MA in Applied Linguistics

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

Unfortunately, we have to inform you that due to exceptional circumstances, the MA in Applied Linguistics will not be going ahead in 2020/21. However, we would like to invite you to consider joining the MA in Linguistics (Z028) instead. The MA in Linguistics provides the same and additional opportunities for learning and broadens your employability options. It will give you a solid grounding in current research approaches, methods, theories and hands-on work in a range of areas in linguistics, including Applied Linguistics.

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.

Programme outcomes

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of selected areas of Applied Linguistics depending on their choice of modules (language variation, language development, language learning).
  • Critical analysed both psychological and social factors associated with second language acquisition and development.
  • Show awareness of the role of language within the broader field of communication, including its role in constructing individual and group identities, and its role in a variety of public contexts such as education, politics and the media.
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to think and reason critically, to evaluate evidence and argumentation, and to form a critical judgement of one's own work as well as the work of others.
  • Conduct targeted research using the methodologies employed in Applied Linguistics.
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in the acquisition or application of knowledge or skills.
  • Synthesise and evaluate case studies from the literature review on Second Language Acquisition and 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.

Please find all information on fees here: http://www.ucd.ie/students/fees/index.html

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.

Programme Structure

This Masters programme includes taught modules (60 credits) and a minor thesis (30 credits), and can also be the basis for a structured PhD programme. Modules are 10 credits worth unless otherwise indicated.

Core modules (30ECTS credits)

Autumn Trimester

  • SLL40180 Second Language Teaching and Learning (Tuesday, 2-4pm)
  • SLL40290 Second Language Acquisition (Wednesday 11-1pm)

Spring Trimester:

  • SLL40110 Research Methods* (Thursday 2-4pm)
  • LING40350 Translation AL* (Tuesday 11am and Thursday 12pm)

Summer Trimester:

  • Minor Thesis (30ECTS credits)


Optional modules (30ECTS credits, offer vary from year to year)

Autumn Trimester

  • GER 40040 Translation Theory (Tuesday 5-7pm)
  • LANG40590 The English language for TESOL (Wednesday 2-4pm)
  • LING40220 Minority Languages (Monday 11-12pm and Wednesday 12-1pm)
  • LING40290 Sociolinguistics for AL (Wednesday 9-11am)
  • LING40310 Phonology for AL (Wednesday 2-4pm)

Spring Trimester:

  • EDUC43280 Languages and Learning in Schools (Tuesday 10-12pm)
  • LING30140 Corpus Linguistics (Tuesday 2-3pm and Thursday 2-3pm)
  • LING40260 Global English (Tuesday 10-11am and Thursday 10-11am)

All module descriptors can be found HERE.

Applications for this programme are welcome from 1st October each year. Applicants are required to apply online at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html, 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: charo.hernandez@ucd.ie
Professor Vera Regan: vera.regan@ucd.ie

Find further information on the MA in Applied Linguistics HERE.