Linguistics - Applied Linguistics - International

The Graduate Diploma/Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (International) is a one-year taught programme and is offered on a full-time basis using a combination of faculty-student contact hours and self-directed learning and research. The MA is about exploring language in use in a wide variety of realworld situations and contexts (education,politics and wider society). The MA has a strong international focus both in practical terms with the possibility of an overseas semester, as well as advanced language options in English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Spanish, and in theoretical terms reflecting faculty research interest in language and globalisation.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 honours level (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject (languages, linguistics, media, communication, English are particularly welcomed, but applications from suitably qualified candidates from other disciplines will also be considered). An interview may form part of the selection process for all applicants. This will be done in person if possible or alternatively via Skype or video conferencing where the candidate is not available and cannot attend an interview.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may apply for admission to the MA in Applied Linguistics (International) programme as recognised prior learning may be taken into account. The admission of such applicants would be exceptional and would be subject to the approval of the Course Director and the Course Board. Places on the programme will be offered on the basis of the above, viz. qualifications, performance and interview, language proficiency level (if applicable).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Career Development 1
• Applied Linguistics
• Research Methodologies

Two electives from:
• Language Systems 1
• Materials Development for Language Teaching
• English Language Proficiency 1 &
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Studies
• Second Language Acquisition
• The French Language Today
• German-Irish Cultural Constructions
• Spanish in the Contemporary World
• Sociolinguistics of Spanish
• Classroom and Learner Discourse
• Introduction to Irish English
• Professional Language Use for English Language Teachers
• SLA Theories and Classroom Applications

• External Academic Placement
• and External Academic Placement Project

Three electives from:
• Language Systems 2
• ICT and Language Studies
• Sociolinguistics of Irish media
• Language Pedagogy for English Language Teaching
• Culture and the Market
• English Language Proficiency 2
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students
• French Translation
• German Translation
• Spanish Translation
• Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching

• Research dissertation in the area of Applied Linguistics (15,000-20,000 words) for students taking the MA or Applied Linguistics International Praxis


1 year, full-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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  • Qualification letters

    Grad Dip / MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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