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MSc in Translation Technology

MSc in Translation Technology

  • PAC CodeDC700(Full Time) DC731(Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration (FT - 1 Year), (PT - 2 Years)

The MSc in Translation Technology is a one-year, full-time or two-year part time (day time classes) programme at Dublin City University which provides advanced technical training, an essential element in the world of translation in the twenty-first century. It welcomes students with languages other than those covered by the MA in Translation Studies (i.e. French, German, Irish, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese), with English as a common language.

Students on this course take modules including Object Oriented Programming (Java), Translation Technology, Localisation, Audio Visual Translation and Computerised Terminology. 

The MSc in Translation Technology at DCU is a member of the prestigious European Masters in Translation (EMT) Network established by the Directorate-General for Translation at the European Commission. This has established the MSc programme as one of the most prestigious in Europe. DCU is the only university on the island of Ireland to be awarded this quality label. For more information see: https://ec.europa.eu/info/european-masters-translation-emt_en

Lecturers on the MA in Translation Studies at Dublin City University are internationally recognised scholars in the field of Translation Studies, many of whom have extensive connections with the translation profession and the translation industry.

The fees payable in September 2016 were 6,750 euro for EU citizens and 13,700 euro for non-EU citizens.

Click here to view our online video where graduate Celeste do Vale Cisneros talks about the course: https://youtu.be/oN7ZxLQYhRk


The MSc in Translation Technology:

  • Develops a range of professional and linguistic skills appropriate to the translation profession
  • Equips students with the technological tools and skills required in the profession
  • Provides practical training in the use of translation tools and an introduction to computer programming
  • Introduces students to contemporary theoretical issues in Translation Studies

Students on the MSc in Translation Technology take core modules Translation Technology, Computerised Terminology, Translation Technology, Translation Theory, Research Methodologies, Localisation, Audio Visual Translation and Object Oriented Programming (Java). Optional modules may include Translation as a Profession, Digital Methods in Language and Discourse and EU Institutions Study Visit. 

Students write a dissertation over the course of the summer months. Alternatively, they may opt for a three-month work placement in Ireland or abroad.

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Why DCU?

We are the only Irish university to offer a comprehensive postgraduate programme in Translation Technology combined with contemporary theoretical issues in Translation Studies.

Our programme belons to the prestigious European Masters in Translation (EMT) network initiated by the European Commisision in order to promote a quality brand of translator qualifications. 

Our programme provides a firm grounding in translation technology and in the academic discipline of Translation Studies with a strong practical and professional dimension.

We work closely with professional bodies (e.g. Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association), international organisations (e.g. EU) and the translation industry to deliver a programme that equips graduates with excellent translation technology skills. 

We provide an excellent research environment with internationally recognised scholars in the field of Translation Studies.

Students are also able to pursue further study in the field through the attached to the internationally recognized Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS), DCU’s University Designated Research Centre, which provides a stimulating research environment. https://cttsdcu.wordpress.com/


Graduates from the MSc in Translation Technology will have an excellent knowledge and understanding of technologies relating to the translation profession, making them highly sought after by employers

Graduates from the MSc in Translation Technology can become professional translators, working in the translation departments of large companies or on a freelance basis for agencies or for direct clients.

Graduates may also be eligible for the competitive examinations leading to employment in the Translation Divisions of EU Institutions or other international organizations. For more information on translating for Europe see: https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/translation

For information on the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union see: https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/agencies/cdt_en

Some graduates may wish to continue their studies to doctoral level at DCU or elsewhere. For more information on continuing research in the area of Translation Studies see Research in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS): https://www.dcu.ie/salis/research.shtml


General Entry Requirements

 Applications are invited from graduates, normally with at least a Second Class Honours degree, in an undergraduate discipline such as: language, linguistics, computational linguistics. Applicants should have knowledge of a second language (no restrictions apply as to which language).

In addition, applicants should preferably have spent a total of at least 12 months per language in a country or countries where the language(s) they wish to study are spoken.

Consideration will be given to graduates from other disciplines with appropriate linguistic competency.

Non-native speakers of English should will be required to submit evidence of advanced English language skills e.g. IELTS 7 points, Cambridge Proficiency Pass or TOEFL 600 points (paper based test) or 250 points (computer based).

Applicants may be called to interview.

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How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • Personal statement of 1,000 words maximum

Non Native English Speakers must also submit

  • Evidence of English competency at an advanced level e.g. IELTS 7.0 points; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B; or TOEFL 600 points (paper based test); or TOEFL 250 points (computer based).

EU Applicants
Applicants may apply online through the Postgraduate Application Centre website www.pac.ie by 31st July 2018

Non-EU Applicants
Applicants may apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre website www.pac.ie by 10th July 2018. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible. Applicants who require a study visa for Ireland are ineligible to apply for part time study programmes.

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.

Queries on completed applications to be emailed to registry@dcu.ie