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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Nottingham

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

This course allows you to customise your degree by combining a broad range of subjects from English language and literature or by specialising in a chosen area. It offers increased flexibility and the latest methods in online distance learning.


Study that fits your lifestyle

If you want to develop your specialism or study what you love, but without the constraints of a set curriculum, the MA Applied English is for you.

Our distance learning goes beyond traditional modules and essays. Now you can study ‘pods’, non-credit bearing segments of study, created by subject matter experts.

You can choose pods from across our different MA courses (listed below) to create a path that’s unique to you. This means you will graduate with an MA in Applied English. Alternatively, you can specialise by choosing pods from a specific MA pathway, meaning you will graduate in one of the MA courses listed below. To specialise, you must choose six pods plus the dissertation/research project from one area.

Why choose this course?

  • Benefit from teaching material which is relevant to you, drawing on your career and own life experiences
  • Choose a broad or specialised degree, with flexibility to change along the way
  • Tailor your degree to suit your study goals, choosing from a wide range of subjects
  • Choose from three submission points throughout the year, rather than working toward set deadlines
  • Submit your choice of assessment type, from presentations to blog posts
  • Receive individual support from expert academics and a dedicated personal advisor
  • Meet your tutors and fellow students at our annual Summer School event


A postgraduate degree from the School of English at the University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is competent and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

This course will develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information quickly, and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way across a range of platforms and outputs.

In your assessments, you will produce work directly connected to careers in teaching, business and communications, digital and creative industries, the media and publishing, policy and more. You will also be well prepared if you are considering a PhD, or a career in academia.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 10,200overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Nottingham

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  • Campus address

    University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, England

The university offers a range of scholarships specifically for international applicants studying at any level.
A large number of courses at the university include a placement or work experience element, ensuring that students receive first-hand professional experience.
In September every year, the university runs a free welcome programme for new international students from outside the EU joining the University of Nottingham.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 106

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    151 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    79 79%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%



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