MA Applied Linguistics

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

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. This 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. 

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

 

  • Taught by internationally recognised experts from a variety of disciplines, based on state of the art research.
  • Students have access to online learning resources and networked computer facilities

Careers & Employability

Students can pursue research at PhD level and work at universities, both in Ireland and internationally.
Examples of careers pursued by applied linguistics graduates include: teaching, public and private sector employment (internationally and within Ireland), customer relations manager, marketing consultant, technical copy editor, technical writer, training and development manager, administrative assistant and work in the Non-profit sector.

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

•    Anyone interested in the practical issues of communication in social contexts 
•    Those interested in understanding how languages are learnt and taught
•    Anyone with a qualification in languages seeking to enhance their career prospects in their current employment 

 

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, culminating in the completion of a minor thesis during the summer semester. 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 

  • 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).
  • critically analyse 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
  • 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 on Second Language Acquisition and Learning.
  • 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).
  • Conduct targeted research using the methodologies employed in Applied Linguistics.
  • Critically analyse both psychological and social factors associated with second language acquisition and development.
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in the acquisition or application of knowledge or skills.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Synthesise and evaluate case studies from the literature on Second Language Acquisition and Learning.

View All Modules Here

Core modules:

  • Second Language Teaching
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to Translation AL
  • Research methods
  • Minor Thesis 


Optional modules:

  • Translation Theory
  • The English Language for TESOL
  • Minority Languages
  • Sociolinguistics 
  • Phonology
  • Languages & Learning in Schools
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Global English
  • Intercultural Communication

Please note that all modules are subject to change and offerings may vary slightly from year to year. 

MA Applied Linguistics (Z227) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7920
nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

MA Applied Linguistics (Z228) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4760
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.

  • An upper second class honours degree (a 2H1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA of 3.08 NFQ Level 8) or the international equivalent is required.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must normally also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Students registered to the Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics have the option to transfer after the Autumn Trimester into the MA Degree in Applied Linguistics if the School is satisfied with their Language competency.
  • 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 

Clarissa de Sousa Oliveira, Brazil,
PhD Candidate

The first time I visited UCD, I immediately fell in love with the University’s warm international community atmosphere. The MA was appealing to me as it covered many areas of my primary degree which mainly related to languages (Portuguese and English). I had great interest in learning more about language acquisition, teaching and learning a second language and therefore this masters programme was the perfect fit for me. I also thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the new reality I was experiencing in multicultural Dublin. The MA has helped me in a variety of areas related to languages. Thanks to the MA, I have worked as an interpreter, translator and a teacher of Brazilian Portuguese as a foreign language and I have since chosen to be a university lecturer.

 

Yawen Ren
MA 2017 

I was always obsessed with languages. Not only the language itself, but also language acquisitions and use in various contexts. After completing my BA in Russian Literacy, I spent a year working for a language school in China before deciding to do my masters. The year in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics is one of my most cherished experiences. An important element distinguishing UCD from other universities is its flexible curriculum. Doing my MA Applied Linguistics, I also chose modules from Linguistics and TESOL, which enriched my knowledge and enhanced my language teaching skills as well. I really appreciated the support offered as the courses are taught in small groups, with professional and accessible teachers.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Applied Linguistics FT (Z227)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *
MA Applied Linguistics PT (Z228)
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