Languages Cultures & Linguistics - Linguistics & Applied Linguistics

The MA in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics does not focus on any specific language, but explores phenomena across a range of languages.

What will students learn?
The programme nurtures essential academic values such as systematic and empirically-based investigation, critical reflection, interdisciplinarity and enquiry-based learning. It provides a flexible learning environment and encourages students to identify and pursue their own research interests. Modules apply a range of teaching and learning approaches and are taught by experienced and easily approachable academic staff.

Students acquire fundamental skills in linguistic analysis and its effective application to a wide range of real life language-based phenomena and issues from around the world. It develops critical transferable skills such as academic communication, presentation skills, group learning and project design.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research Skills 2 LING40360
Research Skills 1 LING40370
Corpus Linguistics (MA) LING40440
Syntax (MA) LING40450
Phonology (MA) LING40460
Sociolinguistics (MA) LING40470

Stage 1 – Option
Human Language Technologies COMP40020
Exploring Text with Python IS20140
Quantitative Data Analysis IS40730
World Englishes LING20060
Meaning in Language LING20080
Intercultural Communication LING20100
Second Language Teaching & Learning LING20120
Multilingualism LING20130
Translation: Methods & Skills LING30190
Research Creole Languages LING30200
MA Thesis LING40240
MA Internships LING40380
MA research papers LING40390
Intro to Applied Linguistics LING40430
Quantitative Text Analysis POL42050
The Psychology of Language PSY20060

Entry requirements

-No prior knowledge of Linguistics is required for admission to the MA programme. The MA is an ab initio degree, applicants who have already completed a BA in Linguistics are not eliglbe to apply.
-Competence in a language other than English is not required but useful.
-Applicants must have a BA or equivalent, having normally reached a 2H1 or better. Applications with a 2H2 average are considered on a case-by-case basis.
-All students must normally supply references from two academic referees who are able to provide details about the applicant’s academic abilities and motivations. Work references are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
-Students whose first language is not English and who did not complete their prior education through English (or Irish) must take an IELTS test to provide proof of their English language skills. Students are expected to reach a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.5 (particularly in writing and speaking).
-Students who fall a bit short (0.5 in one band) of the required scores may consider attending a a 10 week and 7 week course in the Applied Language Center prior to the start of the MA programme.[1]

[1] Students joining the 10 week programme are required to have an IELTS of 5.5 with no component below 5.0 (or equivalent). Students joining the 7 week programme are required to have an IELTS of 6.0 with no component below 5.5.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Linguistics & Applied Linguistics FT (Z360)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Linguistics & Applied Linguistics PT (Z361)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

*Please note that the part-time option is not available for non-EU students on a student visa.


MA Linguistics & Applied Linguistics FT (Z360): 1 Year - Full-Time
MA Linguistics & Applied Linguistics PT (Z361): 2 years, Part-Time.
Delivery: Face-to-face

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/20245September.

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Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
Linguistics interfaces with a range of areas. It can lead to careers in:
language teaching
data mining
computer science
cognitive science
speech and language therapy
speech processing
artificial intelligence
publishing and media

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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