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Masters in Linguistics (M.Phil.)

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Applications for 2017/18 are now closed.
Applications for 2018/19 will open on 1st November 2017

Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Gessica De Angelis
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 2017-18
Module Descriptions 2017-18
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

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

  • Describing Grammar
  • Describing Meaning
  • Describing the Sounds of Languages
  • Laboratory Phonetics and Phonology

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

  • Advanced Syntactic Theory
  • An Ghaeilge mar mheán teagaisc [Irish as a medium of instruction]
  • Bilingualism and the Maintenance of Irish.
  • Corpus Linguistics (not available in 2017-18)
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Linguistic Pragmatics
  • Linguistic Typology
  • Multilingualism
  • Speech and Language Technology in Education
  • Technology, Language, and Communication

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