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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.

- 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

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.


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

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
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

Related Programmes
MA Linguistics FT
MA European Regional & Minority Cultures FT
MA Applied Linguistics FT
MA in TESOL Studies FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Emer OBeirne
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 8515

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
Stage 1 - Option
Fifty Years of Formalism: the Legacy of the Nouveau Roman
L'écriture migrante dans le monde francophone contemporain
1930s French Cinema
Italian Cinema: From Postwar to the Present
German literature and 19th-/20th-century opera: Translation/transformation from page to opera stage
Perceptions of Classical Antiquity in the Italian Renaissance
Pirandello: Theatre and Theory
Italian Linguistics
Advanced Italian Language
Advanced Spoken Italian
Writing World War 1 in Italy
Introduction to Theory
Second Language Teaching and Learning
Nationalism to Regionalism
Introduction to Cultural Theory
Europe: Conflict & Cooperation
Avant-Gardes: Europe & Beyond
Self and Identity in the Apocryphal Machado
Spanish Novel: Town & Country


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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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