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Graduate Diploma in Linguistics

Graduate Diploma in Linguistics

Application Code: Z003 (full-time)

The Graduate Diploma in Linguistics is open to graduates (BA or equivalent) from all disciplines. It is suitable for both people with prior knowledge in Linguistics and for people with little or no prior knowledge of Linguistics.

What is the programme about?

The Graduate Diploma in Linguistics gives students grounding in current research, approaches, methods and theories in core areas of linguistics and encourages their effective application to a wide range of language-based phenomena in areas such as language technology, language learning and teaching, the psychology of language, language planning and development. It does not deal with any specific language, but explores phenomena across a range of languages.

What will students learn?

The program nurtures core academic values such as the importance of systematic and empirically-based investigation of language phenomena based on critical reflection of existing theories and approaches and the analysis and collection of primary data. It promotes the importance of a multi-method approach to exploring language phenomena and emphasizes the relevance of interdisciplinary and inter-cultural perspectives. Students receive ample training in research.

Students will develop a range of transferrable skills such as critical analysis, academic communication skills, autonomous individual and group learning and research skills. The programme also enhances pattern recognition and empirical study design skills.

How will learning be facilitated?

Learning will take place through a variety of teaching and learning approaches. They include critical assessment of existing studies, methods and theories, hands-on group and individual project work, problem-based research approaches, group discussions, oral presentations and range of written work.

The program provides a flexible learning environment. It encourages students to identify and pursue their own research interests through a wide range of option modules, while at the same time acquiring in-depth subject knowledge and competency as well as indispensable transferrable skills.


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

What are the requirements for admission?

No prior knowledge of Linguistics is required for admission to the MA programme.

Applicants must have a BA or equivalent, having ideally reached a 2H1 or better. Applications with a 2H2 average are considered on a case-by-case basis.

All students have to normally supply academic references from two academic referees who are able to provide details about your academic abilities and motivations

Students whose first language is not English and who did not complete their school education through English (or Irish) have to take an IELTS test to provide proof of their English language skills. Students are expected to reach a minimum overall score of 6.5 and no band below 6.5 (particularly in writing and speaking).

Students who fall a bit short (0.5 in one band) of the required scores may consider attending a five-week pre-sessional Academic English course in the Applied Language Center prior to the start of the MA programme.[1]

[1] In order to be admitted to the programme, students have to reach a C overall and no band below C- for the final assessment of the course.

UCD offers a full-time programme. Students take taught modules in Semesters 1 and 2, including a literature review module. The programme consists of the following core and option modules:

Core module (taught on Wednesdays over 12 weeks)

Semester 1:   

LING 40090 Sociolinguistics (7.5 Credits)

LING 40110 Syntax (7.5 Credits)

Semester 2:   

LING 40050 Phonology (7.5 Credits)

LING40320 Corpus Linguistics (7.5 Credits)

LING 40230 Literature Review (10 credits)

Each student selects an area of investigation (in conjunction with a supervisor) between January and early March. Students then critically review the published literature on the topic (March to end of April). Assessment involves a conference-like presentation of academic literature and an outline of the thesis research (middle of May) and a write-up of the literature review.                   

The module may involve a few meetings with the whole group.

 Option modules (20 credits in total over Semesters 1 and 2)

The option modules take place on different days of the week – some meet twice a week. The most commonly offered include:

Semester 1:   

LING 40250 Graduate Language Impairment (10 credits)

LING 40220 Minority Languages (10 credits)

PSY 30050 Behavioural Neuroscience (5 credits)

OR Modules from Applied Linguistics or TESOL[1]

Semester 2:   

LING 40260 Global English (10 credits)

PSY 20060 Psychology of Language (5 credits)

COMP 40020 Human Language Technologies (5 credits)

OR Modules from Applied Linguistics or TESOL


Students doing the GradDip in Linguistics may wish to be upgraded to the MA in Linguistics. They can apply for the upgrade at the end of Semester 1. Applications are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and a change of programme is dependent on the student’s performance during Semester 1.

Who teaches on the MA in Linguistics?

The core modules and some of the option modules are taught by staff in Linguistics.

Prof Bettina Migge Room A312 bettinamigge@ucd.ie

Mr Feargal Murphy Room A321 feargal.murphy@ucd.ie

Dr Máire Ní Chiosáin Room TBC maire.nichiosain@ucd.ie

Prof Jamal Ouhalla Room A315 j.ouhalla@ucd.ie

Sandrine Peraldi Room TBC sandrine.peraldi@ucd.ie

Option modules are offered by Prof Rosario Hernandez, Prof Vera Regan, Julie Bernsdsen, and Prof Tina Hickey among others.

How are applications processed?

Applications have to be made online at: http://www.ucd.ie/apply/. Once the complete application has been received, it is reviewed by the international office and/or the School. Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed on a rolling basis generally until early August.

Non-EU students should try to apply as early as possible – between January and March, and ideally no later than early May – as most of the scholarship competitions take place between February and April and the issuing of visas may take up to three months, particularly during the summer when there is usually a high volume of applications. For details, please contact the UCD International.

For any technical and administrative help with the application, please contact slcl@ucd.ie

For any additional information about academic issues relating to the programme, please contact bettinamigge@ucd.ie.

Find furhter information on the Graduate Diploma in Linguistics HERE

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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