Applied Linguistics

The programme aims to produce educators who are professionally competent and intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially balanced and able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to conduct research in the related fields. The broad educational aim of the graduate programme in Applied Linguistics is to build a strong foundation of knowledge and to develop problem- solving; teamwork and communication skills of educators to drive forward the nation and humanity at the large in tandem with the university’s charter and philosophy. 

Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
College of Art & Sciences,
Universiti Utara Malaysia,
06010 UUM Sintok,
Kedah Darul Aman, MALAYSIA.

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Tel: +604-928 5299
Fax: +604-928 5297

Available Programmes

Research Area(s)

  • Adult Learning (Andragogy)
  • Applied Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Children's Literature
  • Communication Studies
  • Corpus Linguistics, Genre Analysis
  • Corpus-based Linguistics Studies
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Discourse-based Grammar Pragmatics
  • English for Academic and Professional Purposes
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
  • English Language Teaching and Learning
  • English Literature
  • ESL Writing
  • History and English Literature
  • Hospitality Language
  • L2 Speech Learning
  • Material Developments
  • Modern English Linguistics
  • Morphology and Syntax
  • Open Distance Learning (ODL)
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Pragmatics
  • Pronunciation Teaching and Learning
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
  • Second Language Reading
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Specialized Vocabulary Acqusition
  • Vocabulary Assessment
  • Vocabulary Testing

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Local Applicant

Main Campus:
Semester 1: 30th June
Semester 2: 30th November
Semester 3: 30th March

UUMKL & Other Centres: 
Semester 1: 30th June
Semester 2: 30th November
Semester 3: 30th March

International Applicant*

Main Campus:
Semester 1: 30th May
Semester 2: 31st October
Semester 3: 28th February

*International applicants are encouraged to apply at least three months before deadline


  1. Research Proposal (for Programme by Research):
    1. Masters - 1,000 to 1,500 words
    2. PhD - 1,500 to 2,000 words
  2. Applicants without professional qualification (Bachelor of Education/ Diploma in Education/Certificate of Education) are required to attend and pass the courses as required by the University.
  3. PhD applicants need to attend interview related to field of study being applied. 


  1. For sponsored applicant: Letter of Undertaking
  2. For self sponsored:
    1. Master candidate: Minimum balance of USD5,000.00 in own account
    2. Doctoral candidate: Minimum balance of USD10,000.00 in own account