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Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge

MA Scríobh & Cumarsáid na Gaeilge
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This course is designed for students of Irish language and literature and for those who are working in the broader Irish language sector with a specific focus on a high standard of language and transferable language skills such as media, translation and interpreting.
• Students who complete this course graduate with a high standard of accuracy in Irish language, and an understanding of its role in Irish society and Europe.
• The student completes a thesis on any topic in modern Irish language or literature.
• Work placements are also part of this course which also entail a research project encompassing interdisciplinary skills ranging from use of translation and media packages, to research skills, depending on the choices made by the student.

Vision and Values Statement
The MA: Scríobh agus Cumarsáid sa Nua-Ghaeilge is aimed at students with an academic background in Modern Irish or a cognate subject and at Irish language and Media professionals. Our aim is to promote and preserve the Irish language, its literature and culture, and to emphasise their importance for Irish society, especially in the context of the Irish language as a working language in the European Parliament and the Official Languages Act (2003). Central to the programme is the specific focus on contemporary research and on advanced language and professional skills such as translation, legal translation, media, editing and writing skills. Students will graduate with an in-depth knowledge in these areas, developing effective communication and analytical skills to prepare them for a variety of career paths including: careers in Education, Media, Translation, Public Service, Research, Editing and Publishing.

We value autonomous and collaborative learning, providing a vibrant academic environment for the teaching and use of the Irish language, supported by our multi-media language learning centre and work placements in national and international organisations. All teaching and communication is conducted through the medium of Irish, in small group tutorials, in lectures, in writing and media workshops, and in seminar-style participatory classes. Irish language usage amongst the student body and in the university is encouraged in our Student Space (An Seomra Caidrimh).

A series of seminars delivered by guest lecturers introduces students to current research by experts in their fields. Students are encouraged to make use of digital archive resources in their research. Learning and assessment approaches include oral, written and aural examinations, peer assessment, project work, essays, presentations, seminars, work placements and research dissertations. The work placements provide opportunities for students to engage with the Irish language in a professional capacity in national and European organisations.

Programme Outcomes
• Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of dialectal and Standard Irish (An Caighdeán Oifigiúil), attaining a C1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or its equivalent.
• demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques, research methods and theoretical issues in contemporary research in the Irish language.
• demonstrate effective communication skills with appropriate use of subject-specific terminology and with an ability to explain the rationale underlying research conclusions.
• apply the use of accurate spoken and written Irish in both academic and professional contexts, i.e. give interviews and participate in current debate on broadcast and print media; debate and analyse current affairs and academic topics.
• appreciate the study of the Irish language and its literature as an integral part of Irish society past and present in a national and global context.
• able to discriminate and self-evaluate areas of academic specialisation that are best suited to their strengths as research scholars and as professionals.
• use the study of Modern Irish as a means of enabling critical thinking about social and cultural issues.
• be proficient in the use of on-line and traditional resources.
• translate literary, legal and official texts for use in the public domain;

Entry requirements

• An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent, in Irish or a related area or significant professional work experience working in Irish language organisations or in the teaching profession is required.
• Students who specialise in translation and legal translation as part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht funding for this course are required to have a level B2 proficiency in Irish language as per TEG guidelines
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full-time (Z030). 2 years part-time (Z199).

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Since its initiation many students from this masters have secured international scholarships, such as the Fulbright Award or the Ireland Canada University Foundation Scholarship, working annually in third-level institutions in the US and Canada.

International opportunities can include posts in the following areas in Europe (European Parliament / Commission): translator, interpreter, copy-editing, administrative positions, lawyer linguist and publishing. Work in the European Union is not confined to one language which allows for diversity in employment.

National opportunities:
• Publishing, terminology projects (Fiontar DCU, Foclóirí)
• Media (print, radio television, online)
• Teaching (second and third Level)
• Research – particularly in the areas of media, revival, sociolinguistics, translation, terminology or literature for example
• State and Semi-state bodies and funded organisations, such as Foras na Gaeilge, Conradh na Gaeilge and Eagrais Ghaelscolaíochta.

Related Programmes
MA sa Nua-Ghaeilge PT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Michael Wallace
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 8105

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Teanga na Gaeilge 4(MA: Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge)

Tráchtas / Tionscnamh taighde

Scileanna Aistriúcháin

Stage 1 - Option
Na meáin Ghaeilge

Ceird na Scríbhneoireachta

Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge

Dlí agus Aistriúchán II

Athbheochan agus na Meáin

Saormhodúl Taighde

An Béal Beo

Aistriúchán Gairmiúil

Dlí agus Aistriúchán 1

Information & Collaboration in Organisations

Social Computing & Media

Information Architecture: Designing the Web

Digital Libraries

French for General Purposes 4

German for General Purposes 4

Spanish General Purposes 4


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge FT (Z030)
Duration: 1 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Deadline: Rolling *

MA Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge PT (Z199)
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Part Time
Deadline: Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA Scríobh & Cumarsáid na Gaeilge (Z030) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7,055
non EU fee per year - €19,200

MA Scríobh agus Cumarsáid (Z199) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4,235
non EU fee per year - €9,600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. These courses are part funded by the Specific Skills Initiative from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. For further information regarding scholarships for this course please contact Orlaith Marnell at Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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