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Linguistics - Applied Linguistics

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.

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.

Why Choose This 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

Candidate must have a 2H1 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.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Duration

1 year, full-time.

The course generally includes three two-hour weekly lectures and seminars led by different members of the lecturing team. 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. The course is assessed by assignments in various forms such as practical exercises, oral presentations and essays. A minor thesis is also a requirement.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

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.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. Barbara Siller
barbara.siller@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 4902892 / 4902078

Subjects taught

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

phonetics and phonology
morphology and syntax
pragmatics and semantics
sociolinguistics
second language acquisition

The second semester offers modules in areas of specialisation, i.e.

language and identity
critical discourse analysis
language teaching and post-colonialism
introduction to second/foreign language teaching methodologies

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.

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),

Anne O’Keeffee (University of Limerick),

Barbara Schmenk (University of Waterloo/Canada)

Diarmait Mac Ghiolla Chriost (Cardiff University/England)

Margaret Deuchar (University of Bangor/University of Cambridge).

For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar

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

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 10 September 2018

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