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GradDip Linguistics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
You will develop an in-depth understanding of the structure of language, including contemporary theoretical approaches to Linguistics and the analytical methods used in research on language, and the relationship of language to society.

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-Introduction to contemporary theoretical approaches to language in a variety of fields of Linguistics

-Introduction to the analysis of language data in a variety of fields of Linguistics

-Transferable Skills: presentation skills, critical analytical skills, project work and academic writing

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This programme is designed for students with little or no prior background in Linguistics. It aims to provide a thorough grounding in the core area of Linguistics and to introduce students to current research issues and contemporary theoretical approaches and practices.

Vision and Values Statement
The Graduate Diploma is a conversion degree that introduces students to current research approaches, methods and theories in core areas of linguistics and their application to a wide range of language-based phenomena. The program provides relevant qualifications for students who require knowledge in linguistics for employment in language related jobs or who wish to embarque on a professional career in areas that rely in part on skills and methods in linguistics.

The program nurtures core academic values such as the importance of systematic and empirically-based investigation of language phenomena based on critical reflection of existing theories and approaches. It promotes the importance of a multi-method approach to exploring language phenomena and emphasizes the relevance of interdisciplinary and inter-cultural perspectives.

The program develops students' academic communication skills, autonomous individual and group learning and research skills, and enhances pattern recognition and empirical study design skills through a variety of teaching and learning approaches. They include critical assessment of existing studies, methods and theories, hands-on group and individual project work, problem-based research approaches, group discussions and oral presentations.

The program provides a flexible learning environment in that it encourages students to identify and pursue their own interests through a range of option modules, while at the same time acquiring subject knowledge and competency as well as indispensable transferrable skills.

Programme Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific principles, processes and approaches that underpin linguistic reasoning, analysis and research.

Critically analyse secondary sources, primary empirical data and existing research methods.

Systematically apply language-based theories, approaches and research methods to a wide range of related contexts such as language learning, language documentation, language awareness, language technology, language planning.

Design coherent small-scale studies on language-based phenomena, systematically analyze such phenomena and coherently communicate the findings.

Demonstrate the ability to use electronic research tools commonly used in linguistic research.

Demonstrate the ability to apply key transferable skills – presentation, information gathering and assessment, group-work and academic writing skills.

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and the ability to systematically apply ethical standards in Human Subject research.

Entry requirements

The Graduate Diploma is open to graduates with some or no prior knowledge of Linguistics. Candidate should normally have 2H2 in a Bachelors Degree, academic references from two academic referees who are able to provide details about your academic abilities and motivations.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0/6.5 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Linguistics interfaces with a range of areas. It can lead to careers in:

-language teaching
-computer science
-cognitive science
-speech and language therapy
-speech processing
-artificial intelligence
-publishing and media

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Bettina Migge
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8302

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core



Literature Review

Corpus Linguistics

Stage 1 - Option
Human Language Technologies

Minority Languages

Grad Language Impairment

Global English


Laboratory Practicals in Psychology I

Psychology of Language and Language Acquisition

Behavioural Neuroscience

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Linguistics FT (Z003)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

GradDip Linguistics (Z003) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 5890
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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