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Multilingual Computing & Localisation

This programme was prepared in consultation with a large panel of academic and industry experts, and takes into account the changes in localisation and internationalisation practice. It caters for new and emerging requirements with a focus on high-quality research output. In addition, while it is centred around the technical aspects of localisation, it recognises the need for localisation professionals to have a good understanding of international business organisation.

In particular, the programme now puts a much stronger emphasis then before on:

Internationalisation requirements and their implementation;

The critical analysis and research of translation technologies;

The automation of the localisation process in what has been called the Localisation Factory;

Business organisation and international business practices.

Build on the University's world-wide reputation as the premier academic institution that teaches the best minds in the localisation/internationalisation business;

Provide individuals interested in acquiring postgraduate academic qualifications in the areas of localisation and internationalisation with an easily accessible programme to do so, in close cooperation with industrial partners;

Guide and support students conducting independent postgraduate research in technical aspects of localisation/internationalisation taking into account the relevant business processes;

Prepare students for further PhD studies.

Entry requirements

Primary Degree (level 8) and Graduate Diploma in Localisation Technology (2.1 honours);
Primary degree (level 8) in: Computing or related discipline (2.1 honours), or Language Technology or related discipline (2.1 honours);
Primary degree (level 8; 2.1 honours) with interview and industry experience: work experience in localisation or 2-month internship with a localisation company.

•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


MSMCLOTFA 1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

International digital content and software developer, International digital content product management. Globalisation, internationalisation, localisation and translation (GILT) consultant . Technology business manager. Senior Researcher (Global Computing and Language Technologies)

Further enquiries

Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Course Director: Reinhard Schaler
Tel : 353-61-213176 Fax 353-61-202734
Email :
Web :

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Localisation Project Management; Advanced Language Engineering, Principal Issues in Localisation; Directed Study: Localisation Standards and Best Practice.

Semester 2
Localisation Process Automation, Translation Technology, Best Practice Internationalisation; Directed Study: Applied Research Methods

Masters Thesis.
Thesis I, II and III These modules will, over a period of three consecutive semesters, allow students to prepare, research and write up their dissertation (MSc Thesis). Students will work on their thesis during the year and submit in Semester 3.


Global communication – in your language. In this online distance learning programme, explore the theory and practice of how global businesses and communities collaborate using leading-edge technologies. Aimed at students with a professional, language, general arts, business and technologies background.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

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