Postgraduate
MA Languages and Cultures

University College Cork

Course Overview


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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 13,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • 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.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry 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.

English Requirements

  • DET Minimum Requirements (Duolingo)
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.
  • IELTS Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
  • TOEFL Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: TOEFL 90 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Pearson PTE
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


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.

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