UCC Postgraduate courses

Global Cultures and Languages

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Global Cultures and Languages

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    Full-time €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time), €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants should normally have at least a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies/Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean or English. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications: we will reopen in November.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 31 July 2021

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

The MA in Global Cultures and Languages is a flexible programme that aims to equip students with advanced language skills in one or more areas and to develop their expertise in intercultural communication and cultural transfer. With a particular focus on training students for the global workplace, the programme enables students to take up an additional language and to develop digital and research skills.

Students graduating from the programme will have advanced knowledge and expertise in one or more language areas offered and will be able to choose from modules designed to enhance professional skills and employability and deepen their knowledge of the target cultures in which they specialise.

This one-year MA course (90 credits) will appeal to a wide range of people, including present and future language teachers, and those interested in language studies, linguistics and oral and written communication. The course begins in late September, with teaching ending in March. The thesis is submitted in early October. The course involves attendance at lectures and seminars, the writing of course papers and completion of other assessed tasks including presentations.

The core set of modules introduces students to key concepts needed for engagement in a global market-place: mobility and globalization; intercultural communication; cultural transfer and exchange. They also involve research training and development as well as a dissertation in the student’s area of choice.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part 1
LL6007 Research Journal and Presentation Skills (5 credits)
LL6008 Mobility, Plurilingualism and Intercultural Communication in a Globalized World (10 credits)
LL6901 Research Methods (5 credits)

Plus 40 credits from the following groups of modules:

Global Cultures and Languages
AS6000 Transcultural Asia: Past, Present and Future (10 credits)
LL6016 Mediterranean Cultures: Encounters (10 credits)
LL6018 Contemporary Translation Theory and Practice (10 credits)
LL6024 Conflict, memory and nation building in the Francophone world (10 credits)
LL6037 Migration and Culture (10 credits)
LL6038 Metropolis, Mobility and Minorities (10 credits)

Language Skills and Employability (students may take on a new language, but may not take more than 10 credits of a language at Beginner Level)

AS1501 Japanese language Level 1 (10 credits)
AS1601 Korean Language Level 1 (10 credits)
CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) I (10 credits)
DH6004 Conceptual Introduction to Digital Arts and Humanities (5 credits)
DH6010 Humanities and New Technologies: Tools and Methodologies (5 credits)
FR1101 Foundation Course in Written and Oral French (10 credits)
FR2101 Advanced French Language (10 credits)
FR4101 Advanced Use of French (10 credits)
FR6503 Advanced French Translation Skills (10 credits)
FR6504 French Translation Project (5 credits)
FR6505 Theory, Methodology and Practice of Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting (5 credits)
FR6701 French for Reading Purposes: Proficiency Level (5 credits)
FR6702 Advanced French Intercultural Communications (5 credits)
GE1101 German Integrated Written and Oral Language Course (10 credits)
GE1103 German Integrated Written and Oral Language Course for Beginners (10 credits)
GE2101 German Integrated Language Course (10 credits)
GE3101 German Advanced Integrated Language Course (10 credits)
GE6005 Translation Project (German) (5 credits)
HS1102 First Year Spanish Language for Non-Beginners (10 credits)
HS1103 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS2101 Second Year Spanish Language (ex-beginners) (10 credits)
HS2102 Second Year Spanish Language (ex-non beginners) (10 credits)
HS3001 Final Year Spanish Language (10 credits)
HS6003 Advanced Translation Skills (10 credits)
HS6006 Advanced Spanish Language for Professional Purposes (10 credits)
HS6014 Gramática para ELE: Teaching Spanish Grammar in the Second Language Classroom (10 credits)
HS6017 Intensive Catalan Language and Culture (10 credits)
HS6018 Intensive Galician Language and Culture (10 credits)
HS6019 Intensive Portuguese Language and Culture (10 credits)
IT1101 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT1102 Non-Beginners' Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT1109 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT1110 Italian Language (Beginner Level) (5 credits, P1 only)
IT1120 Italian Language (Beginner Level) (5 credits, P2 only)
IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language (10 credits)
IT2103 Lower-Intermediate Italian Language (B1) (5 credits, P1 only)
IT2104 Upper-Intermediate Italian Language (B2) (5 credits, P2 only)
IT3101 Advanced Italian Language (10 credits)
IT6003 Advanced Italian Language for Professional Purposes (10 credits)
IT6101 Translation: Methods and Practice (10 credits)
IT6104 Teaching of Italian as a second language 1 (10 credits)
IT6301 Italian Cultural Awareness (5 credits)
LL6012 Research Project (5 credits)
 What Gets Lost: Poetry and Translation (10 credits)
Work Placement and Portfolio (10 credits)

Part II
LL6006 Dissertation in Global Cultures and Languages (30 credits)

Students registered on the MA in Global Cultures and Languages part-time take as follows:
A minimum of 45 credits of taught modules (which must include LL6008 and LL6901) in year 1 and 45 credits in year 2 including LL6006 Global Cultures and Languages Dissertation (30 credits) and 15 credits from the list of optional modules.

Postgraduate Diploma in Global Cultures and Languages (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
Students who pass taught modules to the value of at least 60 credits may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Cultures and Languages.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Lecture hours and timetables depend largely on your chosen modules. The elective modules have a value of 10 credits and involve two hours of teaching per week during one semester. The rest of the modules may have a value of 5 or 10 credits and they take a variety of different formats (workshops, participation in research seminars, online learning), so an estimation of the total amount of classes for the duration of the academic year would be between 5 and 10 hours per week, with more than this devoted to directed study outside class hours. 

Assessment varies depending on your choice of subjects but assessment methods include oral presentations, essays, exams and research portfolios. 

Who Teaches the programme

Various staff in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures http://www.ucc.ie/en/sllc/

Why Choose This Course

The programme has a major focus on developing key skills and employability of its graduates with advanced training in Research Skills, Teaching and Learning Methodologies, and advanced language skills.

Skills and Careers Information

This programme will provide you with advanced training in languages, intercultural communication and develop your research skills to very high levels. It will equip you for jobs in the education, tourism, translation, heritage, technology, or global business sectors.


Applicants should normally have at least a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies/Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean or English.

Candidates with a degree in language, linguistics or a cognate discipline atSecond Class Honours Grade I completed through the medium of French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies/Spanish, Chinese, Japanese,  Korean or English may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications by the course committee.

Candidates who hold a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) may also be considered, based on the information provided in a supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the programme selection committee. Applicants may be required to present themselves for interview or further assessment before a final decision is made.

Graduates who do not meet the above entry requirements may also be considered if they are deemed to have reached equivalent experiential learning (including proficiency in language and intercultural skills from other sources). Such applications will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is Full-time €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time), €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,080.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please indicate your level of language expertise in the language(s) offered by this programme and include details of any relevant qualifications, skills and experiences to date.


The closing date for non-EU applications is Extended until 31 July 2021

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