LING40390 MA research papers

Academic Year 2021/2022

This is a newly introduced module intended as an alternative to the Dissertation module (Summer Trimester). The Dissertation module is linked to the Literature Review module (Spring Trimester), the output of which feeds into the Dissertation module. Students are advised to seek clarification re the link between this new module and the Dissertation module prior to registration.

Students have the option of completing three 10-credit and 5000-word research papers in Trimester 3 to be completed by mid-August.
Each research paper is an in-depth study of a topic chosen from a list of predefined topics/research questions to be set by the coordinators/lecturers of selected core and optional modules in the MA programme. The chosen topics must be from different areas of of the subject such that only one topic can be chose from each list.Topic range and number of available research paper options will vary from year to year.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:
- Synthesise complex literature,
- Carry out data collection and analysis in the chosen fields,
- Critically reflect on and evaluate current theories, methods and data sets (accounts, explanations) in a number of areas of Linguistics.

Indicative Module Content:

This module provides students with an opportunity to broaden their knowledge in several fields of Linguistics. It is aimed at developing and enhancing crucial research skills such as primary data collection and analysis, critical assessment of data and reflection of theoretical models, concepts and notions by engaging in mid-sized focused studies in three separate areas in linguistics. Each project will be completed under the guidance of a lecturer with expertise in the area.
These research papers should be considered as major pieces of formal and structured writing, in which ideas and findings are critically discussed and communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, according to the current state-of-the art in the field.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Topics/research questions will be made available during the second part of Trimester 2.
- Students agree on a work programme with the lecturers responsible for the research topics/preset questions at the end of Trimester 2.
- Regular consultation (at agreed times prior to completion of the writeup of papers) with said lecturers during Trimester 3.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LING40240 - MA Thesis, LING40380 - MA Internships

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: 3 5000-word research papers on selected topics
Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback to students from involved academics. Research papers will be assessed based on the following criteria: - Accuracy and relevance of research and documentation, - Evidence of critical evaluation and analysis, - Appropriate writing skills and format/presentation.

Name Role
Dr Sarah Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Bettina Migge Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Feargal Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Máire Ní Chiosáin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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