MPhil Applied Linguistics

Program Description

MPhil Applied Linguistics is designed to help students develop the skills and experience they need for a successful career in teaching English as a second language. Pakistani education institutes are in need of graduates with qualifications and expertise in teaching English. It will also be of interest to those who are already teachers and would like to increase their professional expertise by advancing their analytical knowledge and teaching theories. This program will equip students with an in-depth understanding of the language structure at different levels of analysis and the relationship between language and its use. Students will critically analyze how people learn languages, how English can be taught, gain an in-depth understanding of the assessment and testing used to teach English. Students will discuss and evaluate a range of perspectives in the language teaching curriculum and its delivery with which informed decisions about policy and practice can be taken. Students will also have the opportunity to study a range of optional modules in an area that is of particular interest and suits their career plans.

Career Prospects

There are excellent opportunities within Pakistan and around the world for teachers with an MPhil in Applied Linguistics. This program is specifically tailored to meet the job requirements of the education sector. The MPhil Applied Linguistics program opens up career prospects in the higher education sector in Pakistan. It prepares the graduates for a diverse range of professional fields, including English language teaching, journalism, and publishing. Related career possibilities include policy adviser, trainer of trainers, and even designer of teaching materials. Applied linguistics is a beneficial basis for a range of careers in publishing, editing, and communication.

Program Objectives

With the rising demand for English language teachers at higher levels of education, a paucity of capable teachers is acutely felt in Gujranwala city and the surrounding areas. Keeping this demand in view, GIFT University has launched a broad-based program that can cater to the needs of a variety of higher-level teachers, who want to enhance their knowledge and teaching skills in the field of English language and linguistics. MPhil Applied Linguistics will:

  • Produce teachers of the English language who are familiar with modern instructional techniques.
  • Equip students with up to date knowledge about English language teaching and linguistics.
  • Help students discover the most suitable teaching methods for different learning environments.
  • Provide continued professional development of English language teachers.
  • Introduce the students to the techniques regarding the development of instructional materials.
  • Help students in issues related to classroom handling, assessment, and the choice of suitable instructional content and methods.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Graduates holding BS English, MA English, MA English Language Teaching (ELT), MA Teaching of English as Second Language (TESL) degrees or any other equivalent qualification recognized by the HEC, with minimum 2.45 CGPA or second division via the annual system, are eligible to apply.


  • Courses will be offered subject to the availability of Faculty.
  • Courses within Core and Elective modules are interchangeable on the discretion of the Dean and BOF.