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MA in Translation Studies (PAC Code: DC615)


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Duration: 1 year full-time
Contact: Dr Eithne O'Connell
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Indicative Timetable(Weeks 20-31)

Degree Information:

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  • The MA in Translation Studies programme provides advanced linguistic and technical training, leading to a postgraduate qualification in Translation Studies
  • DCU is the only Irish university offering a comprehensive postgraduate programme in Translation Studies, with a wide range of modules in Translation Technology, Audiovisual Translation, Translation as a Profession and Translation Practice in European and Asian languages as well as Irish
  • The MA in Translation Studies at DCU is a member of the European Masters in Translation (EMT) Network. This has established the MA programme as one of the most prestigious in Europe
  • The fees payable by EU citizens in September 2015 will be €5,000

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Why should I choose DCU?

The MA in Translation Studies is a well-established programme that enjoys the benefits of being part of the European Masters in Translation (EMT) Network initiated by the European Commission designed to promote a quality brand of translator qualifications. Covering a number of European and Asian languages, the MA programme combines a firm grounding in the academic discipline of Translation Studies with a strong practical and professional dimension. Our students are recruited by high-profile European public institutions as well as private multinational organisations. Students are also able to pursue further study in the field through the internationally recognised Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS), DCU's University Designated Research Centre, which provides a stimulating research environment.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To develop a range of professional and linguistic skills appropriate to the translation profession
  • To provide practical training in the translation of a range of specialised texts
  • To equip students with the technological tools and skills required in the profession
  • To introduce students to contemporary theoretical issues in Translation Studies.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an inherent part of DCU's policy in relation to access or opportunity. DCU's Policy on RPL is available at:

The following RPeL (Recognition of Prior experiential Learning) policy applies to the MA in Translation Studies.

Applicants who do not meet our entry requirements of a second class honours degree in one or two languages must provide evidence that they have gained significant work experience in translation or a related field (localisation, journalism, etc.), and that they have extensive knowledge of their chosen source and target language and cultures.

Applicants must provide evidence that they have achieved level C1 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for their chosen language.

Programme Structure:

The MA in Translation Studies is a one year, full-time taught programme delivered over two semesters. A research dissertation is completed over the summer months.

Translation practice modules are offered for French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese to English and for English to Irish. Students can take translation modules in either one or two languages. However, students taking Irish must have a second language.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2015 - 2016)

Why DCU:

We are the only Irish university to offer a comprehensive postgraduate programme in Translation Studies

We work closely with professional bodies (e.g. ITIA), international organisations (e.g. EU) and the translation industry to deliver a programme that prepares graduates to work as translators

Our programme belongs to the prestigious European Masters in Translation (EMT) network

We provide an excellent research environment with internationally recognised scholars in the field attached to the well-established research centre, Centre for Translation and Textual Studies

Career Prospects:

  • Many graduates from the MA in Translation Studies become professional translators, working on a freelance basis for agencies or in the translation departments of large companies
  • Graduates may also be eligible for the competitive examinations leading to employment in the Translating Divisions of the Institutions of the European Union or other international organisations
  • For more information, please consult Interpreting and Translating for Europe and Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union
  • Some graduates follow careers in related fields such as publishing, broadcasting or IT where they may take up positions as technical writers, terminologists or lexicographers, subtitlers or software localisers
  • Others opt for careers in teaching, at secondary or tertiary level, or undertake research
  • Some graduates may wish to continue their studies to doctoral level at DCU or elsewhere. See Research in SALIS for more information on continuing research in the area of Translation Studies

Entry Requirements:

  • Applications are invited from graduates normally with at least a Second Class Honours degree in any one (for the one-language route) or two (for the two-language route) of the following language(s): Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish.
  • In addition, applicants should preferably have spent a total of at least 12 months per language in a country/countries where the language(s) they wish to study are spoken.
  • Consideration will be given to other subject specialists with appropriate linguistic competence.
  • Non-native speakers should have a degree in English or advanced English skills (e.g. IELTS 7.0 points, Cambridge Proficiency Pass or TOEFL 600/250 points). Applicants may be called for interview, and their levels of English tested.
  • Applicants may be called for interview and a translation test

Application Process

Applicants are requested to include a personal statement of no longer then one A4 page, to explain their motivation for applying for the programme, with any relevant information which will indicate their commitment to the proposed course of study. Please also indicate the information regarding one-language or two-language track and in which language(s).

Dates for Submission of Applications 2016

EU Applicants
Applicants may apply online through the Postgraduate Application Centre ( by 31st July 2016.

Non-EU Applicants Applicants may apply online through the Postgraduate Application Centre ( by 10th July 2016. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

Applications will normally be considered within three weeks of receipt by DCU of the full application (including all supporting documentation). Applicants are thus encouraged to apply early for an early decision.

  • When applying online for M.A. in Translation Studies use PAC code DC615.

Queries on completed applications to be emailed to

Fee information

Indicative Timetable
(Weeks 20-31)