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Modern Languages

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Advanced knowledge of European cultures and languages, spoken worldwide, has never been more important. The MA Modern Languages offers you guided graduate study in French, German, Italian or Spanish studies or in any two of these areas. With a blend of disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies you will engage with current humanities research in foreign-language areas, guided by internationally recognised scholars. In some cases, an Erasmus term at a partner university may be available. You will develop sophisticated critical and theoretical tools needed for deep engagement with language, literature, and culture. The programme will appeal both to students wishing to develop deep familiarity with the cultures of one language area and those looking for a more broad exploration of the cultures of two language areas.

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

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

The MA in Modern Languages will interest students who have completed language, literature and culture studies at undergraduate level, and who would now like to pursue these studies in one or more languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish) at an advanced level of proficiency and with comparative possibilities.

Vision & Value Statement
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 Outcome
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.

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.

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.

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must present a primary degree (NFQ Level 8) 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.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Duration

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

Number of credits

90

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

Stage 1 Core
Minor Thesis

Stage 1 Option

Fifty Years of Formalism: the Legacy of the Nouveau Roman FR40060
L'ecriture migrante dans le monde francophone contemporain FR40070
Voltaire: Redefining the Hero FR40080
1930s French Cinema FR40200
Reading French for Research Purposes FR40390
Translation Studies: Theoretical Approaches GER40040
German literature and 19th-/20th-century opera: Translation/transformation from page to opera stage GER40080
Translation German-English GER40260
Youth and Cruelty GER40270
Italian Women's Writing Through the 20th Century: An Alternative Canon ITAL40270
Pasolini's Gender and Politics ITAL40350
Introduction to Theory SLL40130
Second Language Teaching and Learning SLL40180
Introduction to Cultural Theory SLL40230
Surrealism in Spain SPAN40310
Novel under Franco SPAN40320
Identity, Sex & Sexuality in Post-Revolutionary Cuban Culture.
SPAN40330

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MA Modern Languages FT (Z202)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *
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MA Modern Languages PT (Z203)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance
Part Time
Deadline
Rolling *
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* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MA Modern Languages (Z202) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Modern Languages (Z203) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4390
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.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: 2020/2021 September

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