Languages with Business

The programme is aimed at Arts graduates with 2 languages (besides English), seeking a qualification that will help them to secure employment with internationally operating companies; multilingual graduates from other fields including Commerce, seeking to improve their employment prospects by improving their linguistic competencies; and graduates interested in pursuing PhD research in Applied Linguistics or Translation Studies. Students who are already in work can use this course to upskill to add to their professional competencies.

The objective of the MA Languages with Business is to equip students with theoretical knowledge and applications in practice of business communication in the multilingual realm: the rhetoric of sales pitches, professional translation, multilingual negotiations.

All students take one language at advanced level and can choose to take an additional language at advanced level or take modules in a language that they haven’t studied before (beginners Spanish, German or Italian). The programme is completed with a work placement – either locally or internationally—that gives students the opportunity to use their language skills in a professional setting.

Subjects taught

This course is made up of 60 credits of taught modules over two semesters. These are divided equally between the advanced language module (2 modules of 10 credits each) and 20 credits of Business modules (4 modules of 5 credits each) and the option to study either a second language at advanced level or a language at beginners level (one 15 credit module and one 5 credit module). Options available for selection include:

At School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures:

Advanced Language Skills I French

Advanced Language Skills II French

Advanced Language Skills I German

Advanced Language Skills II German

Advanced Language Skills I Italian

Advanced Language Skills II Italian

Advanced Language Skills I Spanish

Advanced Language Skills II Spanish

Teanga na Gaeilge Teanga, Coimhlint agus Cumhacht

Language and Intercultural Communication

Beginners German Language

Skills for Studying German (Beginners)

Intensive Beginners Spanish Language and Culture

Mundo Hispanico—An Introduction to the Hispanic World

Italian Language and Culture

Italy at the Movies

At School of Business:


Information Systems Management

Accounting for Management

Strategic Management

Economics of Health and Health Care

Climate Change Economics

Economics and the Global Economy

(This list is updated annually)

Entry requirements

2.2 undergraduate degree, or equivalent, with a 2.1, or equivalent, in a relevant component. Degree-level competence in at least one of the languages taught on the programme.

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Closing Date

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Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


1 year, full-time;

2 years, part-time

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2024

Closing Date Offers are made on a rolling basis

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Career Opportunities

This programme equips graduates to work in a national or global business setting where one or two additional languages are required. Roles can include sales, marketing, HR management with languages, public service, diplomatic corps, SaaS (Software as a Service with language), cloud Services, hospitality.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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