MA in Applied Linguistics

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

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. 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.

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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.

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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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