Languages & Global Software Business

Course Outline
Do you hold a graduate degree in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish or in English (if you are a non-native speaker of English)? Are you interested in advancing your career opportunities in multilingual global software and technology companies?

Then the Higher Diploma in Languages and Global Software Business is just for you! Our exciting new Higher Diploma course (QQI/NFQ Level 8) will strengthen your existing language skills and will help you to develop competencies in relation to the ICT, software sales, technical support and localisation skills which are necessary for managing global relationships in the ICT sector. We will also provide you with the intercultural communication skills necessary for the global world of work.

This diploma is delivered in a blended format that combines online teaching and face-to-face workshops and classes that will train you in areas essential to the industry such as the fundamentals of IT and software and supporting technology users. Innovative and challenging, this bespoke diploma also includes project experience with specialist software companies that will be industry-mentored.

Apply for the Higher Diploma in Languages and Global Software Business at UCC and open the door to a career that combines your language skills with emerging technologies and markets.

The Higher Diploma in Languages and Global Software Businesswill enable graduates to:

develop skills and demonstrate knowledge of technology and software sales,
develop skills and demonstrate knowledge of technology and software localisation,
develop skills and demonstrate knowledge of technology and software support,
develop the skills to negotiate a global workplace where intercultural competencies are required,
reinforce and make "work ready" their existing language competencies of graduates, including the capacity to undertake independent research in the target language,
develop and apply problem solving skills to real world problems, through student work supported by both industry and UCC staff.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
Given the current public health advice related to physical distancing, this programme will likely be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible.

Why Choose This Course
This programme is designed for high-achieving language graduates who wish to work in global software and technology sales and support sectors. Global software and technology industries are a rapidly expanding sector within the Irish and EU economy. This conversion course offers language graduates the opportunity to upskill for, and to gain experience in, this dynamic and expanding sector. The programme offers a unique combination of advanced language skills and IT sales and support training, as well as the chance to build relevant skills solving real world problems.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

A minimum Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, L8) in one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, or Spanish

Second Class Honours Grade 1 (CEFR language level of B2.2/C1) in their final year language module.
For the purposes of this programme B2.2 will be deemed equivalent to a 2.1 result in the graduate's final year language module.

Applicants who are native speakers of one of the above listed languages and have a primary degree in English may also apply.

In the event of competition for places, graduates will be selected on the basis of language module results in the final year of their degree.

A quota will be allocated to applicants who do not meet these entry requirements. These applicants will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning and assessed on the following factors:

Academic achievement
Prior Work Experience
Letter of Reference
Personal Statement

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency: See our English language proficiency requirements.

Application dates

Closing Date: Currently closed for applications,

How To Apply

1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Note: Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.

5. Rounds
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates.


1 year full-Time.

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Skills and Careers Information
What are the employment opportunities in this field?

The HDip in Languages and Global Software Business specifically addresses the need highlighted by employer reports for language skills in the ICT sector, as well as those identified in Gobal Ireland: Ireland's Global Footprint to 2025. Graduates of the HDip can expect to find their acquired ICT and language skills in demand across roles such as:

Technology and Software Sales, Account Management, and Sales Engineering
Technology and Software Localisation and Translation,
Technology and Software Post-Sales Support, Customer Support, and Technical Support

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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