About the Program
The programme is primarily designed for those interested in the scientific investigation of language. Its main objectives are:
- to offer students a solid background and deepen their knowledge in the main areas of English grammar and the structure of language;
- to enable students to become acquainted with different areas of the field (such as syntax, semantics, phonology, applied linguistics, etc.);
- to engage students in research in the field, and consequently get students interested in furthering their studies.
Key Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the MA in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, students are expected to have acquired:
- A sweeping but in-depth overview of the language sciences.
- A wide overview of the literature in Linguistics.
- A critical understanding of key issues and concepts in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.
- Expert-level understanding of the scientific approach to language
- Essential language teaching and language analysis skills.
- Expert-level training in analyzing and teaching English.
- An advanced ability to analyze language structure.
- A profound and critical understanding of discoveries and issues in language acquisition.
- An advanced ability to critically approach linguistic phenomena, both in a theoretical and an interdisciplinary framework, the latter involving political, social, psychological, neurological topics and contexts.
- A deep understanding of the interplay between language, cognition, and communication.
- Sophisticated communicative and presentation skills.
The number of places available is announced by the Graduate School with the eligibility criteria for candidates, as well as other required documents that must be attached to the application such as:
• Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University.
• Previous University education in a suitable subject (academic background) and grades of relevant degrees.
• Letters of recommendation.
• Personal interview and/or written examination (if provided by the Department’s internal rules).
• Submission of preliminary research proposal for admission to a doctoral course (if provided by the Department’s internal rules).
The Department may also set additional criteria and quality indicators such as:
- number of students’ publications in scientific journals,
- students’ participation in seminars, symposia, research programmes,
- presentations by students at conferences,
- knowledge of foreign languages, and
- professional experience, etc.
The grading system is numerical, from 0 to 10 with increments of ½. The minimum passing grade is 5. The final grade of a graduate student is calculated as the grade point average of all courses passed by the student.
In a postgraduate programme of study, courses can be graded as Success/Failure. These courses do not count towards the student’s GPA, and may not exceed 25% of the programme’s ECTS, except the dissertation units. All courses are presented in the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus.
The diploma dissertation, thesis, research and writing stages are graded with Success / Failure. The final grade of the dissertation is registered in the last semester of its elaboration. Master-level dissertations are calculated qualitatively as Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Failure
Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples
The employability prospects of the graduates include, among others, the following:
- Appointment in Secondary Education
- Employment in State training programs
- Employment in private education (private schools, language institutes)
- Appointment in the public and wider public sector of the Republic of Cyprus
- Appointment in the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus
- Employment in private companies of all kinds
- Employment in the media (print and electronic journalism, TV stations, radio stations)
- Employment in publishing professions (e.g. editing, publishing)
- Cultural management (cultural institutions, museums, etc.)
- Further studies at graduate level (PhD).