MA in Applied Linguistics

Application Code: Z227 (full-time) & Z228 (part-time)

Applied Linguistics is concerned with practical issues involving language in use in the real world: language in the workplace, language and migration, language policy, multilingualism, language education, minority and endangered languages, identity issues, and language and technology. It is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that addresses a broad range of language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society. Applied Linguistics differs from Linguistics in general mainly with respect to its explicit orientation towards practical, everyday problems related to language and communication (AILA), as well as language teaching and learning. This Masters programme comprises taught modules and a minor thesis, and can also be the basis for a structured PhD programme. It is an interdisciplinary programme with input from languages, linguistics, TESOL, sociology, social policy, education, and cognitive science. Parallel to the MA in Applied Linguistics, the School offers a Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (60 credits) which contains all course elements of the MA, apart from the 30 credit thesis.

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Students must have a high Second Class Honours BA degree or its equivalent. Non-native English speakers must have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no individual band lower than 6.0 or equivalent.

Please find all information on fees here:

The MA in Applied Linguistics is offered as a full-time or part-time programme. Full-time students are required to accumulate 90 credits in one year. Part-time students may spread the required modules over two years. We recommend that part-time students cover at least half the required modules in year one (30 credits). However, the appropriate workload will be discussed with each part-time student on an individual basis.

Students must accumulate 90 credits in all: 30 from core modules, 30 from the minor thesis and 30 from a range of optional modules.

The following list is indicative, as options vary from year to year:

Core modules (30ECTS credits)

Minor Thesis (30ECTS credits)

Optional modules (30ECTS credits)

30ECTS credits from a list of modules offered in UCD. The following list is indicative, as options vary from year to year:

Applications for this programme are welcome from 1st October each year. Applicants are required to apply online at, and ensure that they submit all the documentation requested, including complete university transcripts or equivalent qualifications, a CV, one academic reference and an administration fee of €50.

For any additional information about academic issues relating to the programme, please contact:

Dr Rosario Hernández:
Professor Vera Regan:

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