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 MA in Applied Linguistics (On Campus; Blended; Online)

The course is aimed primarily at Language Teachers and other language professionals. The Masters in Applied Linguistics aims to provide a broad-based course of study in language description (language systems: grammar, lexis and phonology), theories of Applied Linguistics, theories of Second Language Acquisition, frameworks for the study of discourse, sociolinguistics, as well as specialist research skills for the empirical analysis of language in context. While its main focus is on the use and teaching of the English language in a global context, it will address a national and international need for professional development among language teachers and language professionals.

To offer the optimum flexibility, the course is offered in three possible delivery formats: face-to-face on campus, fully online or blended (a combination of face-to-face and online delivery).

Programme Structure

Typically, the course will run over three 12 week semesters. Typically, Semesters 1 and 2 will each have four taught modules (lectures and course work). Semester 3 will be dedicated to the writing of a dissertation. The three semesters can be taken back-to-back in one calendar year (September – August), using the summer period for the dissertation module. Alternatively, the course can be taken over one and a half years. Part-time options are also available. Each module will involve ongoing assessment, such as essays and oral presentations. For those students opting for the blended and online delivery formats, the assessments will have online options for completion.

Course Lecturers

The course lecturers include internationally renowned Dr Anne O’Keeffe and Dr Brian Clancy(both from Mary Immaculate). The course will also include guest webinars by Prof. Michael McCarthy,
Dr. Scott Thornbury, Prof. Steve Walsh, Geraldine Mark, Dr Ivor Timmis , and others.

Course Fees: Information about fees can be found on our 'How to Apply' page

Further information: Please contact Dr Joan O'Sullivan, Programme Coordinator joan.osullivan@mic.ul.ie

Listen to Prof. Michael McCarthy, speaking about the MA in Applied Linguistics programme: here

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Read student testimonials about the MA in Applied Linguistics: here

Listen to Dr. Joan O’Sullivan, programme coordinator, speaking about the MA in Applied Linguistics: here

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How can the MA in Applied Linguistics at MIC benefit primary school teachers?

The aims of the MA in Applied Linguistics are to:

  • Enhance the professional knowledge of Language Teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language (grammar, lexis and phonology.
  • Develop participants’ ability to utilise theoretical frameworks for the analysis of discourse to enhance their ability to address specific language-related real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language.
  • Provide a broad understanding of the key issues and debates in language teaching and learning.
  • Develop specialist skills in the empirical analysis of language in context using corpus linguistics.
  • Click here to view the Programme Outline.

    Typically the following entry requirements will apply:

    * A 2.2 honours primary degree, plus two years’ experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields.

    * Relevant prior experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields considered on a case-by-case basis


    In the case of non-native speakers of English, an English Language competency equivalent to an IELTS level 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any one component is required. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

    Fees (EU and non-EU):

    1. For more information about fees for this programme please go the Postgraduate Fees 2016-17 page - click here

      How to Apply

      1. Download and complete the application form for taught postgraduate programmes - click here
        • The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
        • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS is also required, or equivalent.
      2. Return the application form plus application fee* by post to:
        • Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland
        • Telephone: +353 61 204348 / 204929
        • admissions@mic.ul.ie

      Please print off the PayPal confirmation receipt or number, and attach it to your application, as failure to do so will render your application invalid.

      Closing date for applications: 25th August 2017



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