Languages Cultures & Linguistics - Localisation

This full-time programme develops your skill set for employment in the fast developing localisation sector in Ireland and globally. It fosters an understanding of how intercultural, linguistic, sociocultural and technical knowledge and linguistic investigation methods can be successfully engaged to design culturally and socially sensitive and appropriate products for different global markets. Students learn about localisation processes and profiles through engagement with academics, practitioners, learning resources and hands-on exercises and learning (internship).

The course is suitable for people who have an interest in communication processes in the globalised world, a high linguistics and cultural proficiency in two or more languages and good technical skills (or an interest in acquiring them) for employment in the modern language industry. The programme fosters an understanding of how language, culture and technical skills interact to design high specification products. The programme is designed as a hands-on learning experience that promotes employability.

This 60 ECTS programme runs over 3 Trimesters and consists of eight modules. In each module, you will explore specific themes through a variety of learning approaches including virtual and face-to-face classes, self-directed learning, reflective learning, group and individual student effort. You will also complete a compulsory 8 to 12-week internship. The UCD Careers office will support your career planning and the sourcing of internship placement based on established networks within the industry. However, finding a suitable internship is ultimately your own responsibility.

The aim of the course is to prepare you for a career in the growing and multifaceted localisation industry in Ireland and abroad. You will go on to work for smaller or larger companies in the field both as self-employed and/or employees in various roles ranging from project management to junior/senior localisors.

Subjects taught

Intercultural Communication
Corpus Linguistics
Digital Storytelling
Project Management for Localisation
Internship in Localisation

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
-undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) or equivalent professional qualification
-official transcripts or your degree parchment that demonstrate that you have a minimum of an honours degree, in any discipline (NFQ level 8 or equivalent)
-up-to-date CV
-letter of motivation
-two academic references
-confirmation of language competence*

*Applicants must demonstrate a high language competence (C1/C2) in two languages normally by showing that they have completed a tertiary degree through them or by supplying results from internationally recognised proficiency tests. Derogations for minority languages for which such tests do not exist will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please go here to see official UCD minimum English language requirements.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Localisation FT (Z363)
Duration 9 Months
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


9 months Full Time
Mode of delivery: Blended

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
The aim of the course is to prepare students for a career in the growing and multifaceted localization industry in Ireland and abroad.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in localization go on to work for a wide range of smaller and larger companies in the IT, gaming and marketing sector both as self-employed and/or employees in various roles (Localisor, Project Manager, etc.).

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime,Blended

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