Linguistics - Applied Linguistics - International

The Graduate Diploma/Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (International) is a one-year taught programme and is offered on a full-time basis using a combination of faculty-student contact hours and self-directed learning and research. The MA is about exploring language in use in a wide variety of realworld situations and contexts (education,politics and wider society). The MA has a strong international focus both in practical terms with the possibility of an overseas semester, as well as advanced language options in English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Spanish, and in theoretical terms reflecting faculty research interest in language and globalisation.

Key features

•Option to spend the second semester on external academic placement with a partner institution abroad, gaining valuable international experience.
•Opportunity to gain career development skills.
•Advanced proficiency and academic writing modules to enable international students to enhance their English skills.
•Option for language graduates to continue with the study of one or two languages to a very high level.
•Wide range of options to allow students to tailor their choice of electives to particular pathways, e.g. teaching, translation, sociolinguistics or language and technology.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 honours level (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject (languages, linguistics, media, communication, English are particularly welcomed, but applications from suitably qualified candidates from other disciplines will also be considered). An interview may form part of the selection process for all applicants. This will be done in person if possible or alternatively via Skype or video conferencing where the candidate is not available and cannot attend an interview.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may apply for admission to the MA in Applied Linguistics (International) programme as recognised prior learning may be taken into account. The admission of such applicants would be exceptional and would be subject to the approval of the Course Director and the Course Board. Places on the programme will be offered on the basis of the above, viz. qualifications, performance and interview, language proficiency level (if applicable).

What to Include with your Application:
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport
•A one page supporting statement

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


MAALINTFAD 1 year, full-time

Further enquiries

Contact Course Director
Dr Elaine Riordan
Tel: +353 (0) 61 202112

Subjects taught

Semester 1

Applied Linguistics
• Research Methodologies

Chose two of the following

• Language Systems 1
• Materials Development for Language Teaching
• English Language Proficiency 1
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Studies
• Second Language Acquisition
• The French Language Today
• German-Irish Cultural Constructions
• Spanish in the Contemporary World
• Sociolinguistics of Spanish
• Classroom and Learner Discourse
• Introduction to Irish English

Semester 2

• External Academic Placement
• Career Development in Applied Linguistics

Chose two of the following

• Language and Culture
• Language Systems 2
• ICT and Language Studies
• Sociolinguistics of Irish media
• Language Pedagogy for English Language Teaching
• Culture and the Market
• English Language Proficiency 2 &
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students
• French Translation
• German Translation
• Spanish Translation
• Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching

• Research dissertation in the area of Applied Linguistics
• (15,000-20,000 words) for students taking the MA

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!