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Applied Linguistics

MA Applied Linguistics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
MA Applied Linguistics FT is an interdisciplinary programme concerned with practical issues involving language use in our globalised, multilingual world: language in the workplace, language and migration, language policy, multilingualism, language education and endangered languages, identity issues and language and technology.

-Taught by internationally recognised experts from a variety of disciplines, based on state of the art research.
-Students have access to online learning resources and networked computer facilities.

Who Should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

• Anyone interested in the practical issues of communication in social contexts
• Those interested in understanding how languages are learnt and taught
• Anyone with a qualification in languages seeking to enhance their career prospects in their current employment.

Vison & Values Statement
The MA in Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at students who wish to develop their understanding of a broad range of language-related issues which play a pivotal role in our globalised, multilingual world. Second language acquisition and foreign language learning are among the most central of these issues. The programme provides relevant qualifications for students who seek employment in a broad range of language-related jobs.

The programme stresses the importance of critical thinking and reflection and draws on a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to develop enquiry-based learning about language and communication. We value interdisciplinarity, a problem solving approach to real life issues, and the potential to make a difference in peoples lives.

We aim to provide a learning environment that encourages students to investigate theoretical and practical aspects of language acquisition and use, at individual as well as societal levels. Students will also learn to formulate research proposals and to undertake independent research, culminating in the completion of a minor thesis during the summer semester. Modules are taught in small groups by academics who are leaders in their fields.

Learning is facilitated mainly through alternating lectures and seminars, underpinned by strong student active participation in oral presentations and the facilitation of class discussion. As a result of this approach, learning activities and assessment approaches include written essays and critical reviews, oral presentations, and reflective learning .

Programme Outcomes
-Students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of selected areas of Applied Linguistics depending on their choice of modules (language variation, language development, language learning).
-critically analyse both psychological and social factors associated with second language acquisition and development.
-show awareness of the role of language within the broader field of communication, including its role in constructing individual and group identities, and its role in a variety of public contexts such as education, politics
-demonstrate an advanced ability to think and reason critically, to evaluate evidence and argumentation, and to form a critical judgement of one's own work as well as the work of others.
-conduct targeted research using the methodologies employed in Applied Linguistics.
-demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in the acquisition or application of knowledge or skills.
-synthesise and evaluate case studies from the literature on Second Language Acquisition and Learning.

Entry requirements

-An upper second class honours degree 2H1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA of 3.08 NFQ Level 8 or the international equivalent is required.

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

-Applicants that have an overall of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with no category less than 6.0, could apply for the Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics Z229 and after Semester 1 appy to transfer into the MA if the School is satisfied with their language proficiency.


1 Years / 2 Years

The following entry routes are available:

MA Applied Linguistics FT (Z227)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Applied Linguistics PT (Z228)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Students can pursue research at PhD level and work at universities, both in Ireland and internationally. Examples of careers pursued by applied linguistics graduates include: teaching, public and private sector employment (internationally and within Ireland), customer relations manager, marketing consultant, technical copy editor, technical writer, training and development manager, administrative assistant, fund raiser.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Vera Regan
Contact Number: +353 0(1) 716 8302

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Translation AL

Minor Thesis

Research Methods

Second Language Teaching and Learning

Second Language Acquisition

Stage 1 - Option
Languages&Learning in Schools

Translation Studies: Theoretical Approaches

The English Language for TESOL

The English Teaching Context

Corpus Linguistics

Minority Languages

Global English

Sociolinguistics for AL

Phonology for AL

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA Applied Linguistics (Z227) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7640
nonEU fee per year - €19200

MA Applied Linguistics (Z228) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4590
nonEU fee per year - €9600

***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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