MA Linguistics

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Linguistics introduces students to current research approaches, methods and theories in core areas of Linguistics. Students acquire fundamental skills in linguistic analysis and its effective application to a wide range of language-based phenomena. It develops critical transferable skills such as academic communication, group learning and project design. The programme nurtures essential academic values such as systematic and empirically-based investigation and critical reflection. The programme provides a flexible learning environment and encourages students to identify and pursue their own research interests. Modules apply a range of teaching and learning approaches and are taught by experienced academic staff. 

  • Introduction to contemporary theoretical approaches to language in a variety of fields of Linguistics
  • Introduction to the analysis of language data in a variety of fields of Linguistics
  • Transferable Skills: presentation skills, critical analytical skills, project work and academic writing

Please visit our website for more information: https://www.ucd.ie/slcl/study/postgraduateprogrammes/mainlinguistics/

Careers & Employability

Linguistics interfaces with a range of areas. It can lead to careers in:

  • language teaching
  • computer science
  • cognitive science
  • education
  • speech and language therapy
  • speech processing
  • artificial intelligence
  • publishing  and media

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This programme is designed for students with some or no prior background in Linguistics. It aims to provide a thorough grounding in the core area of Linguistics and to introduce students to current research issues and contemporary theoretical approaches and practices. Students with a linguistics background are also encouraged to apply.

This programme provides a flexible learning environment in that it encourages students to identify and pursue their own research interests in relation to language 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. These skills are acquired through module-based learning and significantly enhanced through work on a substantial independent research project, the minor MA thesis, during semester three.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the scientific principles, processes and approaches that underpin linguistic reasoning, analysis and research.
  • Students will be able to critically analyse secondary sources, primary empirical data and existing research methods.
  • Students will be able to systematically apply language-based theories, approaches and research methods to a wide range of related contexts such as language learning, language documentation, language awareness, language technology, language planning
  • Students will be able to design coherent studies on a wide range of language-based phenomena, systematically analyze such phenomena and coherently communicate the findings.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use electronic research tools commonly used in linguistics.
  • Students will be able to •demonstrate the ability to apply key transferable skills – presentation, information gathering and assessment, group-work and academic writing skills.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and the ability to systematically apply ethical standards in Human Subject research.
  • Students will be able to critically analyse secondary sources, primary empirical data and existing research methods.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and the ability to systematically apply ethical standards in Human Subject research.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the scientific principles, processes and approaches that underpin linguistic reasoning, analysis and research.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use electronic research tools commonly used in linguistics.
  • Students will be able to design coherent studies on a wide range of language-based phenomena, systematically analyze such phenomena and coherently communicate the findings.
  • Students will be able to systematically apply language-based theories, approaches and research methods to a wide range of related contexts such as language learning, language documentation, language awareness, language technology, language planning
  • Students will be able to •demonstrate the ability to apply key transferable skills – presentation, information gathering and assessment, group-work and academic writing skills.

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Option Modules - students can also take modules from the MA TESOL and from the MA Applied Linguistics following consultation.

MA Linguistics (Z028) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7315
nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

MA Linguistics (Z224) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4390
nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

A Bachelor of Arts or Sciences normally with a minimum 2.1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA of 3.08 (NFQ Level 8 ) or equivalent.  A sample of cognate areas include Linguistics, Languages, Computational Sciences, Cognitive Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology and Geography. 

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/ 

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Jonathan Hardjopranoto
MA 2018

When I applied for the MA Linguistics at UCD, I had ideas and assumptions of what kind of linguistics I would be studying. All of them did not turn out to be true as the programme exceeded my expectations and covered different angles of linguistics I never thought of before. Since it deepened my appreciation of linguistics, I am now looking for opportunities to take a PhD in linguistics.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Linguistics FT (Z028)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *
MA Linguistics PT (Z224)
Duration
2 Years
Attendance
Part Time
Deadline
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised