Linguistics - Applied Linguistics

University College Cork

Linguistics - Applied Linguistics

Our MA Applied Linguistics programme, offered by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, will provide you with the tools to describe language from various analytical perspectives and with insight and training in various branches of applied linguistics. In addition, we encourage the development of key research skills in terms of methodological training for conducting research in this field.

Invited guest speakers, who are international specialists in their field, add to the richness of our department and reflect student interests in any particular year. The thesis component of our programme allows specialisation on a research topic of specific interest to you.

While the 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. The programme consists of two parts totalling 90 credits in total.

Subjects taught

Part I (45 credits)
AL6011 General Aspects of Linguistic Theory (15 credits)
AL6012 Applied Aspects of Linguistics (15 credits)
AL6013 Optional Areas of Specialisation in Applied Linguistics (15 credits)

Part II (45 credits)
AL6010 Dissertation in Applied Linguistics (45 credits)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) which includes a language.

Applicants with a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), 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 who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.

Assessment Info

The course is assessed by assignments in various forms such as practical exercises, oral presentations and essays. A minor thesis is also a requirement.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
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 the doctoral level for example.

Occupations associated with Applied Linguistics:
Language Teaching, Education & Research
Communications & Media
Public Relations
Speech and Language Therapy

While these are examples of career areas, the generic and transferrable skills developed in the MA programme will be helpful in all career paths.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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