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 .
-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.