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Applied Multilingualism

Your Course

Ireland, a state that has two official languages and includes over 180 other languages, is an excellent environment, to host the MSc in Applied Multilingualism. Galway is situated close to the largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area in the country and has also been identified as Ireland's most diverse city. The MSc in Applied Multilingualism will provide educated professionals to support this diversity while at the same time, the multilingualism of the city and its hinterland will provide many opportunities for case studies and research projects. The course will equip students with a range of practical skills preparing them for careers in different multilingual contexts as well as developing their awareness of and sensitivity to multilingual settings. The MSc in Applied Multilingualism is delivered through blended learning, requiring students to be present on campus for two days each semester. The course is aimed at Irish and international students alike, and successful applicants are encouraged to draw on their own experience of multilingualism. The MSc in Applied Multilingualism is also a gateway to doctoral research on this topic.


1. Increasing awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity.

2. Developing a skill set that includes critical thinking, innovation, self-reflection, flexibility, team work, life-long learning, and problem-solving.

3. Job opportunities in diverse and/or international settings.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants will be expected to possess a good quality undergraduate degree at NFQ Level 8 (at least an upper Second Class Honours degree), or an equivalent qualification from Arts programmes (e.g., languages, education, psychology, sociology and political science, geography) or from medical, nursing, and health care programmes (e.g., speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, public health nurses). Applicants intending to take modules in advanced language skills will have to possess language proficiency that is equivalent to B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. International applicants are required to fulfill the English language requirements.


AML1 1 year, full-time, in-service; AML2 2 years, part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

Increasingly multilingual societies are creating demand for professionals in the fields of health, education, public administration and NGOs who are equipped to work with multilingual populations. Furthermore, improving language skills is relevant for those intending to seek employment in the areas of language planning and policy, language teaching, cultural and heritage institutions, government and diplomacy.

Further enquiries


Dr Stanislava Antonijevic-Elliott


T: +353 91 495 623

Dr John Walsh


T: +353 91 492 563

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See the weblink below for full details of when and how to apply.

Online Application

Applications to most postgraduate programmes at NUI Galway are made online via

The application system will be open from 1 October 2019 to accept applications for entry to the 2020–21 academic year.

Applications are submitted via an online form, and a step-bystep guide will assist you through the process. Applicants should select the Course Instance Code(s) for the programme(s) that they are interested in, which are available on each course page of this prospectus and are also on each course website ( An application fee will be required and this is a nonrefundable. You will require an active email account to use the system.

Supporting Documents

When making an online application, most programmes require additional documentation to supplement your application, such as an essay, samples of work, a CV, etc. To see what supporting documents, if any, may be required for your programme, please visit: After submitting an application you must then upload the supporting documents.

Enrolment and start dates

2020–21 academic year

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