Entry Points (2023)

Course Overview

This degree is aimed specifically at jobs in the field of language skills. Excellent opportunities now exist in Ireland and Europe for those with a translation / language qualification—indeed, there is a shortage of qualified translators to fill job vacancies.
This highly practical degree course focuses on the linguistic, technological and workplace skills needed to become a professional translator. In addition to studying Translation in Léann an Aistriúcháin, you study Irish as a second subject and and qualify with a degree in both Translation Studies and Irish.  


Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum of Grade H3 in Irish and Grade H5 in another subject and a minimum of Grade 06/H7 in another four subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including English and another language

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


4 years

Next start date

September 2023

A Level Grades (2023)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

2 (More Info)

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

For the BA (Gaeilge agus Léann an Aistriúcháin), Irish, Léann an Aistriúcháin and one other subject are chosen in first year. Irish and Léann an Aistriúcháin are taken from second year onwards.

These are the modules available in each of the four years of the degree. (This does not include the modules of the third subject to be chosen in first year.) All modules are taught through Irish.


Léann an Aistriúcháin
• Gnéithe den Aistriúchán (Aspects of Translation)
• Bunscileanna Gramadaí (Fundamental Grammar Skills)
• Bunscileanna Aistriúcháin (Fundamental Translation Skills) Gaeilge
• Litríocht agus Cultúr na Linne (Contemporary Literature and Culture)
• An Teanga Bheo (The Living Language)


Léann an Aistriúcháin
• Aistriúchán Feidhmeach Téacsanna 1 (Applied Translation 1)
• Stair an Aistriúcháin in Éirinn (The History of Translation in Ireland)
• Gramadach agus Litriú na Gaeilge 1 (Irish Language Grammar and Spelling I)
• Aistriúchán Feidhmeach Téacsanna 2 (Applied Translation 2)
• Téarmeolaíocht (Terminology)
• Cruinneas agus Saibhriú Teanga (Linguistic Precision and Enrichment)

• Teanga na Nua-Ghaeilge I (Modern Irish Language I)
• An tSochtheangeolaíocht (Sociolinguistics)
• An Gearrscéal sa Ghaeilge (The Short Story in Irish)
• Teanga na Nua-Ghaeilge II (Modern Irish Language II)
• Téamaí i Nuafhilíocht na Gaeilge (Themes in Modern Irish Poetry)
• Modúl roghnach (rogha ar fáil) (elective module)


• BA (Gaeilge agus Léann an Aistriúcháin): Work placement (September to April)


Léann an Aistriúcháin
• Aistriúchán Feidhmeach Téacsanna 3 (Applied Translation 3)
• Gramadach agus Litriú na Gaeilge 2 (Irish Language Grammar and Spelling 2)
• Eagarthóireacht agus Léamh Profaí (Editing and Proofreading)
• Tionscadal Aistriúcháin (Translation Project)
• Gnó an Aistriúcháin/Fotheidealú (Translation as a Business/Subtitling)

• Teanga na Nua-Ghaeilge 3 (Modern Irish Language III)
• Filí agus Filíocht na Gaeilge 700–1900 (Irish Language Poets and Poetry 700–900)
• An Béaloideas agus An Scéalaíocht (Folklore and Storytelling)
• Teanga na Nua-Ghaeilge IV (Modern Irish Language IV) • Próslitríocht na Gaeilge (Irish Language Prose)
• Modúl roghnach (rogha ar fáil) (elective module)

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (45 Credits)

Year 2 (45 Credits)

Year 3 (45 Credits)

Year 4 (45 Credits)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are successful in finding jobs in various areas where language skills are important. We have strong links with the EU institutions and many of our graduates are now working in those organizations as well as in the Irish state sector. Other graduates are now utilizing the skills acquired on this degree in jobs in communication and education.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

A one-year work placement (September to April) is available with an organization or business operating through Irish. In recent years, these have included the Houses of the Oireachtas Service, An Taibhdhearc (National Irishlanguage Theatre), Gaillimh le Gaeilge, the European Commission (Brussels), and community organizations in the Gaeltacht.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,598 p.a. (€5,738 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a.2024/25

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€18,500 p.a. (€18,640 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140.  **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

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