MA Linguistics

University College Dublin

Course Overview

The MA Linguistics introduces students to current research approaches, methods and theories in core areas of Linguistics.

Students acquire fundamental skills in linguistic analysis and its effective application to a wide range of language-based phenomena. It develops critical transferable skills such as academic communication, group learning and project design. The programme nurtures essential academic values such as systematic and empirically-based investigation and critical reflection. The programme provides a flexible learning environment and encourages students to identify and pursue their own research interests. Modules apply a range of teaching and learning approaches and are taught by experienced academic staff.
• Introduction to contemporary theoretical approaches to language in a variety of fields of Linguistics
• Introduction to the analysis of language data in a variety of fields of Linguistics
• Transferable Skills: presentation skills, critical analytical skills, project work and academic writing

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,900 p.a.

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Internationally recognised scholars offer advanced education across the subject areas of French, German, Italian and Spanish, their cultures and languages.
  • Small graduate seminars at UCD ensure intensive interaction with academic staff and an ideal learning environment.
  • The programme aims to develop students’ communicative and analytical skills to a sophisticated level of proficiency in the language(s) studied as well as in English.
  • Close individual supervision by a specialist in the field is central to the preparation of the Minor Thesis.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

• A Bachelor of Arts or Sciences normally with a minimum 2.1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA of 3.08 (NFQ Level 8 ) or equivalent. A sample of cognate areas include Linguistics, Languages, Computational Sciences, Cognitive Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology and Geography.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
• Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
These are the minimum entry requirements additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing center closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110.

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

Linguistics interfaces with a range of areas. It can lead to careers in:
• language teaching
• computer science
• cognitive science
• education
• speech and language therapy
• speech processing
• artificial intelligence
• publishing and media