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Linguistics - Applied

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.

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.

Unique Aspects of the 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.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the MA in Applied Linguistics, a candidate must have a 2.1 BA (Hons) Degree which includes a language.

For all applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no individual section lower than 5.5) or TOEFL equivalent is required.

Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at


1 year, full-time.
The course generally includes three two-hour weekly lectures and seminars led by different members of the lecturing team.

Careers or further progression

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

- Journalism

- Communications

- Media

- Public relations

- 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 PhD 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.

Further enquiries

Dr. Barbara Siller
P: + 353 21 4902892 / 4902078

Subjects taught

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.

In the first semester, students are introduced to the basics of linguistics, including

◾phonetics and phonology
◾morphology and syntax
◾pragmatics and semantics

The second semester offers modules in areas of specialisation, i.e.
◾teaching and learning of language, literature and culture
◾second language acquisition
◾historical linguistics
◾language and identity
◾translation and self-translation
◾language teaching and post-colonialism.

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.


AL6010 Research Dissertation

AL6011 Aspects of Applied Linguistics

AL6012 Aspects of Linguistic Theory

AL6013 Areas of Specialisation in Applied Linguistics

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),

and Anne O’Keeffee (University of Limerick).


Who Teaches This Course
Dr Anne Marie Devlin

Dr Martin Howard

Mag. Dragan Miladinovic

Prof Elisabeth Okasha

Prof Manfred Schewe

Dr. Barbara Siller

Dr. Emma Riordan

Assessment method

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

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE: €6,000

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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