English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics PgCert, PGDip, MA 2019/20 entry

Course code:

AHT020

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:

£8,350 (MA)
£5,566 (PGDip)
£2,783 (PGCert)

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

This Master’s course aims to provide specialist professional development for English Language Teaching (ELT).

It draws on innovative research carried out on the English language by members of the School of Humanities (English language specialists) and focuses on the theory and practice of teaching English in a variety of contexts.

The course offers two pathways: one focusing on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and one focusing on Linguistics and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The course includes a wide variety of assessment tasks and the opportunity for students to select their own dissertation topic on a subject that is relevant to their teaching context.

The course includes the opportunity to take part in study trips both in the UK and overseas. * In recent years we have ran free trips to the London Museums to design language learning tasks based on the artefacts viewed, and to Stratford-upon-Avon to study the impact that Shakespeare’s language has had on modern English. During the optional study trip to Valencia, Spain, we observe English classes taught in three different universities and discuss intercultural and context-specific issues relating to English Language Teaching with our international partners.

*Study trips may be subject to additional fees, application processes and/or be subject to availability.

The course also engages with Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) exchanges, with the partners the students may visit during their international study trip*, and engagement with Massive Open Online Learning Courses (MOOCs). Research carried out by staff on the course in 2017 shows that this enhances participating students’ digital fluency and intercultural awareness, refer for example to the English Language Teaching Research Award (ELTRA) study published by the British Council in 2018:  

*Study trips may be subject to additional fees, application processes and/or be subject to availability.

For further academic information on the course contact: Professor Marina Orsini-Jones, Course Director, m.orsini@coventry.ac.uk

 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies

By studying this course, students will have the opportunity to obtain the Cambridge University vocational qualification Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) in Managing the Learning Process, awarded by the University of Cambridge, which is fully integrated and is part of the course. This TKT qualification is recognised in over 60 countries in the world. Students who already have CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) or DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) will be given Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) for it.

What our students say...

I enjoyed all the modules and learnt a lot from the highly qualified and efficient teachers who paid undivided attention to all individual students. I have got ten years teaching experience, but I must admit, I learnt so many things that I was not familiar with. Moreover, all the lecturers have been cooperative, friendly and available whenever we need them.

I have been so impressed with the university and MA ELT and Applied Linguistics that I have recommended this course to my colleagues and friends back in my country. I am sure, some of them will join this course next year.

Farhan Butto, 2018

Course information

This course gives you the opportunity to reflect on your own professional development as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in a stimulating, interactive and innovative way. It discusses how different settings and teaching scenarios can affect your teaching approach.

A diagnostic task is administered at the start the course to support your academic development and this task is discussed with your allocated personal tutor, who can support your learning journey and provide sign-posting for your pastoral needs. At Coventry University we also offer the support of a School-based employment tutor, as well as the support of a central Career Office (please check the Employability section of this course webpage for further details on this).

Students on the course have the opportunity to apply for internal part-time job opportunities, both voluntary and paid, and these have included over the years: Pre-sessional English Teacher and/or Conversational Assistant; Academic Tutor at the Centre for Academic Writing; Linguae Mundi teacher (teaching their native language for the Centre for Global Engagement); Volunteer for English classes for refugees; Volunteer for English classes for members of the public; Academic English tutor for modules on degree courses; Language module tutor on the Add+Vantage university-wide provision and Student Ambassador.

Students are also invited to take part in the community of English Language Teaching research practice in the School of Humanities, for example the CLAC (Corpus Linguistics at Coventry) monthly seminars and the occasional visiting lectures by famous linguists (e.g. Prof David Crystal in 2018).

According to our External Examiners, employers, alumni and our current students, the distinctive features of this course are:

  • The stress on the links between theory and practice;
  • The emphasis on the integration of new technologies in language learning and teaching;
  • Its task-based/problem-based approach to language learning and teaching;
  • Its varied and innovative assessment tasks;
  • The quality of both the pastoral and academic support offered to students;
  • Its innovative approach to the internationalisation of the curriculum through Online International Learning, Massive Open Online Courses and ELT study trips, both national and international;
  • The opportunity to obtain job placements (this is selective);
  • The possibility of obtaining the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) vocational qualification.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The course is designed to develop your understanding of the theory and practice of the teaching of English as a foreign language and to enhance your knowledge of English as it is spoken and written in the UK and in the rest of the world. In the first term, which is common to both the TESOL and the Linguistics pathways, you will take four modules that focus on Theories and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching, Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher, Developing Language Teaching Materials and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL): Theory and Practice. In the second term, you can select the pathway you want to take: either the TESOL pathway or the Linguistics pathway. The TESOL pathway prepares you for a variety of ELT (English Language Teaching) destinations. You will study Business English, Teaching English through Literature and English Language Teaching in Practice, that includes observations of real classes and micro-teaching practice. If you choose the Linguistics pathway, you will focus on topics relevant to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and will study: Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse, Corpus Analysis and Pedagogy and Understanding Academic English. Both pathways include the following module in term two: Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, that will prepare you for your dissertation. In term three, both pathways share a professional development module that includes the TKT, University of Cambridge qualification, Professional Enhancement: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process and the Dissertation module. In relation to the Dissertation module, you will moreover develop and submit your dissertation project (fifty credit module). For this you will plan, undertake and present an original piece of advanced research.

Modules

  • Pathway TESOL September Start

    September to January

    • Theories and methods of Language Learning and Teaching
    • Developing Language teaching Materials
    • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher
    • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice

     

    January to May

    • English Language Teaching in Practice
    • Business English
    • Teaching English Through Literature
    • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

     

    May to September

    • Dissertation
    • Professional Enhancement: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process

  • Pathway TESOL January Start

    January to May

    • Theories and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching
    • Developing Language Teaching Materials
    • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher
    • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice

     

    May to September

    • English Language Teaching in Practice
    • Business English
    • Teaching English Through Literature
    • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

     

    September to January

    • Dissertation
    • Professional Enhancement: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process

  • Pathway Linguistics September Start

    September to January

    • Theories and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching
    • Developing Language Teaching Materials
    • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language
    • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice

     

    January to May

    • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse
    • Corpus Analysis and Pedagogy
    • Understanding Academic English
    • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

     

    May to September

    • Dissertation
    • Professional Enhancement: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process

  • Pathway Linguistics January Start

    January to May

    • Theories and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching
    • Developing Language Teaching Materials
    • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher
    • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice

     

    May to September

    • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse
    • Corpus Analysis and Pedagogy
    • Understanding Academic English
    • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

     

    September to January

    • Dissertation
    • Professional Enhancement: managing the Teaching and Learning Process

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Become part of an international community of practice, which includes visits from groups of teachers and students from partner institutions.
  • Take part in curriculum-related study-trips, both in the UK (e.g. London and Stratford-Upon-Avon) and overseas (e.g. The Netherlands, Italy and Spain). Trips may be subject to additional fees, application processes and/or be subject to availability of places.
  • Take advantage of a variety of job opportunities (both voluntary and paid) available to students to apply for, ranging from student proctor/mentor to lecturer in English on the pre-sessional course; lecturer in the students’ own language on the Linguae Mundi programme; Add+Vantage University-wide programme or translator.
  • Maximise your employability skills. The stress put on linking theory and practice on the course and on developing skills for the world of work translates in the excellent rate of graduate destinations for a PGT course: 88% in 2016-2017 (Raven).
  • Benefit from the excellent level of both pastoral and academic support offered on the course, which includes the extensive support provided for the dissertation.
  • Have the opportunity to obtain the Cambridge University vocational qualification embedded into the course, the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test), that is recognised worldwide.

This course offers students the opportunity to take part in conferences and symposia for free. Famous guests speakers, like Prof David Crystal, have visited the School of Humanities.  

In the first term you will focus on theories and methods of language learning and teaching English as a foreign language, covering the evolution of methods, from grammar translation to the postmethod era. You will reflect on what is there to learn when learning and teaching languages in general and English in particular. This evolution will be further explored while discussing materials design, Computer Assisted Language Learning, including Mobile Assisted Language Learning Apps and developing your knowledge of the morphosytactical and phonological aspects of English.

If you then choose the TESOL pathway in the second term, you will practise microteaching and observe classes, applying the theories learnt in term one to a variety of teaching contexts: General English, Business English and English through Literature.

If you choose the Linguistics pathway you will focus on discourse, genre and register analysis of English and discuss how corpus linguistics and systemic functional linguistics can be used to analyse and teach the English language. The focus will be specifically on Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) in Higher Education settings (e.g. pre-sessional provision).

In term two you will explore and discuss the research fundamentals that will underpin your project in term three (e.g. literature review, methodology and ethics procedures).

In the third term you will develop your individual research project. You will critically evaluate the principles underlying the teaching and learning process with a focus on professional enhancement for effective classroom management (this will include passing the relevant TKT assignment).

 

The integrated approach adopted for most modules using lectures, seminars and workshops ensures that taught sessions are interesting and varied. We use 'Flipped classroom' techniques and online resources so that time in class can be utilised to concentrate on checking that learning is taking place and that you benefit from an interactive and social-collaborative learning environment. The emphasis on addressing specific teaching and learning contexts provided in many modules encourages you to engage with intercultural themes and reflect on your future community contribution and responsibility as teacher of English language in your country, whether in the UK or overseas.

This course has a professional focus and the programme has inquiry-based foundations as illustrated by its module descriptors and by the integration within it of a vocational qualification (Teaching Knowledge Test by Cambridge University). You will also be able to apply for work-experience opportunities.

You will be encouraged to co-construct knowledge with peers and staff and there may be opportunities for you to present your findings at conferences and publish academic work with peers and staff. The course embraces research-inspired teaching, as all staff on the course engage with research and most of them have published on topics that relate to their taught syllabus. 

Active learning includes the opportunity to take part in visits to museums to design tasks based on the artefacts seen, theatre visits to encourage innovative approaches to curriculum design, and observation of how English is taught in universities overseas, organised in collaboration with international partners, followed by collaborative reflective practice with the overseas partners.*

*Field trips and study trips may incur additional fees, further application processes may apply and places on such trips may be limited.

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Marina Orsini-Jones

Professor in English

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This course offers a wide variety of both summative and formative assessment tasks. The stimulating variety of assessment tasks on the course has been praised by both the external examiner and the students on the course (see the testimonial by Farhan Bhutto).

A formative diagnostic essay task is given at the beginning of the course, to support you with your learning journey into academic practice at MA level. A variety of summative tasks is administered on the different modules to cater for the variety of assessment needs of the multicultural cohort of students who enrol on this course. The course can therefore include traditional academic essays, reports, individual and group presentations, poster presentations, online quizzes, in-class seen tests, project plans, teaching observations, the Teaching Knowledge Test, micro-teaching and a dissertation.

There are normally two assessment points for each 15 credit module, one around weeks 5/6 and one around weeks 12/13. Marking schemes and criteria are provided for each task and you will submit most assignments online.

Feedback and ‘feed forward’ are provided throughout the course both by individual module leaders and by the Academic Personal Tutor.

On successful completion of the relevant modules, you should be able to obtain either a Certificate of Higher Education in ELTAL (60 credits), a Diploma of Higher Education in ELTAL (120 credits) or the full MA in ELTAL (180 credits). On successful completion of the TKT test, you will also be able to obtain the TKT vocational qualification (subject to application and examination processes).

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in ELTAL, you should be able to (both pathways, TESOL and Linguistics):

  • Critically appraise theoretical approaches to language learning and teaching and reflect on how to apply them in their teaching practice in the light of their existing beliefs.
  • Discuss and develop research-informed innovative materials for English Language Teaching that are appropriate for their learning and teaching contexts.
  • Discuss and propose pedagogical interventions for the purpose of teaching grammar and/or phonology in specific contexts.
  • Critically evaluate how teacher education can benefit from an engagement with global online communities of practice and embed innovative e-learning solutions in ELT.
Pathway: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in ELTAL, you should be able to:

  • Critically appraise theoretical approaches to language learning and teaching and reflect on how to apply them in their teaching practice in the light of their existing beliefs.
  • Discuss and develop research-informed innovative materials for English Language Teaching that are appropriate for their learning and teaching contexts.
  • Discuss and propose pedagogical interventions for the purpose of teaching grammar and/or phonology in specific contexts.
  • Critically evaluate how teacher education can benefit from an engagement with global online communities of practice and embed innovative e-learning solutions in ELT.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in ELTAL (TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Pathway) you should also be able to:

  • Develop research-informed teaching sessions.
  • Critically reflect on observed teaching practice.
  • Engage in research-informed reflections on the teaching of English through literature and/or business across contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the principles underlying the teaching and learning process with a focus on professional enhancement for effective classroom management.
  • Critically evaluate research methods in applied linguistics and articulate project plans, in the context of ethical and professional frameworks.

On successful completion of the Master’s course you should have further developed knowledge and skills in the above areas and in addition should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate methods and to devise, manage and complete a sustained body of independent work informed by appropriate research/scholarship, to appropriate academic and ethical standards.
Pathway: Linguistics

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in ELTAL (Linguistics Pathway) you should also be able to:

  • Critically appraise and utilise frameworks for the discourse, genre and register analysis of English as it is spoken and written in diverse communities around the world.
  • Investigate specific methodologies, including those of systemic functional linguistics and corpus linguistics, for the critical analysis of specific varieties of English.
  • Discuss and apply the findings from linguistic analyses to the teaching of English.
  • Critically evaluate the principles underlying the teaching and learning process with a focus on professional enhancement for effective classroom management.
  • Critically evaluate research methods in applied linguistics and articulate project plans, in the context of ethical and professional frameworks.

On successful completion of the MA ELTAL (Linguistics Pathway), you should also be able to:

  • Demonstrate your ability to evaluate methods and to devise, manage and complete a sustained body of independent work informed by appropriate research/scholarship, to appropriate academic and ethical standards.

 

Each 15 credit module is taught face-to-face for three hours per week for 13 weeks. The 10 credit module in term three is taught for two hours per week for 13 weeks and the 50 credit dissertation module consists mainly of guided study, 5 hours of workshops and 5 hours of tutorials.

This course leads in the UK higher education sector in terms of internationalisation of the curriculum. There are no other MAs in ELTAL in the UK where students can experience both Collaborative Online International Learning supported by Massive Open Online Courses and related international study trips to enhance their intercultural awareness, their critical digital literacy and they professional skills as teachers of English as a second language.

Also, the course offers all students the opportunity to discuss how ELT methodology varies in different countries, as they bring their teaching and learning experience to the workshops and seminars. The course normally attracts students from various different nationalities. In academic year 2018-2019, for example, there were students from the United Kingdom, Romania, China, Lebanon, Jordan, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Cyprus, Pakistan, South Korea and Uganda.

Additional internationalisation opportunities are available to all students via the Centre for Global Engagement.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

What attracted me to the course was the teaching methodology, the microteaching and the state-of-the-art digital learning tools that helped me to explore better teaching techniques to be able to face current challenges in the present technological world.

I also valued receiving great support from the staff teaching on the course and the extra help available from the Centre for Academic Writing and the ICT unit in the library. I am glad to say that completing the MA helped me with obtaining a promotion when I returned to Nigeria after graduation.

Gladys Bulus, 2017

Entry Requirements

The course is open to both experienced teachers and to students who have recently graduated. It is suitable for overseas applicants and UK nationals. Graduates from any subject who have an interest in teaching English as a Foreign Language can apply for this course. This course requirements a minimum grade of 2.2 or above

Grade equivalent to a minimum grade of 2.2 or above and proficiency in English equivalent to 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in writing and at least 5.5 in each component. Students from Romania do not need to be assessed for English proficiency as their secondary level system includes this verification.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Grade equivalent to a minimum grade of 2.2 or above and proficiency in English equivalent to 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in writing and at least 5.5 in each component.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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What our students say...

 Studying part-time on the Masters has given me the opportunity to fill gaps in my knowledge as well learn of new developments in the field, and all while maintaining other work and family commitments. As I near the end of the course, it feels as if all the pieces of the puzzle are finally coming together to give a complete picture of where English Language Teaching sits in today’s global, inter-cultural and technological age. The work has been thought-provoking and challenging and it has already opened up opportunities for me to teach here in Coventry.

Studying on the Masters has genuinely been a very fulfilling experience, though my overriding highlight has been the opportunity share that experience with such a culturally diverse group of people.

Jenny Wells, 2019

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 (MA)
£5,566 (PGDip)
£2,783 (PGCert) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (MA)
£5,566 (PGDip)
£2,783 (PGCert) (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 (MA)
£5,566 (PGDip)
£2,783 (PGCert) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (MA)
£5,566 (PGDip)
£2,783 (PGCert) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£14,000 (MA)
£9,333 (PGDip)
£4,666 (PGCert) (per year)


January 2020

£14,000 (MA)
£9,333 (PGDip)
£4,666 (PGCert) (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

The main reason I decided to apply and study this particular course at Coventry University was because of the fantastic range of modules available to study.

Kirenjeet Kaur Sidhu, 2016

Career prospects

According to the British Council, there were around 1.5 billion people learning and using English worldwide in 2018, forecast to rise to 2 billion by 2020. So there is a high demand for teachers of English in language schools, private schools, state schools, universities and colleges throughout the world.

In addition to enabling you to learn more about classroom, blended and online teaching and learning, this course will provide you with the chance to develop skills to perform roles such as materials developer, resource manager and examiner. It can also lead to a variety of careers associated with teaching English or the use of English Language, including education management, academic consultancy, journalism, information management and human resources, among others.

Recognised the world over as evidence of advanced skills and knowledge, a Master's degree can assist you to secure professional advancement. It can provide access to senior management posts in both private and state educational institutions around the world.

Our Futures employment team offers tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific job destinations. We are unique in offering postgraduate students career support within the School of Humanities through an employment personal tutor who can check your curriculum vitae/resume’, support you with preparation for interviews and help with writing covering letters for job applications. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course have gone on to establish either teaching or education management careers both in the UK (e.g Lecturer at Coventry University; Pre-sessional Associate Director for CU  Services Ltd ) and overseas (e.g.  Lecturer in universities in Morocco, Libya, Jordan, India, Bahrain, Pakistan and China; Academic Coordinator for IvyPrep Education in Vietnam). You may also wish to continue your studies at PhD level (subject to meeting the relevant entry criteria such as obtaining a merit mark and having the appropriate IELTS score for PhD studies).

What our students say...

The course provided the opportunity to observe English language classes and undertake microteaching practice. Coventry University is renowned for its high quality teaching, outstanding student support and state-of-the-art facilities and the support from staff has been fantastic.

Minh Tuan Phi, 2017
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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