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Course Title
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applied Language and Translation Studies

BA in Applied Language and Translation Studies

  • CAO CodeDC155
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Min Points 2017 380
  • Duration 3* or 4 Years

Through the Applied Language and Translation Studies  degree you’ll explore the principles behind language, culture, translation and intercultural communication. You’ll develop your knowledge of different cultures, linguistics, and translation, and enhance your language skills in French, Chinese, German, Japanese and/or Spanish.

The programme offers an opportunity to study languages in combinations not available anywhere else in Ireland (e.g. Japanese and German; Chinese and French), giving you an even broader appeal to potential employers.

Duration: 3* or 4 Years

Apply and test your skills in the real world when you spend your Third Year* studying at one of our partner universities, experiencing the culture of another country, honing your oral language skills and undertaking a significant body of work in the local language. This is an excellent opportunity to experience another society at first hand. After you complete the year abroad, you’ll return to DCU for your final year.


* Students need to fulfil criteria in order to participate in the year-long study abroad programme.

Why do this course?

  • Allows you to reach a high level of proficiency in more than one language
  • Helps you to acquire technical skills through work with multimedia texts and a variety of translators’ software applications
  • Offers unusual language combinations, as well as more traditional ones
  • Introduces you to a broad range of subjects in Language Studies and Translation Studies
  • Includes a year abroad at a partner university
  • Fits national and international employer needs for graduates with high-level language, translation and intercultural skills.

Student Voice

I really believe that the attention to detail, approachability and support of the lecturers in DCU is second to none and that this programme is an excellent preparation for working life.

Colm Caffrey, Graduate, Japanese/German

Graduate View

Philippa describes her life as an Applied Language and Translation Studies student at DCU School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies.

About the course

You’ll select from language choices in French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, as well as foundation modules in linguistics, translation and intercultural studies. You’ll take either two intermediate languages, or one intermediate and one beginner level language. Chinese and Japanese are offered at beginner level only; French is offered at intermediate level only; German and Spanish can be taken at either intermediate or beginner levels.

Year Three is spent studying at one of our partner universities abroad and provides an opportunity to experience the culture of another country and greatly enhance your oral language skills. The year’s study includes a significant body of work taken in the target language.

In your final year, you’ll conduct independent research for your dissertation, and take advanced courses in language and translation.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


  • International affairs
  • Policy evaluation
  • Research

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Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 in French or German or Spanish*

GCE A Level

 In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply


GCE A Level C French or German or Spanish

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

No Entry Path

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

A minimum of 10 students is required for Chinese.