MA Modern Languages

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Advanced knowledge of European cultures and languages, spoken worldwide, has never been more important. The MA Modern Languages offers you guided graduate study in French, German, Italian or Spanish studies or in any two of these areas. With a blend of disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies you will engage with current humanities research in foreign-language areas, guided by internationally recognised scholars. In some cases, an Erasmus term at a partner university may be available. You will develop sophisticated critical and theoretical tools needed for deep engagement with language, literature, and culture. The programme will appeal both to students wishing to develop deep familiarity with the cultures of one language area and those looking for a more broad exploration of the cultures of two language areas.

Please visit our website for more information: https://www.ucd.ie/slcl/study/postgraduateprogrammes/mainmodernlanguages/

  • 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

Careers & Employability

  • 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

Curricular information is subject to change


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.

Students engage with current research and develop the advanced analytical, critical and theoretical tools necessary for sophisticated engagement with literature, culture, and language. The programme aims to combine choice with coherence, flexibility with focus, depth with the opportunity to broaden one's cultural horizons. Students choose an area or areas of specialisation from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary modules.

Whether deepening existing knowledge or exploring new areas of study, students enjoy intensive interaction with academic specialists in small-group seminars.  Individual supervision on an independent academic research project culminates in the preparation of a minor thesis on an original subject.

Individual and group presentations, symposia, literature reviews, bibliographical research and extended written projects are central elements of the programme’s design. As postgraduates, MA students join in School research seminars as full members of the academic community.

  • Students should have established a sophisticated level of expertise in one or more of the programme’s languages.
  • deepened a contextually informed understanding of and engagement with the literary and cultural production of communities speaking one or more of the programme’s languages.
  • developed a familiarity with prominent critical and theoretical schools and tendencies.
  • identified and circumscribed an independent and significant research problematic that extends current thinking.
  • investigated the chosen research problematic in a systematic, critically and theoretically informed way, presented an analysis in appropriate academic form and language, and evaluated the conclusions of that analysis in relation to previous work in the area.
  • increased expertise in oral presentation and communication, especially in presenting and discussing substantial research questions in formal and specialist fora (seminars, symposia etc.) and to diverse audiences of experts and peers.
  • Students should have established a sophisticated level of expertise in one or more of the programme’s languages.
  • deepened a contextually informed understanding of and engagement with the literary and cultural production of communities speaking one or more of the programme’s languages.
  • developed a familiarity with prominent critical and theoretical schools and tendencies.
  • identified and circumscribed an independent and significant research problematic that extends current thinking.
  • increased expertise in oral presentation and communication, especially in presenting and discussing substantial research questions in formal and specialist fora (seminars, symposia etc.) and to diverse audiences of experts and peers.
  • investigated the chosen research problematic in a systematic, critically and theoretically informed way, presented an analysis in appropriate academic form and language, and evaluated the conclusions of that analysis in relation to previous work in the area.

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The programme comprises six taught modules and a minor thesis. Alongside a core theoretical module in either Cultural, Literary or Translation Theory, you will take four modules in one language/culture area or two each in two language/culture areas, plus an elective module chosen from the modules on offer. Small class sizes ensure you enjoy an ideal learning environment. For the minor thesis, you will identify a significant research question in collaboration with an academic specialist and carry out your research under individual supervision.

MA Modern Languages (Z202) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7315
nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

MA Modern Languages (Z203) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4390
nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

  • Applicants must present a primary degree (NFQ Level 8) 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.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Akshay Kumar Choudhary 
MA 2018

The MA Modern Languages at UCD is an intensive program conducted by expert educators who greatly value individual opinion and encourage independent research. This Masters has given me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge in Spanish studies and discover new research areas beyond Europe. I have also benefited from its interdisciplinary and theory-based approaches to learning, which have further strengthened my critical thinking skills. In short, this MA has provided me with the necessary foundation and training to build an academic career.

As well as intensive interaction with academic specialists and opportunities to participate in the School’s research culture, you will draw on the James Joyce Library’s extensive holdings in modern languages, literatures and cultures. Where an Erasmus term is included, you will avail of the School’s international network of relations.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Modern Languages FT (Z202)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *
MA Modern Languages PT (Z203)
Duration
2 Years
Attendance
Part Time
Deadline
Rolling *

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