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Translation Studies

Your course

This is an interdisciplinary MA programme, which explores and critiques the importance of translation in contemporary society. Students with a background in two languages - French, Spanish, German, Italian or Irish - will consolidate and extend their translation skills between these languages and English, and will also gain an appreciation of the centrality of translation in critical debates on intercultural communication.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The course broadens students' understanding of translation, moving beyond practice into reflections on the impact of translation in everyday life.

2. Students will be introduced to TRADOS translation software, used in translation work in industry.

3. Beyond the honing of translation skills, students will develop a range of transferable skills through collaborative tasks and presentations at various stages of the course.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Second Class Honours QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent, with Second Class Honours Grade 2 or equivalent in each language.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a range of fields, including the civil service, teaching, translation and human resources.

Further enquiries

Dr Mel Boland

T: +353 91 493 971


Subjects taught

The programme includes such modules as:

• Advanced Language Skills I and II in Spanish/French/Italian/German

• Teanga na Gaeilge

• Teanga, Coimhlint agus gus Cultúir or Teoiricí Liteartha agus Cultúir

• Translation Studies I

• Translation Methodology

• Language and Intercultural Communication

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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