Linguistics - Applied Linguistics MA

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Course Code: CKE01 Full-time

Course Title: Linguistics - Applied Linguistics

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Linguistics - Applied Linguistics

Duration: 1 year Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE: €6,000; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €13,000.

Entry Requirements: In order to be admitted to the MA in Applied Linguistics, a candidate must have a 2.1 BA (Hons) Degree which includes a language. For all applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no individual section lower than 5.5) or TOEFL equivalent is required. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at

Closing Date: See details in Application Procedure below

Next Intake: 10 September 2018


This course will provide you with the tools to describe language from various analytical perspectives and with insight and training in various branches of applied linguistics. A further component of the course relates to the development of research skills in terms of methodological training for conducting research in this field. There will be a number of invited guest speakers who are international specialists in their field, and who reflect student interests in a particular year. A thesis component allows specialisation on a research topic of specific interest to you.

While previous study of linguistics is not required, the course will specifically interest you if you are a language graduate or have an interest in a language-related career, such as language teaching, journalism, communications, media, speech and language therapy.


Course Details

This one-year MA course will appeal to a wide range of people, including present and future language teachers, and those interested in the various areas of linguistics.

In the first semester, students are introduced to the basics of linguistics, including: 

  • phonetics and phonology
  • morphology and syntax
  • pragmatics and semantics
  • sociolinguistics
  • second language acquisition.

 The second semester offers modules in areas of specialisation, i.e.   

  • language and identity
  • critical discourse analysis
  • language teaching and post-colonialism
  • introduction to second/foreign language teaching methodologies.

The course begins in the second week of September, with course teaching ending in early April. You submit your thesis in early October. The course involves attendance at lectures and seminars, the writing of course papers and completion of other assessed tasks.

The range of module topics on offer is subject to staff availability.

The modules are complemented by a number of seminars on research methods in applied linguistics, as well as guest lectures by international specialists in the field.

Among former guest speakers were:

David Crystal (University of Wales, Bangor),

Ruth Wodak (University of Lancaster),

Christoph Schröder (University of Potsdam),

Wilfried Stötting (University of Oldenburg),

Jeff Kallen (Trinity College Dublin),

Fiona Gibbon (University College Cork),

Carmen Munoz (University of Barcelona),

Richard Towell (University of Salford),

Anne O’Keeffee (University of Limerick),

Barbara Schmenk (University of Waterloo/Canada)

Diarmait Mac Ghiolla Chriost (Cardiff University/England)

Margaret Deuchar (University of Bangor/University of Cambridge).

For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar

Detailed Entry Requirements

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note you will be required to answer a specific additional supplementary question as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of this additional/supplementary question is available to view here:CKE01AdditionalQuestions (5kB)


Course Practicalities

The course generally includes three two-hour weekly lectures and seminars led by different members of the lecturing team. Individual supervision is provided for the purposes of the minor thesis component through regular meetings between you and your supervisor. The course teaching is complemented by recommended reading lists provided by individual lecturers.


The course is assessed by assignments in various forms such as practical exercises, oral presentations and essays. A minor thesis is also a requirement.

Who Teaches This Course

Dr. Barbara Siller  is the Coordinator of the MA Applied Linguistics.  She is Lecturer in the Department of German where she teaches Linguistics and Literature.  Her research interests in the field of linguistics include Sociolinguistics, Translation and Self-Translation, Multilingualism and Code-switching in Texts, and Discourse Analysis, in particular Identity Discourse

Dr Anne Marie Devlin

Dr Martin Howard 

Mag. Dragan Miladinovic is the current Austrian Exchange Service Lecturer (OeAD) in the Department of German.   He is also coordinator of the German Languages-for-All-programme as well as for the German evening classes.
His research interest lies in critical migration research and critical applied linguistics on the one hand, in language teaching, teacher training and performative approaches to language teaching on the other.

Dr. Emma Riordan

Annarita Magliacane is a final year PhD-candidate in Applied Linguistics in University College Cork and the University of Naples Federico II. Since 2014 she has been teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Language Centre in UCC. Annarita is a member of the COST Action Study Abroad Research in European Perspective and also holds the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the Language Centre, University College Cork.  Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, and Discourse Analysis. Her current project focuses on the sociopragmatic development in study abroad contexts

Seána Ryan currently works as a College Language Teacher, with responsibility for coordination and teaching of first-year beginner Spanish language programmes. Her research interests include Sociolinguistics, with a particular focus on Afro-Hispanic language and identity, and the role of language in migration, as well as the phonetics and phonology of Spanish as a global language. Her current research project examines the position of the Spanish language in post-colonial Africa, and its role in the successful, or otherwise, integration of Afro-Hispanic immigrants in Spain.

Sara Lis Ventura is a PhD-candidate in the Department of Italian in University College Cork. She worked as an Italian Language Teacher in Italy, India and South Korea, before she came to Ireland.  Her research interests include multimodal discourse, digital storytelling, language production and creativity, the use of games in FL teaching. Her current project focuses on Digital storytelling in teaching Italian as a Foreign Language

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