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Modern Languages

MA Modern Languages

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Modern Languages reflects the current need to provide high-quality education in the area of modern foreign languages, with a significant global reach. It will develop the communicative and analytical skills of its students through specialist study within and across the subject areas of French, German, Italian and Spanish, their cultures and languages. Students can specialise in one or two languages and draw on a range of supporting theoretical approaches.

Please visit our website for more information: https://www.ucd.ie/slcl/study/postgraduateprogrammes/mainmodernlanguages/

Small-group seminars taught by leading experts in a variety of fields

Subject-specialist, comparative and interdisciplinary analyses of Europe and beyond

Open and friendly academic learning environment with a strong international dimension

Vision and Values Statement

The MA in Modern Languages offers students with a high level of attainment in one or more foreign languages at undergraduate level an opportunity to pursue specialist study within and across the subject areas of French, German, Italian and Spanish, their cultures and languages. Offering advanced education in the area of foreign languages, and with a significant global reach, it aims to develop students’ communicative and analytical skills to a sophisticated level of proficiency.

Students engage with current research and develop the advanced analytical, critical and theoretical tools necessary for sophisticated engagement with literature, culture, and language. The programme aims to combine choice with coherence, flexibility with focus, depth with the opportunity to broaden one's cultural horizons. Students choose an area or areas of specialisation from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary modules.

Whether deepening existing knowledge or exploring new areas of study, students enjoy intensive interaction with academic specialists in small-group seminars. Individual supervision on an independent academic research project culminates in the preparation of a minor thesis on an original subject.

Individual and group presentations, symposia, literature reviews, bibliographical research and extended written projects are central elements of the programme’s design. As postgraduates, MA students join in School research seminars as full members of the academic community.

Programme Outcomes

Students should have established a sophisticated level of expertise in one or more of the programme’s languages.

deepened a contextually informed understanding of and engagement with the literary and cultural production of communities speaking one or more of the programme’s languages.

developed a familiarity with prominent critical and theoretical schools and tendencies.

identified and circumscribed an independent and significant research problematic that extends current thinking.

investigated the chosen research problematic in a systematic, critically and theoretically informed way, presented an analysis in appropriate academic form and language, and evaluated the conclusions of that analysis in relation to previous work in the area.

increased expertise in oral presentation and communication, especially in presenting and discussing substantial research questions in formal and specialist fora (seminars, symposia etc.) and to diverse audiences of experts and peers.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to present a primary degree in one or more languages, with an overall award of at least Second Class Honours, Grade 1. They also need to present two references from academic referees willing to comment on their intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Duration

MA: Z202: 1 year full-time or Z203: 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

Cultural institutions across Europe and the world

Global companies requiring graduates with highly advanced language skills and cultural insight

Teaching professions

PhD research and an academic career

Journalism and Broadcasting

EU, Public and Civil Service

Further enquiries

Contact Name:Emer O'Beirne
Contact Number:+353(0)1 716 8302

Subjects taught

The programme aims to combine choice with coherence, flexibility with focus, depth with the opportunity to broaden one's cultural horizons. Students choose a core theoretical module (Cultural Theory, Literary Theory or Translation Studies) alongside five other modules, defining an area or areas of specialisation from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary modules.

Students also write an MA Thesis on a subject area they have defined in close consultation with a supervisor. The subject can include comparative research across two language areas.

Stage 1 - Core

Minor Thesis
SLL40090

Stage 1 - Option

L'écriture migrante dans le monde francophone contemporain
FR40070

Voltaire: Redefining the Hero
FR40080

1930s French Cinema
FR40200

Italian Cinema: From Postwar to the Present
FS40080

Translation Studies: Theoretical Approaches
GER40040

German literature and 19th-/20th-century opera: Translation/transformation from page to opera stage
GER40080

Vienna 1900
GER40230

Gegenwartsprosa
GER40250

Pirandello: Theatre and Theory
ITAL40070

Italian Linguistics
ITAL40110

Advanced Italian Language
ITAL40120

Writing World War 1 in Italy
ITAL40300

Italian Chivalric Poetry
ITAL40330

Introduction to Theory
SLL40130

Introduction to Cultural Theory
SLL40230

Avant-Gardes: Europe & Beyond
SLL40320

Spanish Novel: Town & Country
SPAN40290

Application date

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

The following entry routes are available:
MA Modern Languages FT (Z202)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Modern Languages PT (Z203)
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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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