Taught course

Modern Language Studies

University of Limerick · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

At least an undergraduate degree at 2.2 honours level (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject (i.e. with a substantial component of French, Spanish or German Studies). (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants' language skills should be to a level corresponding to a minimum second class Honours degree in the language. An interview may form part of the selection process for all applicants. This will be done in person if possible or alternatively via Skype or video conferencing where the candidate is not available and cannot attend an interview. Candidates who do not meet these criteria may apply for admission to the MA in Modern Language Studies programme as recognised prior learning may be taken into account. The admission of such applicants would be exceptional and would be subject to the approval of the Course Director and the Course Board. Places on the programme will be offered on the basis of the above, viz. qualifications, performance and interview, language proficiency level (if applicable)

Months of entry


Course content


  • To develop students' understanding of key aspects of the cultural life of German, French and Spanish-speaking countries today.
  • To enable students to analyse and interpret German, French or Spanish-language and culture within a broader European context.
  • To provide students with the necessary skills to communicate in oral and written German, French or Spanish with a high degree of accuracy and confidence.
  • To foster students' ability to conduct independent research in all fields relating to German, French or Spanish languages and cultures
  • To equip students with both the linguistic and conceptual skills to operate in an increasingly multi-cultural environment in Ireland and abroad.
  • To conceptualise larger research projects (e.g. at PhD level) and to participate in a broader intellectual community of postgraduate research and learning.

Programme Content Semester 1:
Core modules: language and culture, language pedagogy, research methodologies in applied language studies. Electives: French, German or Spanish language and culture modules. Semester 2:
Core modules: language systems, culture and the market, linguistics for language teaching, thesis writing, translation in French, German or Spanish. Electives: French, German or Spanish language and culture modules

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Frédéric Royall and Dr. Mariano Paz