Course Description

Applied Linguistics (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)

​​The discipline of applied linguistics investigates a range of issues around language in contemporary society. Among these, the most prominent issues — and the central topics of the M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics — are those surrounding second and foreign language education. It is often said that globalisation has made the learning of additional languages an essential goal in education, but in truth, language learning has been important in most places at most times. In spite of this, language education in its various aspects was under-researched until the 1960s, so applied linguistics is a relatively young but increasingly important field.

There are two central strands in the applied linguistics of language teaching and learning. One, usually called second language acquisition, investigates the psychology of language learning, which is a phenomenon that is not confined to the classroom or other instructed contexts. The other, second language pedagogy, focuses on instruction at various different scales: language education policy, curriculum, teaching methods, and learning tasks. Given this educational focus, applied linguistics draws not only on linguistics, but also on educational psychology, educational philosophy, social psychology, and cognitive psychology, among other disciplines.

Closing Date: 30th June 2024

CollegeTrinity College Dublin
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 2
Course CategoryCommunications & Media
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyTrinity College Dublin
Awarding Body DetailsM.Phil./P.Grad.Dip.
Course Duration1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Entry RequirementsApplicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or equivalent; GPA of at least 3.2). Previous knowledge of applied linguistics is not required, but graduates with language teaching experience are preferred. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated in the English language must meet Trinity’s requirements for English language proficiency. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5 (with no band below 6). Trinity will also accept an equivalents in other approved English language proficiency tests. Students whose first language is not English are encouraged to attend our preparatory Summer course. Applicants must also provide a personal statement explaining their motivation for applying to this programme.
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