including linguistics, sociology, education, ethnography, etc.
  • Obtain an understanding of the most pertinent linguistic issues facing the world today while maintaining a local perspective.
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the Master of Applied Linguistics with a specialisation in multilingualism, you will have obtained the following:

  • Knowledge of the core perspectives, research strands, practices, and main approaches to multilingualism research
  • Comprehensive understanding of the significance of multilingualism to individuals, societies, and nations
  • Critical understanding of theoretical and empirical research in multilingualism
  • Skills needed to undertake language-based research of multilingual contexts.

MA Applied Linguistics (Multilingualism) will help our students develop deeper understandings of language in a globalizing world and a better mastery of language in practice. Having specialized, practical, and integrated knowledge within an interdisciplinary, glocal mindset, our students would be ready for further doctoral studies in & beyond applied linguistics, or employment in various administrative, communication, and educational settings with their trained analytical, interpersonal and intercultural skills.

Fengzhi Zhao

Programme Director


*Programme modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

The university offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Trainings, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both university and school/department levels. You may also be provided with opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Department of International Studies often invite scholars and professionals for featured lectures. Such activities will not only support you in your programme study, but also develop your personal and professional skills and enhance your overall employability.


This programme prepares students for careers in the following sectors: government organisations, media and journalism, business, public relations, editing, teaching, and administration. In addition, the programme is a stepping stone for those who want to undertake a research degree in applied linguistics generally, and multilingualism in particular.

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