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Conference Interpreting (MA/PDip)
Course OverviewThis programme trains students in the professional skills of conference interpreting, enabling them to avail of the employment opportunities as qualified interpreting professionals. The curriculum is based on the European Master’s in Conference Interpreting, and is developed in conjunction with the European Union.
The training provided covers both modes of conference interpreting—consecutive and simultaneous interpreting—and employs recommended techniques: concentration exercises, interpretation from memory, sight interpreting, note-taking techniques and monitored use of the institutional speech repository. Students study the theory and practice of interpreting, and also examine professional ethics and conference preparation/procedures, along with working practices and conditions. Students will study the institutions of the EU, and the university organises a study visit to the European Parliament and Commission. Irish, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German are offered on the programme to date.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
- Susan Folan, MA, EMCI
- Karl Apsel MA
- Claudia Corriero MA
- Mahé Vandenbosch MA
- Azucena Bermudez MA
Requirements and Assessment
Students must hold a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent), as well as an excellent knowledge of their mother tongue. In addition, candidates are expected to have:
- Sound general knowledge;
- Good communication skills;
- A high degree of motivation.
Admission to the programme is subject to success in both a suitability test and an interview.
PDip: 1 academic year | MA: 1 calendar year (September to August)
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer see the offer round dates.
Mode of study
60 (PDip) / 90 (MA)
The training provided covers both modes of conference interpreting, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, and employs recommended techniques: concentration exercises, interpretation from memory, sight interpreting, note-taking techniques and monitored use of the institutional speech repository. Students study the theory and practice of interpreting, where they learn about various communication skills and gain experience through voice coaching and public speaking. Students also examine professional ethics and conference preparation/procedures, along with working practices and conditions. Throughout the course, students will study the institutions of the European Union, and the University organises a study visit to the European Parliament and Commission, giving an insight into a conference interpreter’s working life. Irish, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German have been offered on the programme to date, with provision for other languages, where possible, based on student demand.
- This is the only recognised programme of its kind in Ireland, and the university has a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Institutions, the world’s foremost employer of interpreters.
- This qualification is essential to apply for the multitude of positions available to interpreters internationally.
- The course is based on the European in ConferenceInterpreting curriculum.
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Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.