Course Overview

The MA in Spanish is aimed at students and language professionals who wish to consolidate and extend oral and written fluency in Spanish, in addition to developing competency in research methods and, optionally, a deeper knowledge of Spanish and/or Latin American literature. Students will extend their awareness of and sensitivity to a range of intercultural issues and be capable of contributing to professional and economic activities relating to the Spanish-speaking world.

A postgraduate degree is an appropriate means of achieving a very high degree of oral and written fluency in Spanish, in addition to developing competency in research methods and intellectual enquiry. Graduate students achieve greater confidence in the knowledge and skills already acquired from undergraduate study, in addition to becoming articulate members of society, sensitive to cultural issues.

Students will hone their language and translation skills in English and Spanish and, through modules available within Spanish and across other disciplines, be exposed to a range of contemporary critical debates relating to Latin America literature, culture studies, intercultural communication and translation studies.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Professor B. Richardson
  • Dr K. Quinn
  • Dr L. Shaughnessy
  • Dr L. Kelly
  • Dr M. Boland
  • Ms B. Sangrador-Vegas
  • Ms P. Alderete

Requirements and Assessment

Language work, including translation into and from Spanish, will be assessed throughout the year. Content modules will be assessed through exams and/or essays. A dissertation must also be submitted.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, with Second Class Honours, Grade 2 or equivalent in Spanish.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

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Course Outline

Within the programme, students may examine literary modules concentrating primarily on Latin American narrative and study work relating to the practice and processes of translation and interpretation. Seminars and translation classes into and out of Spanish take place throughout both semesters. Students subsequently complete a dissertation broadly related to any of the literary, theoretical or social issues broached throughout the year and relevant to the Spanish-speaking world.

The programme includes such modules as:

  • Advanced Language Skills I and II in Spanish
  • Translation Studies I
  • Latin American Literature I and II
  • Translation Methodology
  • Language and Intercultural Communication
  • Research Methods

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MA (Spanish) have gone on to do second- and third-level teaching and doctoral and translation work. They have also found employment in media, administration, cultural activities and journalism.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,800 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,576 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,300 p.a. 2021/22

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.

Find out More

Dr Lorna Shaughnessy
T: +353 91 492 229 

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What Our Students Say


Ceire Broderick |    

I am really enjoying the MA in Spanish: it has a great variety of modules, including literature, translation and interpreting. We expand on the knowledge we already have and complete regular, formative assignments designed to improve our investigative skills, fine-tune our critical analysis of topics, and help us prepare for our dissertation. All the staff work hard to support us. We learn practical skills that will serve us in the workplace and I would definitely recommend it.

Elena Vaughan |    

Undertaking an MA in Spanish can be a rewarding if challenging experience. The emphasis placed on independent research and learning means the student learns many transferable skills invaluable in the workplace as well as gaining an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

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