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Graduate Admissions

The route adopts a broad definition of the term "second language education". It considers issues relating to the teaching and learning of modern languages in English schools and communities as well as issues relating to the teaching of English as a second, foreign, or additional language across the world. The route enables students to combine linguistic and social analysis in their research.

The route aims to combine an in-depth critical understanding of the main currents of conceptual thinking in the literature on second language learning with practical training in aspects of L2 empirical research. The aims of the route are as follows:

  • Examine key theoretical perspectives which have influenced recent research in second language education and to relate these to the wider context of educational research
  • Analyse and develop effective methodologies in conducting empirical research in second language teaching and learning in schools and communities
  • Develop critical skills with respect to the literature on research in second language teaching and learning, focusing mainly on core readings which provide instructive examples of empirical research
  • Investigate the language education issues in an international and comparative perspective. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve a mark of 70 or higher for the dissertation.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Feb. 27, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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