Graduate Diploma in Localization (Graduate Diploma in Localization)

University College Dublin (Z363)
Key Programme Details

Graduate Diploma in Localisation

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Full Time

ECTS Credits



School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

General Information

Melanie Pape



01 716 8302


UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Newman Building
University College Dublin
Dublin 4


Graduate Administrator

Important Dates
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About this Course

Please note that it might take a bit longer until you receive a response to your application over the next three of weeks due to low staffing during the holiday period. We are inviting you to submit your application and all documents and will be trying to get back to you as soon as possible.

This full-time course develops your skill set for employment in the localization sector in Ireland and globally. It fosters an understanding of how intercultural, linguistic, sociocultural knowledge and investigation methods can be successfully engaged to design culturally and socially sensitive and appropriate products for different global markets. Students will learn about these and the localization industry both through engagement with academics and practitioners and hands-on, action oriented learning experiences.


Demonstrate awareness of the technical, socio-economic and ethical factors on localization.
Demonstrate the differences and similarities between localization and translation.
Demonstrate an understanding of the localization industry.
Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and phases of a localization project, including risk management and compliance with project specifications.
Demonstrate the ability to manage a localization project and to critically assess its development.
Demonstrate intercultural competences.
Demonstrate understanding of the importance of communication processes, teamwork and project planning processes.
Demonstrate how intercultural and socio-cultural factors affect people’s everyday life & the mediating role of language.
Demonstrate knowledge of methods for identifying and analysing pertinent socio-cultural and intercultural issues & the role of language.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) or equivalent professional qualification.
If you do not have the required documentation to hand, you may still begin your application to this course and upload these documents at a later point.

1. Applicants must satisfy Springboard's requirements to be eligible for funding

2. Applicants must satisfy UCD's requirements for entry to this postgraduate, level 9 course.
This means you must upload original, official transcripts or your degree parchment that demonstrate that you have a minimum of an honours degree, in any discipline (NFQ level 8 or equivalent) and you must upload an up-to-date CV.

2. Applicants must demonstrate a high language competence (C1/C2) in two languages normally by showing that they have completed a tertiary degree through them or by supplying results from internationally recognised proficiency tests. Derogations for minority languages for which such tests do not exist will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If you are applying under RPL, please review your CV to ensure that it includes the following:-
I. Experience of leadership and self-direction
II. Experience of management or entrepreneurship
III. A description of eg. employee, budget and client responsibilities
IV. Two professional/employment references including name, role and email address.

Long Description

This course is designed for people who have an interest in interculturality and the way communication in the globalised world is heavily influenced by social and cultural knowledge. It fosters an understanding of how such knowledge can be actively applied to design culturally and socially appropriate products for different global markets. The programme relies on the creation of a hands-on, action-oriented learning experience that promotes strong employability. This course develops the skills and attributes you need to participate in a rapidly expanding industry in a rapidly changing world of work.

This course is delivered by experts in the field of intercultural communication, translation and language and society and by experienced practitioners in the rapidly diversifying and growing language industry.

This 60 ECTS course consists of six modules. In each module, you will explore specific themes through a variety of learning approaches including virtual and face-to-face classes, self-directed learning, reflective learning, group or individual student effort combined with an 8 to 12-week internship.

Why Choose This Course

The course provides you with detailed insights into the localization industry. It raises awareness of the structure and organisation of the industry, including the different fields and work practices, from people working in the industry. You receive practical training in how to plan, manage and best deliver on localization projects and how localization relates to and differs from translation. You are introduced to a range of skills and resources relevant for the localization industry and for planning your career in a globalised world.

They include but are not limited to managing projects, effective communication, teamwork, engaging with clients and raising your awareness about interculturality and the social and cultural aspects that affect communication. Invited speakers and professionals from the localization industry will intervene on a regular basis to share experience and expertise in specific subfields (gaming, website localization, etc.).

The course content challenges your current understanding of language, culture and interculturality and the support from academics and people working in the industry will help you to gain the skills needed to successfully work in the industry and beyond.

Career Opportunities

The aim of the course is to prepare students for a career in the growing and multifaceted localization industry in Ireland and abroad.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in localization go on to work for a wide range of smaller and larger companies in the IT, gaming and marketing sector both as self-employed and/or employees in various roles (Localisor, Project Manager, etc.).

Timetable Info

During 20/21 the course is delivered using a blended mode classes take place several days a week. Modules have been grouped together on 2 to 3 days maximum (For example, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Trimester 1 and Wednesdays and Thursdays in Trimester 2) to allow for maximum flexibility and large working ranges for specific project-oriented activities.

As the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions.

Delivery Location

This course is delivered using a blended method. Modules will be delivered face-to-face and virtually. Students will also be doing work using UCD's virtual learning platform and other tools for collaboration online.

Delivery Notes

There will be approximately 6-10 hours a week of class time plus an average of 20/25 hours of student effort outside class, to include self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work.

Students will need internet access, a laptop, desktop or tablet for this course. Mobile phones will not suffice.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Melanie Pape


UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Newman Building
University College Dublin
Dublin 4


01 716 8302


RPL Information

UCD Recognition of Prior Learning Policy -

Application Procedures

1. Complete all fields in your Springboard online application
2. Upload your up-to-date CV.
3. Upload proof of status as stated in Springboard Eligibility Guidelines.
4. Upload your Letter of Motivation. For this, you should consider why you want to do this course at this time, why you are applying and what you hope to achieve.
5. Upload your parchment or transcripts for a minimum of an Honours Bachelor's Degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent). If you previously studied at UCD, please provide your UCD student number in place of parchment or transcripts. If you do not have an honours degree, we will look for 5+ years of relevant work experience on your CV and employer references as per RPL guidelines below.
6. Applicants should show evidence of native or near-native proficiency in at least one language and a minimum level of B2/C1 (preferably higher) in another language.

C1 (as a minimum) or preferably higher (native or near-native) level knowledge in two languages.

Linguistic proficiency can be demonstrated through a third level degree completed through the concerned languages or through certification delivered by an internationally recognised language test/qualification.

Competence in English should be minimally at IELTs 6.5 across all fields even if it is not one of the languages selected for localization. Derogations for minority language for which such tests do not exist will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

7. Employed applicants should upload their passport or GNIB with Stamp 4 visa dated 3 years before the course start date.

The deadline for applications is subject to change and is at the discretion of the School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics. Places will be offered to eligible, successful applicants on a rolling basis until the course is full as eligible applicants complete their applications and upload their correct documentation. If you don’t have all the required documentation to hand now, we would encourage you to begin your application and upload these at a later point before the deadline.

As part of Springboard requirements, we must prioritise unemployed/formerly self-employed and returner applicants ahead of employed applicants. This means that applicants who are employed will be offered places in the week before the course starts and only if places are available.