UCC Postgraduate courses

Linguistics - Applied Linguistics

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Linguistics - Applied Linguistics

  • Code

    CKE01 Full-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2018

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018


  • Entry Requirements

    Candidate must have a 2H1 BA (Hons) Degree which includes a language. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Late Applications Currently being Accepted

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    10 September 2018

Course Outline

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.

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

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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.

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

Why Choose This Course

This course will provide you with a solid grounding in various branches of applied linguistics, while at the same time allowing you considerable scope for specialisation in a research area of interest to you through the thesis component. You will also receive training in research methods, allowing you to develop generic skills which you will continue to draw on in your future career as well as in subsequent study at doctoral level.

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with an MA in Applied Linguistics?

This MA programme will specifically interest language graduates and those with an interest in language issues in society and a language-related career. Given the diverse branches of Applied Linguistics, students have considerable scope for specialisation in a research area of specific interest to them. A further strength of the programme is the training students receive in Research Methods, thereby developing generic skills which graduates will continue to draw upon in their future careers as well as in subsequent study at doctoral level for example.

Occupations associated with Applied Linguistics

-          Language teaching and education

-          Journalism

-          Communications

-          Media

-          Public relations

-          Speech and language therapy

While these are examples of career areas, the generic and transferrable skills developed on the MA programme will be helpful in all career paths.

What are our graduates doing?

Past graduates are pursuing careers in a wide range of areas, such as language teaching and education, communications, journalism, speech and language therapy, among others. Some graduates also choose to continue their studies at doctoral level through the PhD programme in Applied Linguistics that is offered at University College Cork. The generic skills that underlie the Research Methods training and the skills of analysis and interpretation that underlie the programme as a whole have been shown to be particularly fruitful in graduates’ subsequent professional and academic lives.

Commenting on her experience of the programme, U.S. student, Caitlin Jacobs writes,

“The professors teaching the MA in Applied Linguistics classes all made themselves very accessible both inside and outside the classroom. I enjoyed the group cohesion that came from having all of my classes with the same group, and the small size allowed discussions to be particularly rich.”


Candidate must have a 2H1 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.

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. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €6,000.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

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)

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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