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Applied Linguistics (Structured), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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This doctoral programme in Applied Linguistics (Structured) from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick is a four-year, full-time programme which includes a combination of taught modules (in Year 1 of the programme) and individual research, the principal component being the doctoral thesis.

About

In tandem with the doctoral thesis, this Applied Linguistics (Structured) course from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick aims to enhance the professional knowledge of language teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language as a system (grammar, lexis and phonology), language learning and acquisition, as well as language in its broader societal context.

The taught component of the Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics (PhD AL) aims to provide a broad-based course of study in language description (language systems: grammar, lexis and phonology), theories of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, frameworks for the study of discourse, as well as specialist research skills for the empirical analysis of language in context. Specifically, it aims to:

  • Enhance the professional knowledge of language teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language as a system (grammar, lexis and phonology), language learning and acquisition, as well as language in its broader societal context.
  • Develop students’ ability to utilise theoretical frameworks for the analysis of discourse to address specific language-related real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language;
  • Promote an in-depth understanding of the key issues and debates in the field of Applied Linguistics;
  • Develop specialist skills in the empirical analysis of language in context using corpus linguistics and other digital tools.

Careers

The programme creates a structured professional development opportunity for those working in the following areas:

  • Language teaching and language education in general
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) / Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Learning materials editing and publishing
  • Language course development
  • Translation

The PhD AL is also key in the development of a structured pathway to an academic career in the area of Applied Linguistics and in building a strong research profile. A doctorate is required for most higher education faculty members, which includes both lecturers and researchers. The programme will also enhance opportunities in teaching and programme design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in third level institutions. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Core Features of Language: Grammar, Vocabulary and Phonology
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • Academic Writing: lexicogrammar and discourse
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Classroom and Learner Discourse
  • Introduction to Irish English 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to First Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Any one of the following criteria must be met for entry:

  • A first class honours primary degree in Applied Linguistics or a related area.
  • A 2.1 honours Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics or a related area.
  • A 2.2 honours Master’s degree, plus two years’ experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields.

Alternatively, if you meet the below criteria, you may apply for MIC's MA in Applied Linguistics. You may then transfer to Year 2 of the Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics if you meet progression requirements including required grade average on this programme:

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

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12825 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12825 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6425 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6425 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Tuition fees for the 2,3 and 4 years:

  • EU - 4,403 EUR per year.
  • NON-EU - 8,781 EUR per year.

Living costs for Limerick

  • 850 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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