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Translation Studies (MA)
This is an interdisciplinary MA programme, which explores and critiques the importance of translation in contemporary society. Students with a background in two languages—French, German, Irish, Italian or Spanish—will consolidate and extend their translation skills between these languages and English, and will also gain an appreciation of the centrality of translation in critical debates on intercultural communication.
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Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
- Prof B. Richardson
- Prof H-W Schmidt Hannisa
- Prof P. Bartoloni
- Dr K. Quinn
- Dr L. Shaughnessy
- Dr L. McLoughlin
- Dr M.A. Ní Mháinnín
- Dr L. Kelly
- Dr M. Boland
- Ms B. Sangrador Vegas
- Ms P. Alderete
Requirements and Assessment
Language work, including translation into and from two of Spanish, French, Italian or German, will be assessed throughout the year. Other modules will be assessed through exams and/or by essay. A dissertation must also be submitted.
Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, with Second Class Honours Grade 2 or equivalent in each language.
1 year, full-time
Next start date
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You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates
Mode of study
In Semester 1, the programme introduces students to the field of Translation Studies, providing a strong theoretical focus and a history and development of this field through seminars. Alongside this, students develop the skills of translation, focusing on any two of French, German, Irish, Italian and Spanish, and may select from cognate subjects dealing with Intercultural Communication or Translation Methodology and Text. In Semester 2, students continue to work on their translation skills, and subsequently complete a dissertation broadly related to any of the theoretical or social issues broached throughout the year and relevant to the field of Translation Studies, focusing on one of their languages.
As there is a genuine need for professional translators, this postgraduate programme in Translation Studies will be an important qualification for graduates wishing to add specific professional skills to their primary qualification. An important aspect of the programme will be the exploitation of new language technology, utilising the multimedia facilities available on campus.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
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Year 1 (90 Credits)Optional IT562: Advanced Language Skills I (Italian) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH562: Advanced Language Skills I (Spanish) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH554: Language & Intercultural Communication (Spanish) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional NG6108: Teoiricí Liteartha agus Cultúir - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH556: Research Methods for Spanish Students - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional NG6107: Teanga, Coimhlint agus Cumhacht - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR562: Advanced Language Skills I (French) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR562: Advanced Language Skills I (German) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional NG6110: Teanga na Gaeilge - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional NG6109: Miontráchtas - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR6100: Language & Intercultural Communication - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required SH505: Translation Studies I - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FR570: Consecutive Interpreting (French) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IT520: Translation Dissertation (Italian) - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SH570: Consecutive Interpreting (Spanish) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SH520: Translation Dissertation (Spanish) - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SH571: Translation Methodology (Spanish) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IT570: Consecutive Interpreting (Italian) - 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 1
Optional FR520: Translation Dissertation (French) - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Optional GR570: Consecutive Interpreting (German) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FR563: Advanced Language Skills 2 (French) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IT563: Advanced Language Skills 2 (Italian) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional GR563: Advanced Language Skills 2 (German) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional SH563: Advanced Language Skills II (Spanish) - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional GR520: Translation Dissertation (German) - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a range of fields, including the civil service, teaching, translation and human resources. Beyond the honing of translation skills, students will develop a range of transferable skills through collaborative tasks and presentations at various stages of the course.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non 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.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.
What Our Students Say
Angela Kennedy |
For me, the M.A. in Translation Studies is the ideal route to a language-related career. The course's practical elements, including training in interpretation and use of translation software, offer real, hands-on experience. My oral and written skills in both languages are improving consistently, and one also has the opportunity to delve into the more theoretical aspects of translation.
Claire Murphy | MA in Translation Studies (Spanish and Italian)
I found the M.A. in Translation Studies a really important way of developing my language skills and language awareness. The combination of practical and theoretical issues provided an important framework for both my dissertation and my subsequent work as a language teacher. Few courses in Ireland allow me to combine my two languages with an intensive study of the field of Translation Studies.