UCC Postgraduate courses

Languages and Cultures

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Languages and Cultures

  • Code

    CKD16 Full-time; CKD17 Part-time

  • 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

    MA

  • EU Fees 2018

    €6,000
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018

    €13,000

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants should normally have at least an honours primary degree or equivalent at a 2H1 in French, German, Italian or Hispanic Studies/Spanish. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full details

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    10 September 2018

Course Outline

The MA in Languages and Cultures 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.

Core programme
LL6008 Negotiating Knowledges in the Networked Society [10 credits]
LL6901 Research Methods [5 credits]
LL6007 Research Journal and Presentation [5 credits]

There are two broad subject areas from which students pick their optional courses:

Skills & Employability and Languages & Cultures
Skills & Employability provides an opportunity to take up another language at Beginners level and you can choose from German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Galician. French is also offered at advanced level. There is also a course offering training in teaching and learning languages and cultures as well as a range of practical applied courses in teaching methodologies. It includes an online course (in Spanish) as well as courses in advanced translation and linguistics.

Languages and Cultures
Languages and Cultures offers a range of modules across all four disciplines designed to attract students with interests in the target cultures of their choice

Postgraduate Diploma in Languages and Cultures (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 Languages and Cultures.

Modules 
Note: all module choices need to be approved by the programme co-ordinator.  For further details and module choices and descriptions, click on this link:  College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

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

Only Masters course in Ireland offering language learning opportunities in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan or Galician. 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.

Requirements

Applicants should normally have at least an honours primary degree or equivalent at a second class honours grade one in French, German, Italian or Hispanic Studies/Spanish.

Candidates with language or linguistics degrees at second class honours grade one completed through the medium of French, German, Italian or Spanish may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications by the course committee.

Candidates who hold a 2H2 level 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 subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €6,000.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.

Deposits:

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.

Questions?

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

The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three 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 Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC 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 forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer a specific additional supplementary question as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of this additional/supplementary question is available to view here: CKD16&CKD17AdditionalQuestions (7kB)

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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