Languages & Image Studies

What will students learn?
Students will work on their language skills and will simultaneously study a range of Image Studies modules which hone their critical thinking skills and expand their ability to engage and comprehend global cultures through study of images, whether film, art, illustration, photography or more.

How will learning be facilitated?
Language study is a cumulative skill, so language will be studied across the entire year. At the same time, Image studies will be explored via individual modules, whether Core or Options. Students all study film analysis and they then bring those taught skills into the study of other Image-centred modules, from a range of options such as photography, film, art, intermediality, illustration or more.

Each student will complete two Extended Guided essays on topics that are of interest to them, under the guidance of a specialist lecturer from the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics.

Subjects taught

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Students on this programme take 3 core modules in Language(s) and in Image Studies (global film) and choose 3 option modules from a choice of other Language and Image Studies modules. Students will write two short pieces of independent research, called Extended Guided Essays: all students are encouraged to choose research material that links to the language(s) they are studying and to image-related topics that are of particular interest to them. One of the Extended Guided Essays may be submitted in visual form.

Language Studies (French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish) *individual supports*

Approaches to European Film Analysis

The Global Prison Film

Surrealism: A Global Revolution

Precarious Perceptions 1900-1930: Modernist Literature, Film and Photography

The engraved book in 17th-century France

SLL40800 Body and Matter: C21 Spanish Art

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a min. grade 2.2 or higher in their primary degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) and ideally ( but not compulsorily) in a cognate area.

It is not necessary to have previously studied Languages at Third Level before applying to MALI.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Languages & Image Studies FT (Z372)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Languages & Image Studies PT (Z373)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

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

Application requirements for FT/PT/GradDip:

Personal Statement (500 - 1000 words max: Why do you wish to take this MA in Languages and Image Studies? Any prior experience of Image Studies? Any prior experience of Language Study e.g. BA level studies OR travel OR school OR self-taught OR hobby OR other?) Please also list which 1 or 2 languages you might wish to study (and estimated level).

One Academic Reference
English Language Test (in line with UCD language requirements). Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit evidence of their English language proficiency. IELTS (Academic) Overall Band Score of 6.5 with no component band score below 6.0 and 6.5 in Writing and Speaking bands normally required or equivalent.

Short writing sample in English (e.g. Essay/ Assignment on current degree topic), with statement that this is entirely applicant's own work.
A short online interview exchange should be expected in advance of final acceptance to MALI
GradDip in Languages and Image Studies is suitable for students who do not wishh to undertake individual research and/or who are unsure of their language learning skills and/or who perhaps wish to begin their studies in January. If this is the case, please apply for the Graduate Diploma in Languages and Image Studies.


1 Year Full Time
2 Years Part Time

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September
Delivery: Face to Face

Post Course Info

The foreign-language and visual/analytical focus of MALI offers valuable opportunities to graduates who wish to simply challenge themselves to enhance their language skills and to think critically through cultural engagement with images, as well as to graduates who wish to consider a range of career areas with an international dimension, from the arts, culture and education, to business, diplomacy, travel and more.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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