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Advanced Languages Skills, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #259 (QS) ,
This Master’s of Advanced Languages Skills programme at National University of Ireland, Galway provides advanced linguistic and technical training to prepare you for language 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.

The Advanced Languages Skills programme at National University of Ireland, Galway  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.

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.


Programme Structure

    Courses include
    • Advanced Language Skills (German)
    • Advanced Language Skills (Italian)
    • Advanced Language Skills (Spanish)
    • Interpreting Literature: Theories & Methods
    • Translation Studies 
    • Audiovisual translation: interlingual subtitling
    • Advanced Language Skills (French)
    • Language & Intercultural Communication
    • Research Methods for Spanish Students
    • France in the European Union
    • Representations of the Islamic Other in Medieval France
    • Critical Approaches & Methods
    • The Literature of France in Algeria
    • Dissertation (Italian)
    • Consecutive Interpreting (German) 


                                  • Professor Bill Richardson
                                  • 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

                                  Detailed Programme Facts

                                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                                    • Full-time duration 12 months
                                  • Credits
                                    90 ECTS
                                  • Languages
                                    • English
                                  • Delivery mode
                                    On Campus

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  • Minimum required score:


                                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                  • Minimum required score:


                                    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  You need the following GPA score:

                                  Required score: Lower Second Class

                                  Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                  Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                  General Requirements

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

                                  Tuition Fee

                                  • International

                                    15550 EUR/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 15550 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                  • EU/EEA

                                    6400 EUR/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 6400 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                                  Living costs for Galway

                                  • 800 - 1100 EUR/month
                                    Living Costs

                                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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