This master's degree has a total study load of 60 credits, which are structured in such a way that students acquire an understanding of the principal concepts in second language acquisition and the fundamental approaches to research in this field. The syllabus is divided into the following modules:
MD0W0J Linguistics Applied to Second Language Acquisition. This module consists of three compulsory subjects (each worth 5 credits, making a total study load of 15 credits), on the different aspects of second language acquisition: bilingualism and multilingualism, influence between languages, and the role of age and aptitude.
MD0W0K Research Methodology in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. This modules consists of four compulsory subjects (each worth 2.5 or 5 credits, making a total study load of 15 credits), on research into second language acquisition. The subjects introduce students to the various research techniques used in the field, provide hands-on experience of advanced software packages (such as SPSS), and examine a range of descriptive and inferential techniques for statistical analysis.
MD0W0L Research Topics in Second Language Acquisition and the Teaching and Learning of Second Languages. This module consists of a range of optional subjects (each worth 2.5 or 5 credits) of which students must choose a total study load of 15 credits. The subjects are divided into two sub-groups: the first focuses on key concepts in second language acquisition (vocabulary acquisition, multilingualism, speech and discourse, etc.), while the second takes a more methodological approach, looking at key research topics in the field of second language acquisition (for example, students will be given the chance to attend a research seminar, learn to apply current techniques used is psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics, etc.).
MD0W0M Final Project. This module consists of a single subject with a study load of 15 credits, which requires students to plan and carry out an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the teaching staff. The module is a means of gaining research experience in the field of second language acquisition and provides essential preparation for those students interested in continuing their studies at doctoral level.