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Applied Linguistics (International) MA

Course Details

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr Maria Rieder
Email:
Maria.Rieder@ul.ie
Tel:
+353 (0) 61 234858
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Brief Description

The MA is about exploring language in use in a wide variety of real-world situations and contexts (education, politics and wider society). The MA has a strong international focus both in practical terms with the possibility of an overseas semester, as well as advanced language options in English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Spanish, and in theoretical terms reflecting faculty research interest in language and globalisation.

The Graduate Diploma/Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (International) is a one-year taught programme and is offered on a full-time basis using a combination of faculty-student contact hours and self-directed learning and research. The MA is about exploring language in use in a wide variety of real-world situations and contexts (education, politics and wider society). The MA has a strong international focus both in practical terms with the possibility of an overseas semester, as well as advanced language options in English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Spanish (all languages may not run each year), and in theoretical terms reflecting faculty research interest in language and globalisation.

 

 

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Core Modules
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Research Methodologies
  • Language and Inclusion in Organisations​

 

Electives - Choose 2 from the following:

  • Language Systems 1
  • Materials Development for Language Teaching
  • English Language Proficiency 1 & Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Studies
  • Second Language Acquisition (French)
  • The French Language Today
  • German-Irish Cultural Constructions
  • Spanish in the Contemporary World
  • Sociolinguistics of Spanish
  • Professional Language Use for Language Teachers
  • Varieties in English
  • Translation Studies: Theories and Applications
  • SLA Theories and Classroom Applicationsion in Organisations
Core Modules
  • External Academic Placement
  • External Academic Placement Project

or

  • Applied Linguistics II

Electives - Choose 2 from the following:

  • Language Systems 2
  • Language Pedagogy for ELT
  • English Language Proficiency 2 & Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students
  • Professional Language Use for Language Teachers 2 
  • ICT and Language Studies
  • German Translation
  • Spanish Translation
  • Culture and the Market           
  • Sociolinguistics of Irish Media
  • French Translation
Research Dissertation in the area of
Applied Linguistics
(15,000-20,000 words) for
students taking the MA

or 

Applied Linguistics International Praxis

 Key features

  • Option to spend the second semester on external academic placement with a partner institution abroad, gaining valuable international experience.
  • Opportunity to gain career development skills.
  • Advanced proficiency and academic writing modules to enable international students to enhance their English skills.
  • Option for language graduates to continue with the study of one or two languages to a very high level.
  • Wide range of options to allow students to tailor their choice of electives to particular pathways, e.g. teaching, translation, sociolinguistics or language and technology.
  • Option to do an international praxis semester (12-week internship or placement) or a traditional dissertation in the summer semester. 

     

 

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 honours level (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject (languages, linguistics, media, communication, English are particularly welcomed, but applications from suitably qualified candidates from other disciplines will also be considered). An interview may form part of the selection process for all applicants. This will be done in person if possible or alternatively via Skype or video conferencing where the candidate is not available and cannot attend an interview.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may apply for admission to the MA in Applied Linguistics (International) programme as recognised prior learning may be taken into account. The admission of such applicants would be exceptional and would be subject to the approval of the Course Director and the Course Board. Places on the programme will be offered on the basis of the above, viz. qualifications, performance and interview, language proficiency level (if applicable).

What to Include with your Application:

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • A one page supporting statement

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Career Prospects

Students graduating from this course will be equipped to follow a number of career paths. These include: teaching at various levels (including university), school management, business, publishing, materials’ development, adult education and support, further study to PhD level.

Students pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Teaching at various levels
  • School management
  • Translation
  • Business, linguistic consultancy
  • Publishing Materials’ development

Graduate Testimonials

Marta Fortes-Saez, MA Applied Linguistics graduate, Class of 2018-19 “If you like languages and you are interested in learning a lot about not only how to teach a language but how language works, how it works in politics, in society, the power of language. It’s just amazing. This MA is open to the importance of language in society, more than I ever could have imagined.”

Mark Ryan, MA Applied Linguistics graduate and, Class of 2014-15 and current PHD candidate at the School of Modern Langauges and Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick.“Over the course of my BA in Applied Languages and MA in Applied Linguistics, both of which I completed at UL, I developed an encouraging network, comprising of teachers and fellow students. Returning to UL affords me the opportunity to preserve and foster these relationships which have been enriching thus far. My supervisors and teachers have always encouraged me and equipped me with the tools to engage with my particular research interests in a meaningful way – this is invaluable in my opinion.”