Master in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

> LANGUAGE: English, Spanish and Catalan (students specializing in formal linguistics will have the option of completing the entire programme in English)
1 academic year full time, 2 academic years part time (60 ECTS credits)
> CALENDAR: From September to June | TIMETABLE: Mainly afternoon and evening
> TUITION FEE: Students UE: € 3,301.8 | Non UE students: € 4,639.8 
Research, Professional and Academic | DOCTORAL STUDIES TO WHICH IT GRANTS ACCESS: Phd in Translation and Language Sciences
Communication campus - Poblenou| MASTER'S PROGRAMME SECRETARY'S OFFICE:
Department of Translation and Language Sciences



This master offers one  registration fee grant worth 2,000 €  for the 2016-2017 academic year


The Master in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics combines theoretical and applied linguistics in a single programme. Students acquire a solid grounding in essential areas of linguistic theory and specialize in one of three fields: formal and descriptive linguistics; language acquisition and language learning; or lexicology and terminology.

The advanced training offered by the master's programme:

  • innovatively supplements the basic training offered in the new bachelor's degree programmes in applied languages and translation, following a standard pattern used in many European countries;
  • deals with language and linguistic communication in general from an interdisciplinary and multilingual perspective; and
  • makes up, together with the UPF's PhD in Translation and Language Sciences, a comprehensive postgraduate programme in a rich, dynamic and international research environment.


The programme aims to offer students solid specialized training in linguistics, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to subsequently carry out research tasks or pursue a career in theoretical or applied linguistics.

Who is it for?

The ideal candidate will hold an undergraduate degree and be interested in language and linguistic communication in general, be open to multidisciplinary knowledge, and have a good working knowledge (both passive and active) of at least one language (preferably English) other than his or her own.


  • Acquisition and learning (language acquisition and language learning).
  • Lexicon (lexicology, lexicography and terminology).
  • Formal linguistics (formal and descriptive linguistics and variation).


Students take four common advanced training subjects and two methodological subjects. They also choose an area of specialization (formal and descriptive linguistics, language acquisition and learning, or lexicon and terminology) and take two subjects in this specialization.

Students of the master's programme may choose between three different course types: research, academic and professional (the latter is only available for the learning and lexicon specializations).

  • The research course prepares students to enrol on a doctoral programme and includes a master's degree final project worth 20 credits.
  • The academic course allows students to broaden the knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate studies (students take two more subjects than in the research course) and includes a master's degree final project worth 10 credits.
  • The professional course includes a compulsory internship worth 19 credits and a master's degree final project worth 6 (students enrolled on this course take only one methodological subject).


Subjects are either methodological (i.e., provide tools for conducting research or pursuing future careers), consist of common advanced training (i.e., lay the theoretical and descriptive groundwork for the different components of the advanced study of language), or focus on specialized knowledge (i.e., offer more in-depth knowledge of a specific branch of theoretical or applied linguistics).


In the professional course, students must complete external internships worth a total of 19 credits (1 credit = 25 hours). Students may apply for the recognition of 9 of these credits if they have accredited prior professional or work experience. The internships may or may not be paid, and students must write a short report upon completing them.

Most students do not choose the professional course with this programme.

Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

Advanced ability to:

  • clearly identify, describe and classify linguistic phenomena (phonetic and phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic) in all their complexity;
  • understand scientific texts on language and critically assess advanced analyses and theoretical concepts in linguistics;
  • identify, describe and classify linguistic phenomena for specific purposes with a variety of applications;
  • formulate analyses to solve problems in theoretical or applied linguistics, using, where applicable, the appropriate formalization;
  • analyse communicative actions in all their complexity and with the necessary level of detail;
  • interact effectively with (interdisciplinary) teams made up of linguists and possibly people with no expertise in natural language.

Career prospects

The master's programme provides suitable postgraduate training for students to enrol on a doctoral programme in one of its areas of specialization or to pursue a career in which language or linguistics plays a vital role.

It likewise prepares graduates to work as expert linguists at companies, institutions and other bodies and provides them with the skills they need to be valuable members of interdisciplinary teams in a wide variety of fields, such as education, health, law or publishing.

Scholarships and grants

The Department of Translation and Language Sciences and the University Institute for Applied Linguistics (IULA) sometimes offer study grants (tuition fees and stipends) for master's degree students tied to teaching support internships and research tasks. These study grants depend on the available budget and are announced in advance on the academic website for the master's programme or on the Department of Translation and Language Sciences or IULA website. 

For information on other available financial aid for master's programmes, see