Course Overview

This master’s programme provides advanced linguistic and technical training to prepare you for work as a linguist. There is a growing demand for such specialised services. You will develop your language skills to a high level and gain experience in the area of translation technology. You will acquire a high level of communication skills in your chosen language speciality of French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Course content includes:

  • Translation Methodology and Text;
  • Audiovisual Translation;
  • Language and Intercultural Communication;
  • Translation Studies;
  • Dissertation.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Prof. Hans W Schmidt-Hannisa
M.A, Dr. Phil
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Dr Laura McLoughlin
Dept. of Italian
Room 314
Arts Millennium Building
NUI Galway
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Dr Mel Boland
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Requirements and Assessment

Assessment will include a mixture of project work, assignments, and examinations. Language proficiency will be assessed continuously throughout the year and examined in a written examination. An oral examination, generally consisting of a research presentation, will also take place.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, with Second Class Honours Grade 2 or equivalent in the language to be studied.


Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2020

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Course Outline

  • Translation Methodology and Text: development of skills in advanced and specialised translation with an emphasis on translation software.
  • 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.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

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Year 1 (90 Credits)

Optional GR562: Advanced Language Skills I (German) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IT562: Advanced Language Skills I (Italian) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH562: Advanced Language Skills I (Spanish) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR521: Interpreting Literature: Theories & Methods - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR512: Modern German Literature I - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH505: Translation Studies I - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IT555: Audiovisual translation: interlingual subtitling - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR562: Advanced Language Skills I (French) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR554: Language & Intercultural Communication - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH556: Research Methods for Spanish Students - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MLS501: Buntús na hAteangaireachta Leantaí/ Introduction to Consecutive Interpreting - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR6100: France in the European Union - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR525: Representations of the Islamic Other in Medieval France - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR527: Critical Approaches & Methods - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR528: The Literature of France in Algeria - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IT551: Dissertation (Italian) - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FR563: Advanced Language Skills 2 (French) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional GR563: Advanced Language Skills 2 (German) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IT563: Advanced Language Skills 2 (Italian) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SH563: Advanced Language Skills II (Spanish) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FR551: Dissertation (French) - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR551: Dissertation (German) - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SH551: Dissertation (Spanish) - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MLS500: Buntús na hAteangaireachta Comhuainí/ Introduction to Simultaneous Interpreting - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FR571: Translation Methodology (French) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional GR571: Translation Methodology (German) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IT571: Translation Methodology (Italian) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SH571: Translation Methodology (Spanish) - 10 Credits - Semester 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Our students have found employment in a variety of contexts, both in Ireland and abroad. In particular, graduates have been employed by national and international translation companies, EU offices, and international customer care and marketing centres.

Many have taken up second and third-level teaching positions. A number of graduates have progressed to doctoral studies and have obtained prestigious scholarships.


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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,400 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€6,176 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€15,550 p.a. 2019/20

Please note:  The fee payable by EU students is listed under "Fees:  EU".  This field is the sum of the student levy + tuition.  Fees are payble each year and are subject to change year-on year.

EU Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

EU Postgraduate fee breakdown = EU tuition + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Dr Máire Áine Ní Mhainnín | Dr Laura McLoughlin
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What Our Students Say


Margaret O' Connor |    

I found the course an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. It helped me to develop skills that are useful for the workplace with the study of translation technologies such as Trados. It also offered me the opportunity to study academic disciplines that interested me, such as Translation Studies. The skills that I developed should provide a good foundation for my future career.

Tom Ryan |   Jr Translation Project Manager/Reviewer, Nova Language Ltd.

The MA (Advanced Language Skills) offers students a great opportunity to further develop their language skills, increase their awareness of the translation field and gain new skills in the area of translation software. I really enjoyed the range of subjects on offer and the practical, translation-intensive nature of the course. Translations varied from literary to medical and always offered new challenges. Classes in interpretation and oral skills really helped to develop my confidence in my spoken French and the film subtitling module offered a unique insight into the concepts of audiovisual translation, which I found very interesting. The dissertation gave me an opportunity to work independently, researching the strategies and concepts involved in translating children’s literature all the while translating a children’s book and commenting on the approaches I took throughout. All of the theoretical and practical experience greatly benefitted me in my subsequent career as a translation project manager where I translate and review texts in the areas of IT, marketing and gaming, using a wide array of translation software.


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