University of Barcelona

Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts



The university master's degree in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts (LAALCM) is designed to train Spanish and international students to answer key questions in applied linguistics and second language acquisition in the world's numerous, diverse multilingual contexts. Students will learn to analyse these questions, develop a general understanding of the tools, techniques and methods required to answer them, and carry out their own research in a final project, in which they can apply the knowledge they have acquired.
The principal objectives are for students to understand the main phenomena in language acquisition, to learn about the latest research questions and results in the field of applied linguistics, to learn to transfer research results to teaching practice, and to acquire the independence to propose and carry out a basic applied research project.

The programme is closely linked to on-going developments in international research in the field of applied linguistics carried out by members of the teaching staff. Among other topics, this research focuses on the role of age, input, individual differences in second language acquisition, vocabulary acquisition, perception, second language production, bilingualism and multilingualism, content and language integrated learning, and specific methodological and technological aspects of applied linguistics research.

The course is divided into five modules:
  • A bridging module, with a study load of 30 credits: Fundamental Principles of Educational Psychology / Linguistics (as required).
  • Three standard modules, with a study load of 15 or 20 credits: Linguistics Applied to Second Language Acquisition, Research Methodology, and Second Language Acquisition.
  • A research assignment module, with a study load of 15 credits.

Basic information

Mode of deliveryPresencial
Bridging coursesYes
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Philology and Communication
Number of places available25
Language(s) of instructionEnglish (100 %)
Approximate price per credit46,50 euros per credit (65,87 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2018-2019.