Graduate Programmes

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The ALC offers two graduate courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): the Graduate Diploma in TESOL and the MA in TESOL. For further information, please contact the TESOL administrator here.

"The MA TESOL programme is designed to fit the needs of teachers.  The course combined theory and practical research that allowed students to gain knowledge of the current research and teaching practices in the field and put them into practice.  As a secondary teacher from the US, I really appreciated that all of the assignments and tasks allowed me to pursue areas of interest that were relevant and applicable to my teaching role.  A major takeaway from this course was the emphasis on being a reflective practitioner—through collaboration, reflection, and research, I will continue to learn far beyond this course."  Carolyn - MA TESOL Student 2018/19

Global Language Electives


UCD Applied Language Centre (ALC) offers an extensive programme of Global Language Electives to students across the University.

IMPORTANT: Each language is worth 5 credits.

Languages available include: Arabic, Chinese, English (for general and academic purposes), French, German, Introduction to English Language Teaching, Irish Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili. These languages are offered at several stages of proficiency.

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English Language Programmes

UCD ALC has developed an international reputation for its English language programmes since its establishment in 1989.  It has developed a range of areas of expertise in teaching and pedagogy.  We have a team of highly trained and experienced teachers who are engaged in continuous development of our curricula. UCD ALC provides a wide range of English language courses throughout the year.

International Pathway Programmes

The International Pathway Programmes are specifically designed to offer our International students the best preparation for their undergraduate and postgraduate studies allowing them to maximise their performance during their time at Ireland’s Global University. 

Programmes available:

International Pre-Masters Pathway Programme

Global Engagement Master’s Partnership Pathway Programme

Pre-Sessional Programme

Each programme is dedicated to improving students’ English language proficiency before entering into their UCD degree while also maximising their potential for future success. Students will benefit from tailored English for Academic Purposes classes which employ the latest pedagogy in the field while those taking either of  the Master’s Pathway programmes will also benefit from subject specific and elective modules. All of which allows for a diverse and engaging introduction to UCD.