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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.
As the first degree programme of its kind on multilingualism in China, this postgraduate programme aims to cultivate talented professionals who have specialised, practical, and integrated knowledge of multilingualism within an interdisciplinary, glocal mindset.
Songqing Li
Programme Director


  • Core modules

    Semester 1

    • Introduction to multilingualism
    • Multilingualism in society
    • The politics of language in a globalized world
    • Multilingual education and multilingual literacies

    Semester 2

    • Language, globalization and mobility
    • Discourse analysis
    • Research methods
    • Current Issues in multilingualism research

    Semester 3

    • Dissertation
  • Additional learning activities

    Focusing equally on both classroom learning and hands-on practice, the programme includes Additional Learning Activities (ALA), which are typically spread evenly across all semesters of the programme. Students are required to take complementary modules such as workshops and fieldwork to enhance their abilities in various aspects of practice.


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.