MA/PDip (Conference Interpreting)

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Course overview

This programme is based on the European Masters in Conference Interpreting – a programme developed in conjunction with the institutions of the European Union. It is the only programme of its kind in Ireland and it aims to provide students with the necessary skills and qualifications required to become conference interpreters. Training is very practical, using state of the art technology, and is provided in both modes of conference interpreting (consecutive and simultaneous interpretation) by practicing professionals. At the end of the course students will be able to provide a fluent and effective interpretation of a speech in their target language(s) from their passive languages. At present provision is made for English, Irish, French, Spanish and German. Other languages may also be provided based on student demand and applicant proficiency.

In addition to class work, the University will organise a study week at the European Parliament and Commission which will afford students an insight into the work of the conference interpreter in those institutions.

Course Aims:

Prepare students to work as professional conference interpreters.

Ensure graduates qualify to sit the Inter-Institutional Accreditation Tests of International Organisations and the EU, where graduates of the MA are already employed.

Educate students in a range of current affairs to enhance their understanding and vocabularly, enabling them to interpret a wide and varied range of topics at the highest level.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Students must hold a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent), as well as an excellent knowledge of their mother tongue.

In addition, candidates will be expected to have;

  • sound general knowledge

  • good communication skills

  • a high degree of motivation

Admission to the course is subject to success in both a suitability test and an interview.

Duration: PG Diploma: 1 academic year
MA: 1 calendar year (September to August)

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 60 (PDip) / 90 (MA)

Average intake: 12

Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer see the offer round dates.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

  • Consecutive Interpreting I & II
  • Simultaneous Interpreting I & II
  • The European Union
  • Dissertation/Thesis (MA only)
  • Research Methodologies

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Find out more

Susan Folan,
Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge,
NUI Galway.

T  +353 91 495810 
F +353 91 595041  

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2015/16 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

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.