City scape

Conference Interpreting - Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála

Your Course
This programme trains students in the professional skills of conference interpreting, enabling them to avail of the employment opportunities as qualified interpreting professionals. The curriculum is based on the European Master's in Conference Interpreting, and is developed in conjunction with the European Union.

The training provided covers both modes of conference interpreting – consecutive and simultaneous interpreting – and employs recommended techniques: concentration exercises, interpretation from memory, sight interpreting, note-taking techniques and monitored use of the institutional speech repository. Students study the theory and practice of interpreting, and also examine professional ethics and conference preparation/ procedures, along with working practices and conditions. Students will study the institutions of the European Union, and the University organises a study visit to the European Parliament and Commission. Irish, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German have been offered on the programme to date, with provision for other languages, where possible, based on student demand.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Students must hold a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent), as well as an excellent knowledge of their mother tongue. In addition, candidates are expected to have:

• Sound general knowledge;
• Good communication skills;
• A high degree of motivation.

Admission to the programme is subject to success in both a suitability test and an interview.


Postgraduate Diploma: one academic year;
MA: one calendar year (September to August).

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Students must obtain a postgraduate qualification in Conference Interpreting to allow them to sit the Inter-Institutional EU Accreditation Tests and work as a professional conference interpreter. Students completing this course can avail of considerable employment opportunities worldwide. Though many of our graduates work with EU institutions, opportunities are also available outside the large international organisations. Demand is also increasing in Ireland as interpreting services are frequently required at conferences, seminars and so on.

Further enquiries

Susan Folan
T: +353 91 495 810


1. This is the only postgraduate conference interpreting programme in Ireland.

2. This qualification is essential for applying for the multitude of positions available to interpreters internationally.

3. The course is based on the European in Conference Interpreting curriculum.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!