Applied Linguistics

Key Features
The programme offers a professional development opportunity for language professionals including:
- Teachers in the fields of ELT and TESOL.
- Language teachers
- Primary school teachers
- Translators
- ELT materials editors, course developers and sales teams

The aims of the MA in Applied Linguistics are to:
- Enhance the professional knowledge of Language Teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language (grammar, lexis and phonology)

- Develop participants’ ability to utilise theoretical frameworks for the analysis of discourse to enhance their ability to address specific language-related real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language

- Provide a broad understanding of the key issues and debates in language teaching and learning

- Develop specialist skills in the empirical analysis of language in context using corpus linguistics

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Core Features of Language: Grammar, Vocabulary and Phonology
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Academic Writing: Lexicogrammar and Discourse

Plus one elective module* from this list:
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Second Language Acquisition
Introduction to Irish English

Semester 2
Approaches to Language in Context
Issues in Applied Linguistics
Research Methods

Plus one elective module* from this list:
Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching
Phonetics and Phonology
Discourse and Pragmatics

* Electives will be offered on the basis of their being an adequate level of student uptake.

Semester 3
Dissertation (20,000 words)

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours primary degree, plus an interest in language and linguistics. Alternatively, relevant prior experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements:

Application dates

How to Apply
EU Applicants
Applications for MA in Applied Linguistics are now open.

To apply, please complete all the steps below:

Download and complete the application form our website.
You will be required to send your university transcripts.
In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS (or equivalent) is required.
Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Stripe, and return the completed application form by email to and

For more information about this programme, please email

Closing dates for applications:
Spring semester 2024 intake: Applications Closed
Autumn semester 2024 intake: 31st May 2024
Non-EU Applicants
You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying:

Email: or Phone: +353 61 204988/ +353 61 774790

Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. For information that is specific to your home country, click here.

Please complete your application through PAC here. You will be required to upload your university transcripts.
In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS is also required.
The application fee is €50 and is non-refundable.
Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution
The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments
The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for EU fees, for example.


12-16 months. Full-time/Part-time: Both available. Delivery Mode: Fully online/Blended/Face to Face.

Typically, the course will run over three 12-week semesters. Semesters 1 and 2 will each have four taught modules (lectures and course work). Semester 3 will be dedicated to the writing of a dissertation. The three semesters can be taken back-to-back in one calendar year (September–August), using the summer period for the dissertation module.

Alternatively, the course can be taken over one and a half years. Part-time options are also available. Each module will involve ongoing assessment, such as essays and oral presentations. For those students opting for the blended and online delivery formats, the assessments will have online options for completion.

Enrolment dates

Applications for MA in Applied Linguistics are now open.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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