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Languages & Cultures

The MA in Languages and Cultures is a flexible programme that aims to equip students with advanced language skills in one or more areas and to develop their expertise in intercultural communication and cultural transfer. With a particular focus on training students for the global workplace, the programme enables students to take up an additional language and to develop digital and research skills.

Students graduating from the programme will have advanced knowledge and expertise in one or more language areas offered and will be able to choose from modules designed to enhance professional skills and employability and deepen their knowledge of the target cultures in which they specialise.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least an honours primary degree or equivalent at a second class honours grade one in French, German, Italian or Hispanic Studies/Spanish.

Candidates with language or linguistics degrees at second class honours grade one completed through the medium of French, German, Italian or Spanish may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications by the course committee.

Candidates who hold a 2H2 level may also be considered, based on the information provided in a supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the programme selection committee.

Applicants may be required to present themselves for interview or further assessment before a final decision is made.

Graduates who do not meet the above entry requirements may also be considered if they are deemed to have reached equivalent experiential learning( including proficiency in language and intercultural skills from other sources). Such applications will be considered subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year Full-time,
2 year part-time option (by day)

Number of credits

90 Credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
This programme will provide you with advanced training in languages, intercultural communication and develop your research skills to very high levels. It will equip you for jobs in the education, tourism, translation, heritage, technology, or global business sectors.

Starting Salaries
Employers place a high value on graduates with strong language skills. At a careers session in UCC in December 2012, Anne Gough, Grafton Recruitment and Cork Chamber Ambassador, told prospective students that a non-language graduate might start on €25,000, while, in the same company in the Cork area, a graduate with a language would start on €32,500!

Further enquiries

Professor Nuala Finnegan,
Acting Programme Director
Telephone: 00 353 21 4903213

Ms. Janet Milner,
School Administrator
Telephone: 00 353 21 4902563

Subjects taught

This one-year MA course (90 credits) will appeal to a wide range of people, including present and future language teachers, and those interested in language studies, linguistics and oral and written communication. The course begins in late September, with teaching ending in March. The thesis is submitted in early October. The course involves attendance at lectures and seminars, the writing of course papers and completion of other assessed tasks including presentations.

The core set of modules introduces students to key concepts needed for engagement in a global market-place: mobility and globalisation; intercultural communication; cultural transfer and exchange. They also involve research training and development as well as a dissertation in the student’s area of choice.

Core programme
LL6008 Negotiating Knowledges in the Networked Society [10 credits]
L6901 Research Methods [5 credits]
LL6007 Research Journal and Presentation [5 credits]

There are two broad subject areas from which students pick their optional courses:

Skills & Employability and Languages & Cultures
Skills & Employability provides an opportunity to take up another language at Beginners level and you can choose from German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Galician. French is also offered at advanced level. There is also a course offering training in teaching and learning languages and cultures as well as a range of practical applied courses in teaching methodologies. It includes an online course (in Spanish) as well as courses in advanced translation and linguistics.

Languages and Cultures
Languages and Cultures offers a range of modules across all four disciplines designed to attract students with interests in the target cultures of their choice

Postgraduate Diploma in Languages and Cultures (NFQ Level 9, Major award):

Students who pass taught modules to the value of at least 60 credits may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Languages and Cultures.

Note: all module choices need to be approved by the programme co-ordinator. For further details and module choices and descriptions, click on this link on course webpage (link to it below)


Unique Aspects of the Course
Only Masters course in Ireland offering language learning opportunities in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan or Galician. The programme has a major focus on developing key skills and employability of its graduates with advanced training in Research Skills, Teaching and Learning Methodologies, and advanced language skills.

Course Practicalities
Lecture hours and timetables depend largely on your chosen modules. The elective modules have a value of 10 credits and involve two hours of teaching per week during one semester. The rest of the modules may have a value of 5 or 10 credits and they take a variety of different formats (workshops, participation in research seminars, online learning), so an estimation of the total amount of classes for the duration of the academic year would be between 5 and 10 hours per week, with more than this devoted to directed study outside class hours.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on your choice of subjects but assessment methods include oral presentations, essays, exams and research portfolios.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €6,000 (1 year full-time) and €3,000 (Year 1 part-time).

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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