Program Overview

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.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Autumn Semester

Core Modules


  • Applied Linguistics
  • Research Methodologies
  • Approaches to Discourse Analysis’

Electives - Choose 2 from the following:

  • Language and Inclusion in Organisations​
  • Materials Development for Language Teaching
  • Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Studies
  • Professional Language Use for Language Teachers
  • Varieties in English
  • Translation Studies: Theories and Applications
  • SLA Theories and Classroom Applicationsion in Organisations

Spring Semester    

Core Modules


  • External Academic Placement
  • External Academic Placement Project

  • Applied Linguistics II

Electives - Choose 2 from the following:

  • Language Systems 2
  • Language Pedagogy for ELT
  • Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students
  • Professional Language Use for Language Teachers 2 
  • ICT and Language Studies
  • Culture and the Market           
  • Sociolinguistics of Irish Media
  • Pragmatics and Applied Linguistics

Summer Semester

  • Research Dissertation in the area of Applied Linguistics (15,000-20,000 words) for students taking the MA

  • Applied Linguistics International Praxis

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).

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status

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


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