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Advanced Language Skills (MA)
MA (Advanced Language Skills [French, German, Italian or Spanish])
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
This Masters programme provides advanced linguistic and technical training in order to prepare linguists for careers in several areas of specialised language work in which there is a rapidly growing demand. Graduates will develop their language skills to a very high level and gain experience in the area of translation technology. Students will acquire a very high level of communication skills in their chosen language (French, German, Italian or Spanish).
The programme offers intensive training in the use of Trados Translation software and provides students with the possibility of progressing to Trados Certification at no extra cost. Optional modules provide the opportunity to concentrate on areas of particular interest.
2nd Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, with 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 or equivalent in the language to be studied.
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 30
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- Translation Methodology and Text: development of skills in advanced and specialised translation with an emphasis on translation software.
- Introduction to the Skills of Consecutive Interpreting: development of skills required in consecutive interpreting: speaking in public, note taking, mnemonic retention.
- Audiovisual Translation: interlingual subtitling (French and Italian). Elements of analysis of film discourse and audiovisual translation. Hands-on workshops with short subtitling projects.
- Language and Intercultural Communication: the aim of this module is to equip students with the transferable skills necessary to work successfully in an international environment.
- Translation Studies: this module provides a strong theoretical focus and a history and development of the field of translation studies.
- Dissertation: a research dissertation of approximately 20,000 words on a topic to be decided in consultation with the course coordinators.
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Who teaches this course?
Professor Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa
Professor Paolo Bartoloni
Dr Máire Áine Ní Mhainnín
Dr Laura McLoughlin
Ms Pilar Alderete
Dr Mel Boland MA
Mr Ruadhán Cooke MA
Ms Áine Ryan MA
Requirements and assessment
Our students have found employment in a variety of contexts both in Ireland and abroad. In particular, graduates of this programme are employed by national and international translation companies, EU offices, international customer care and marketing.
Many have taken up teaching positions at secondary and third level. A number of graduates have progressed to doctoral studies and have obtained prestigious scholarships.