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MA Linguistics

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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 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

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This programme is designed for students with some 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. Students with a linguistics background are also encouraged to apply.

Vision and Values Statement

The MA in Linguistics introduces students to current research approaches, methods and theories in core areas of linguistics as well as their effective application to a wide range of language-based phenomena. The program provides relevant qualifications for students who seek employment in a broad range of language related jobs or a professional career in linguistics and related fields.

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 research interests in relation to language through a wide range of option modules, while at the same time acquiring in-depth subject knowledge and competency as well as indispensable transferrable skills. These skills are acquired through module-based learning and significantly enhanced through work on a substantial independent research project, the minor MA thesis, during semester three.

Programme Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the scientific principles, processes and approaches that underpin linguistic reasoning, analysis and research.

Students will be able to critically analyse secondary sources, primary empirical data and existing research methods.

Students will be able to 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

Students will be able to design coherent studies on a wide range of language-based phenomena, systematically analyze such phenomena and coherently communicate the findings.

Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use electronic research tools commonly used in linguistics.

Students will be able to •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.


1 Years / 2 Years

Careers or further progression

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

Option Modules - students can also take modules from the MA TESOL and from the MA Applied Linguistics following consultation.

Stage 1 - Core




Literature Review

MA Thesis

Corpus Linguistics

Stage 1 - Option

Human Language Technologies

Minority Languages

Grad Language Impairment

Global English


Intercultural Communication

Psychology of Language and Language Acquisition

Behavioural Neuroscience

Second Language Acquisition

Application date

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

The following entry routes are available:

MA Linguistics FT (Z028)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Linguistics PT (Z224)
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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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