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Masters in Linguistics (M.Phil.)

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Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.
Applications for 2019/20 will open on 1st November 2018

All MPhil students starting in September 2018 are required to attend CLCS orientation sessions in the department which run from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September.

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha
Full-time: one year, 6 to 8 hours per week of classes.
Part-time: two years, 2 to 6 hours per week of classes.
To apply please see: Postgraduate Taught Courses

Course Handbook 2018-19: PDF| MS Word
Module Descriptions 2018-19: PDF| MS Word
Frequently Asked Questions: PDF
Queries: please contact Prof. John Saeed


The Master’s degree in Linguistics has been running for over 30 years. Our students -- who are not expected to have any background in linguistics -- have in some cases come from language professions (such as translating, interpreting, teaching, speech and language therapy, publishing), or directly from undergraduate degrees which include language-centred elements (for example, English, modern languages and literature, anthropology, classics, psychology, sociology). In other cases, they have simply been people who are intrigued by language and wish to study it in a more systematic fashion. In general, the M.Phil. in Linguistics is likely to appeal to students with a talent for careful, systematic argument, and who wish to understand the mysteries of language.


Our M.Phil. offers you:

  • Elite, tailor-made programme
  • Flexible design shaped by your interests in Linguistics
  • Small class size, taught by world-class experts
  • Wide choice of elective modules offered every year
  • Competitively-priced tuition
  • The chance to study at a premier university in the heart of vibrant Dublin
  • Two-year visa extension for non-EU M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics graduates to seek employment in Ireland

Application Requirements

In keeping with Trinity College's admission requirements for postgraduate students (see here), applicants should have at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or an equivalent degree from another country (for example, a Bachelors degree with a GPA of at least 3.2). For overseas applicants, country-specific information regarding admission to Trinity College can be found here. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must meet the College's requirements for English-language proficiency (see here).

What does the programme look like?
You take four obligatory ‘core’ modules:

...and choose two from among the following menu of elective modules:

The modules are taught in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, and students prepare and write a 15,000-word dissertation in Trinity term and the long vacation (April-August).

Further information
Read our Frequently Asked Questions on the M.Phil. in Linguistics and related M.Phil. programmes.
For a more in-depth insight into the shape and content of the programme, please consult our current course handbook. Note that the information provided in the handbook is subject

Contact information
Telephone: +353-1-8961560
Emailclcsinfo@tcd.ie