Linguistics - Applied Linguistics - International

Key programme benefits to future students
This programme offers students an option to do an international praxis semester (12- week internship or placement) or a traditional dissertation in the summer semester. It offers students an opportunity to spend the second semester on external academic placement with a partner institution abroad, gaining valuable international experience.

This course offers an opportunity to gain career development skills. It enables international students to enhance their English skills. There is an option for language graduates to continue with the study of one or two languages to a very high level.

The programme offers a wide range of options to allow students to tailor their choice of electives to particular pathways, e.g. teaching, translation, sociolinguistics or language and technology.

Key Fact:
Students on the MA programme can avail of a study placement as part of their programme of study. They can also choose to complete a 12 week internship instead of completing the MA dissertation.

Subjects taught

Applied Linguistics (International):
Autumn Modules
• Applied Linguistics
• Research Methodologies
• Approaches to Discourse Analysis

Optional Modules
Language and Inclusion in Organisations | Materials Development for Language Teaching | Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Studies | Professional Language Use for Language Teachers | Varieties in English | Translation Studies: Theories and Applications | SLA Theories and Classroom Applications in Organisations

Spring Modules
• External Academic Placement
• External Academic Placement Project or
• Applied Linguistics II

Optional Modules
Language Systems 2 | Language Pedagogy for ELT | Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students | Professional Language Use for Language Teachers 2 | Culture and the Market | Sociolinguistics of Irish Media | Pragmatics and Applied Linguistics | ICT and Language Studies

Summer Modules
• Research Dissertation in the area or
• Applied Linguistics International Praxis

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).

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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