Irish Language & European Law

University College Cork

Irish Language & European Law

Our MA Irish Language & European Law programme aims to revive and build on the student’s previous Irish language experience to the extent that students are brought to a high standard (C1 TEG) during the course of the degree. The course offers students specialised training in European Law, alongside gaining in-depth Irish language skills. Students spend part of the course in UCC and part of it on an intensive residential Gaeltacht week-long course in the Waterford Gaeltacht, allowing students to immerse themselves in the language. Students graduate with a desirable qualification that is seen as a strategic combined language and law need in Europe.

The MA in Irish Language and European Law is run by the Department of Modern Irish in collaboration with the School of Law. This collaboration builds on an existing and highly productive arrangement between the two disciplines.

Part I consists of two semesters at UCC, starting in September and finishing in May. During the two semesters, students complete 60 credits in total. 25 credits are taken in core modules. 35 credits are taken in elective modules, with 25 credits allocated to a selection of law modules and 10 credits allocated to a selection of language modules.

Part II consists of a 15-credit intensive and fully-subsidised residential Gaeltacht course over the summer months, and a 15-credit research project on a subject combining a joint Irish language and Law topic.

Subjects taught

Part I
Core Modules
GA2001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge I (10 credits)†
GA3001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge (10 credits)†
LW6650 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (10 credits)

†Students who have already completed these modules as part of their primary degree will be required to take alternative modules (modules to be chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator).

Elective Modules Group A (choose 20 credits)
LW6536 Intellectual Property Law (10 credits)
LW6639 FinTech: Law and Regulation (5 credits)
LW6640 E-Commerce Law (5 credits)
LW6574 Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation (10 credits)
LW6578 Consumer Rights: Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6634 Refugee and Forced Displacement Law (10 credits)

Elective Modules Group B (choose 10 credits)
FR5005 Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting and Terminology - Methodology (10 credits)
GA6001 Scríobh Acadúil na Gaeilge (10 credits)
GA6002 Beirt Bhanfhile: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill agus Biddy Jenkinson(10 credits)
GA6020 Advanced Translation Skills (Irish) (10 credits)
GE6014 German-English-German Translation: Methods and Practice (10 credits)
HS6006 Advanced Spanish Language for Professional Purposes (10 credits)
IT6101 Translation: Methods and Practice (10 credits)

Part II
GA6027 Ardchúrsa Cónaitheach sa Ghaeilge (15 credits)
GA6028 Tionscnamh taighde sa Dlí agus sa Ghaeilge (15 credits)

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will normally have a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in Law (or a degree comprising a substantial component of Law).

Applications from graduates whose primary Law degree is at Second Class Honours Grade II level will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on the information in a supplementary statement and interview/assessment. Applications will also be accepted from candidates holding a qualification as a barrister or a solicitor in Ireland or the United Kingdom.

A degree in Irish is not necessary but a high standard of Irish is required (e.g. an ‘A’ at the Higher Leaving Certificate Level or equivalent (B2 Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge)). Applicants will be further required to present for an interview/assessment with the Department of Modern Irish.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.

Assessment Info

1. Written examinations in the case of the core and elective modules, with the Irish-language modules incorporating continuous assessment and oral components.

2. The 15-credit intensive Gaeltacht course (GA6027) will be assessed by in-class examinations.

3. The 15-credit research project (GA6028) will be assessed jointly by representatives of the Department of Modern Irish and School of Law.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with an MA in Irish Language and European Law?
Students graduating with this degree will be equipped to compete for Lawyer-linguist positions within the European Commission and European Parliament. With the derogation on the full use of Irish in the structures of the European Commission and European Parliament due to be phased out between 2015 and 2021, the holder of this degree will be uniquely placed to capitalise on the anticipated huge increase in employment opportunities in that period and after.

In the case of domestic employment, they will also be enabled to add a professional qualification in the Irish language to their portfolio of skills, an important element in the area of Irish Constitutional Law in particular. In the wider, non-legally specific arena, the degree will enhance employment opportunities in areas such as print, broadcast and electronic media, particularly with reference to current affairs, and social and cultural commentary relating to Ireland and Europe. Students graduating with first class honours or high second class honours may avail of further postgraduate study opportunities in either Irish or Law.

Occupations associated with an MA in Irish Language and European Law:
Lawyer Linguist
Legal Translator
Career Prospects?

Career Prospects?
A greater role for the Irish language in the EU
As a result of a regulation made by the EU Council (Council Regulation 2015/2264), the amount of staff in the Irish-language units will increase steadily.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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