GradDip Localisation

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

This full-time programme develops your skill set for employment in the fast developing localisation sector in Ireland and globally. It fosters an understanding of how intercultural, linguistic, sociocultural and technical knowledge and linguistic investigation methods can be successfully engaged to design culturally and socially sensitive and appropriate products for different global markets. Students learn about localisation processes and profiles through engagement with academics, practitioners, learning resources and hands-on exercises and learning (internship).

The course is suitable for people who have an interest in communication processes in the globalised world, a high linguistics and cultural proficiency in  two or more languages and good technical skills (or an interest in acquiring them) for employment in the modern language industry. The programme  fosters an understanding of how language, culture and technical skills interact to design high specification products. The programme is designed as a hands-on learning experience that  promotes employability.

This 60 ECTS programme runs over 3 Trimesters and consists of eight 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 and individual student effort. You will also complete a compulsory 8 to 12-week internship. The UCD Careers office will support your career planning and the sourcing of internship placement based on established networks within the industry. However, finding a suitable internship is ultimately your own responsibility. 

The aim of the course is to prepare you for a career in the growing and multifaceted localisation industry in Ireland and abroad. You will go on to work for smaller or larger companies in the field both as self-employed and/or employees in various roles ranging from project management to junior/senior localisors.

Careers & Employability

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.).

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The programme provides you with insights into the localisation industry. It raises awareness of the structure and organisation of the industry, including the different fields, work practices and required skills, from academics and people working in the industry. You receive practical training in how to plan, manage and deliver on localisation projects and how localisation relates to and differs from translation. You are introduced to a range of skills, resources and profiles within the localisation industry and how to plan for a career in this industry. 

The skills 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, using CAT tools, understanding User Interfaces (UI) of apps, websites etc. Invited speakers and professionals from the localisation industry will  share their experience and expertise within the different areas of this expanding industry. This will give you valuable insight into career opportunities.

The content will challenge common understandings of language, culture, interculturality, localisation, project management, translation and the support from academics and people working in the industry will help you gain the skills needed to successfully work in the industry and related areas.

  • awareness of the technical, socio-economic and ethical factors on localisation

  • demonstrate the differences and similarities between localisation and translation

  • develop an understanding of the localisation industry

  • gain knowledge of the structure and phases of a localisation process, including risk management and compliance with project specifications

  • develop the ability to manage a localisation project and to critically assess its development

  • demonstrate intercultural competences

  • acquire technical skills for localisation of websites, apps etc. in different fields

  • develop an understanding of the importance of communication processes, teamwork and project planning processes

View All Modules Here


  • Intercultural Communication

  • Corpus Linguistics

  • Translation

  • Sociolinguistics

  • Digital Storytelling

  • Localisation 

  • Project Management for Localisation

  • Internship in Localisation

GradDip Localisation (Z363) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6670
nonEU    fee per year - € 14350

***Fees are subject to change

  • undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) or equivalent professional qualification 
  • 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)
  • up-to-date CV
  • letter of motivation
  • two academic references
  • confirmation of language competence*

*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. Please go here to see official UCD minimum English language requirements.

I'm a musicology graduate and I decided to study localization in order to change my career path and seek new opportunities. I've always been passionate about cultures and languages. My academic journey along with all the modules was a great introduction to the industry. I found the programme well balanced as it incorporated enhancing soft skills (Intercultural Communication), studying selected sub-fields of linguistics (Corpus Linguistics, Sociolinguistics), independent research and, finally, hands-on experience with localization tools (Localization and Project Management Workshops followed by the Internship). One of my main discoveries was that technology plays an extremely important role here and being tech-savvy is definitely an asset if considering career in this field. During the course I learnt how localization processes look like both from the translator's and project manager's perspective and I could apply that knowledge later as an intern. Working for a leading language service provider has made me realize how dynamic and ever-evolving the whole localization world is! (Dominika Lasek, 2021)

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Localisation FT (Z363)
9 Months
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised