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Overview

Linguistic training to meet the needs of the Irish Language translation sector. Includes training in MemoQ (Kilgray).

Summary

We offer a comprehensive range of programmes in Irish in both part-time and full-time mode at a number of centres which serve a diverse body of students. Irish language provision and practice amongst staff and students reflects the University’s strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity within Northern Ireland.

Our Irish programmes play a vital role in preserving, sustaining and celebrating Ireland’s Gaelic literary and linguistic heritage as well as serving the demands of the Irish language sector within the local and international job market.

At a personal level our programmes fulfil the needs of individuals who wish to acquire the necessary competence to fully participate in the Irish language community as confident and independent users of the language.

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About

This course is ideal for those who have already attained a high level of proficiency in spoken and written Irish and who wish to pursue a full-time or part-time career in Translation/ Interpretation, although this course would also be suitable for anyone working in the Irish Language sector who wishes to improve their language skills.

Attendance

This course is offered on a part-time basis (2 years) with teaching occurring in blocks and online.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The learning outcomes listed above will be achieved through a variety of methods – lectures, webinars and practicals that include workshops and seminar discussions, directed reading, and dissertation supervision. In order to rationalise teaching while offering the maximum of flexibility, classes include a) core lectures on theory and b) practicals devoted to the language combinations. Linguistic capacity will be developed through translation and interpreting exercises in various specialised fields based on a range of source-language materials that include problem cases relating to syntax, lexis and sociolinguistic variations. Student-led learning and peer assessment (notably via collective translation tasks using wikis) will foster team work and independent and reflective learning.

The Computer Laboratory in Magee will be used to enhance student knowledge of translator tools and software.

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Cruinneas Gramadaí agus Stílíocht san Aistriúchán 1

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to the advanced study of grammar, syntax and phonology in Irish translation. Students will also study of the discourse of contemporary Irish translation and engage critically with key concepts in translation.

Cruinneas Gramadaí agus Stílíocht san Aistriúchán 2

Year: 1

This module will develop students' understanding of grammar, syntax and phonology in Irish translation. Students will continue in their study of the discourse of contemporary Irish translation and engage critically with advanced concepts in translation.

Year two

Aistriúchán Ríomhchuidithe

Year: 2

The module introduces a range of industry norm tools used within CAT and provides practical instruction. In addition, the module provides students with more refined discourse analysis and translation skills which are relevant for the professional linguist and translator.

Aistriúchán Teicniúil

Year: 2

This module provides students with an detailed introduction to the theory and practice of technical translation, setting the subject in its theoretical context and allowing the student to acquire the essential skills required of a translator in this key area of professional practice.

Tráchtas Aistriúcháin

Year: 2

In this module students will spend a period of study preparing, drafting and writing a dissertation on some aspect of interpreting or translation theory or practice. Depending on the nature of the topic agreed, the dissertation will be 15000 words in length or involve a 10000 word analysis of a translation and/or interpreting project of 4,000 words. The topic will have some connection to an aspect of the Diploma studies undertaken in the taught modules of the programme. Students will work under the supervision of a member of staff who will advise them on research methods, structure and content.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree with Irish as the main component with at least 2:2 Honours
standard or equivalent or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the
accreditation of prior experiential learning. Students without Irish as the main component of
their degree are expected to have reached a minimum standard equivalent to level B2 on the Common European Framework for Languages and may be required to undertake a pre-entry interview and/or written tests to verify their degree-level Irish language proficiency. Applicants must also provide evidence of competence in written or spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

It is estimated that 700 new jobs will be created within the EU in Irish translation/interpretation over the next 5-6 years. This exciting new MA programme is in response to the need for translators, editors and lexicographers to work in both domestic and European institutions, and will equip students with advanced language skills currently in demand in the Irish Language sector and in the European Union.

Irish, graduates from this programme will have career prospects in translation/interpretation for business and communications, in the legal sector, as well as in translation for the public sector and in tourism, and in the ever growing fields of both lexicography and language planning, in particular with 'Foclóir Gaeilge/Béarla an Fhorais.'

Academic profile

All staff in Irish are members of The Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute which was rated the second in the UK for Celtic Studies in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Staff are actively involved in world leading research that informs the subjects they teach.

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How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

You are advised that the deadline for submission of applications is normally 15th May. We will consider late applications but these may suffer delays in processing and places may be unavailable.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,900.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

For all Ulster University Scholarships, Awards and Prizes see:

http://emas04.ulster.ac.uk/study/applying/scholarships.php.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Dr Neil Comer

T: +44 (0)28 71675270

E: nm.comer@ulster.ac.uk

Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 70123210

E: admissionsce@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

E: internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

For more information visit

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Arts and Humanities

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