Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
This course will provide you with the tools to describe language from various analytical perspectives and with insight and training in various branches of applied linguistics. A further component of the course relates to the development of research skills in terms of methodological training for conducting research in this field. There will be a number of invited guest speakers who are international specialists in their field, and who reflect student interests in a particular year. A thesis component allows specialisation on a research topic of specific interest to you.
While previous study of linguistics is not required, the course will specifically interest you if you are a language graduate or have an interest in a language-related career, such as language teaching, journalism, communications, media, speech and language therapy.
This one-year MA course will appeal to a wide range of people, including present and future language teachers, and those interested in the various areas of linguistics.
Why Choose This Course
This course will provide you with a solid grounding in various branches of applied linguistics, while at the same time allowing you considerable scope for specialisation in a research area of interest to you through the thesis component. You will also receive training in research methods, allowing you to develop generic skills which you will continue to draw on in your future career as well as in subsequent study at doctoral level.
Candidate must have a 2H1 BA (Hons) Degree which includes a language.
Students with a 2H2 will be considered, subject to adequate proof of relevant additional work experience or background knowledge as assessed by the programme coordinators in an interview.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available online.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
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The course is assessed by assignments in various forms such as practical exercises, oral presentations and essays. A minor thesis is also a requirement.
In the first semester, students are introduced to the basics of linguistics, including:
phonetics and phonology
morphology and syntax
pragmatics and semantics
second language acquisition
The second semester offers modules in areas of specialisation, i.e.
language and identity
critical discourse analysis
language teaching and post-colonialism
introduction to second/foreign language teaching methodologies
language policy and practice
The course begins in the second week of September, with course teaching ending in early April. You submit your thesis in early October. The course involves attendance at lectures and seminars, the writing of course papers and completion of other assessed tasks.
The range of module topics on offer is subject to staff availability.
The modules are complemented by a number of seminars on research methods in applied linguistics, as well as guest lectures by international specialists in the field.
Among former guest speakers were:
David Crystal (University of Wales, Bangor),
Ruth Wodak (University of Lancaster),
Christoph Schröder (University of Potsdam),
Wilfried Stötting (University of Oldenburg),
Jeff Kallen (Trinity College Dublin),
Fiona Gibbon (University College Cork),
Carmen Munoz (University of Barcelona),
Richard Towell (University of Salford),
Anne O'Keeffe (University of Limerick),
Barbara Schmenk (University of Waterloo/Canada)
Diarmait Mac Ghiolla Chriost (Cardiff University/England)
Margaret Deuchar (University of Bangor/University of Cambridge).
Veronika Koller (University of Lancaster)
Clive Earls (University of Maynooth)
Helen Kelly Holmes (University of Limerick)
For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar
Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
1 year, full-time.
The course generally includes three two-hour weekly lectures and seminars led by different members of the lecturing team. Individual supervision is provided for the purposes of the minor thesis component through regular meetings between you and your supervisor. The course teaching is complemented by recommended reading lists provided by individual lecturers. The course is assessed by assignments in various forms such as practical exercises, oral presentations and essays. A minor thesis is also a requirement.
Start Date 7 September 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with an MA in Applied Linguistics?
This MA programme will specifically interest language graduates and those with an interest in language issues in society and a language-related career. Given the diverse branches of Applied Linguistics, students have considerable scope for specialisation in a research area of specific interest to them. A further strength of the programme is the training students receive in Research Methods, thereby developing generic skills which graduates will continue to draw upon in their future careers as well as in subsequent study at doctoral level for example.
Occupations associated with Applied Linguistics
Language teaching and education
Speech and language therapy
While these are examples of career areas, the generic and transferrable skills developed on the MA programme will be helpful in all career paths.
What are our graduates doing?
Past graduates are pursuing careers in a wide range of areas, such as language teaching and education, communications, journalism, speech and language therapy, among others. Some graduates also choose to continue their studies at doctoral level through the Ph.D. programme in Applied Linguistics that is offered at University College Cork. The generic skills that underlie the Research Methods training and the skills of analysis and interpretation that underlie the programme as a whole have been shown to be particularly fruitful in graduates' subsequent professional and academic lives.