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Modern Language Studies

This full-time MA in Modern Language Studies has been designed specifically with the aim of providing students who already have a background in Spanish, French or German at undergraduate level with a comprehensive foundation on the methodologies and critical issues surrounding language studies and the cultural and social contexts of the chosen language. The programme caters for students interested in preparing for doctoral study as well as for those wishing to pursue careers in areas outside academia, such as government, NGOs, and business. The programme places particular emphasis on the acquisition of transferable skills such as language pedagogy, translation studies, and linguistic markets.

Programme Aims
- To develop students' understanding of key aspects of the cultural life of German, French and Spanish-speaking countries today.

- To enable students to analyse and interpret German, French or Spanish-language and culture within a broader European context.

- To provide students with the necessary skills to communicate in oral and written German, French or Spanish with a high degree of accuracy and confidence.

- To foster students' ability to conduct independent research in all fields relating to German, French or Spanish languages and cultures

- To equip students with both the linguistic and conceptual skills to operate in an increasingly multi-cultural environment in Ireland and abroad.

- To conceptualise larger research projects (e.g. at PhD level) and to participate in a broader intellectual community of postgraduate research and learning.

Entry requirements

At least an undergraduate degree at 2.2 honours level (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject (i.e. with a substantial component of French, Spanish or German Studies). (Primary degree: Level 8 - QQI). Applicants' language skills should be to a level corresponding to a minimum second class Honours degree in the language. An interview may form part of the selection process for all applicants. This will be done in person if possible or alternatively via Skype or video conferencing where the candidate is not available and cannot attend an interview.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may apply for admission to the MA in Modern Language Studies programme as recognised prior learning may be taken into account. The admission of such applicants would be exceptional and would be subject to the approval of the Course Director and the Course Board. Places on the programme will be offered on the basis of the above, viz. qualifications, performance and interview, language proficiency level (if applicable).

Please note that places on the programme are offered on the basis of all the above, viz. qualifications, performance at interview, language proficiency level (if applicable) as well as candidates' references given in the application form.

What to include with your application
•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


1 Year Full- Time

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
Students graduating from this course will be equipped to follow a number of career paths. These include: teaching at various levels (including university), school management, business, publishing, materials' development, adult education and support, further study to PhD level.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Frédéric Royall
Tel: +353 (0) 61 233495

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
Choose ONE of these modules (all modules 9 ECTS
•CU6011 Language and Culture
•CU6031 Comparative Literature: Cultural Constructions of the Past
•CU6041 Literature of Migration
•CU6051 Literature & Cultural Theory
•LI6011 Materials Development for Language Teaching
•LP5001 Language Pedagogy 1

Choose ONE of these research modules (all modules 3 ECTS)
•RM6011 Research Methodologies in Applied Language Studies OR
•RM6021 Research Methodologies in Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies

Spring Semester
Choose ONE of these modules (all modules 9 ECTS)
•CU6002 Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
•CU6012 Utopian Theory & Texts
•CU6021 Culture and the Market
•LI5922 Language Systems 2
•LI6002 ICT & Language Studies
•LI6012 Linguistics for Language Teaching

(All modules 3 ECTS)
•CU6032 Thesis Writing: Language, Literature & Cultural Studies

Choose ONE module from Block C and ONE module from Block D. Student's Block C module and Block D module must be in the same language area and students must have met the entry requirements for their chosen area.

Autumn Semester
BLOCK C (all modules 9 ECTS)
•FR5101 – The French Language Today

•GE6011 – Advanced Language Skills 1: Analysing Media Texts

•SP6001 – Spanish in the Contemporary World

BLOCK D (all modules 9 ECTS)
•FR5111 – Contemporary France 1 OR
•FR5131 – Second Language Acquisition OR
•FR5161 – The Question of the Universal in Modern & Contemporary Literature of French Expression

•GE6021 – Irish-German Cultural Connection OR
•GE6001 German Culture in Europe 1: Transcultural Theory and Textual Practice OR
•GE6031 – The German Language Today

•SP6011 – Sociolinguistics of Spanish OR
•SP6021 –Cultural Transitions: Literature and Film in Spain (1970s – 1990s)

Total Credits: 30.

Spring Semester
BLOCK C (all modules 9 ECTS)
•FR5102 – Theory and Practice of Translation (French)

•GE6012 Advanced Language Skills 2: Analysing Visual Texts: Films, Visual, Art, Architecture

•SP6002 – Theory and Practice of Translation (Spanish)

BLOCK D (all modules 9 ECTS)
•FR5112 – Issues in Contemporary France OR
•FR5152 - Modern French Language Literary and Cultural Production

•GE6002 German Culture in Europe 2 OR
•GE6022 German Language in Education: Policy and Practice

•SP6012 – Issues in Contemporary Spain and Latin America OR
•SP6022 – The Culture of Memory in Spain and Latin America: Representing Horror

Total Credits: 30.


The MA in Modern Language Studies places particular emphasis on the acquisition of transferable skills (such as language pedagogy, translation studies, and linguistics) in French, Spanish, or German. The programme provides students with a comprehensive foundation on the methodologies and critical issues surrounding language studies and the cultural and social contexts of the chosen language.

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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