The MS in English-Applied Linguistics program envisages enhancing students’ understanding of issues in the field of Applied Linguistics. The program has been designed to meet the needs of emerging professionals for a) reading research critically; b) doing research; and c) sharing ideas/findings with peers and the wider academic community.


  • As per HEC policy, 16 years of education in the relevant field of study with 3 CGPA or B-Grade
  • Candidates must clear IoBM Admission test or HAT/GAT test
  • Candidates who do not have a teaching degree (Master in ELT, TESL) will have to opt for at least four deficiency courses as per the HEC policy
  • An interview conducted by the Institute
  • All other HEC stipulated requirements

Program Structure

MS in English - Applied Linguistics is a 2-year program and has 30 credit hours. The course work comprises a total of eight 3-credit hour courses (4 Core and 4 Electives) to be completed over a period of one year; this is followed by a thesis bearing a 6 credit load. After successful completion of the course work, students are required to carry out a research study for the thesis under the guidance of a research supervisor selected by the students and approved by the institute. The student must convert the research thesis into a publishable paper as part of the degree requirement.

Required Courses

Core Courses
MPL601 Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science
MPL602 Contemporary Issues in Applied Linguistics Research
MPL603 Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science
MPL604 Research Communication Skills

Elective Courses (Any Four Courses)

MPL701 Language Assessment and Feedback
MPL702 Research Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition
MPL703 Language in Education and Development
MPL704 Second Language Teacher Education
MPL705 Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances
MPL706 Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching
MPL707 Directed Research Study
MPL708 Research Colloquium
MPL715 Research Thesis

It is mandatory for research students of MS program to attend at least 5 sessions of the Multi-disciplinary Research Seminar Series in each semester. Students must dedicate Saturdays (12:00 to 2:00 PM) for this attendance.