Postgraduate Courses \ LM632 MSc in Multilingual Computing and Localisation


The University of Limerick launched its current Graduate Diploma / Master of Science in Software Localisation in 1997. At the time, it was the first programme of its kind world-wide. Having consulted with experts representing national agencies, the industry and academia, this new programme represents the state-of-the-art in postgraduate third level education. Its content reflects the changing needs of the industry and that of the students.

The programme will maintain and develop Ireland's and UL's leadership in the area of localisation.

Software localisation, indeed, is arguably the only industry in which the rest of the world looks to Ireland for leadership and new concepts.
(John Sterne, Adventures in Code, The Story of the Irish Software Industry, Liffey Press, 2004, p.108.)

The University of Limerick has been highly recommended as the premier academic institution that teaches the best minds in the localisation/internationalisation business.
(Senior Analyst Cyndy Cartwright at premier US Head-hunting Agency Korn/Ferry International, May 2006.)

The Mecca of Localisation.
(Professor Kenneth Keniston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), at LRC-X, 14 September 2005, speaking about Ireland and the Localisation Research Centre (LRC), University of Limerick.)

Just a quick e-mail to say thank you for a great course. You have provided me with some very useful knowledge, particularly in the area of localisation and translation workflow, the use of project management and localisation tools, localisable versus non-localisable file formats etc. These skills are essential for my new role as project manager, and I profit from them every day.
(Testimonial from course participant, July 2006.)

Since the original Graduate Diploma/MSc was first offered, the localisation and internationalisation industry has changed significantly. This new programme takes into account these changes. It was developed in consultation with a large panel of academic and industry experts.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, graduates should be able to:

1. Describe the requirements for and understanding of technical issues in relation to world-ready digital content/software involving different frameworks.

2. Identify the components of systems design, specifically those that are relevant from an internationalisation and localisation perspective.

3. Describe state-of-the-art localisation strategies, standards, tools and technologies.

4. Identify the management processes by which the development of computer-based information systems are managed, and the considerations needed for successful implementation of such systems, with a focus on localisation.

5. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how internationalisation can move localisation up the value chain.

6. Develop a solid foundation in computer programming.

7. Relate the organisation of a localisation process: evaluation, translation/adaptation, testing and engineering; the cascading supply chain: project management, quality assurance, procurement, file handling; content management and global content management systems; web services and translation web services; localisation of proprietary and open source digital content; the localisation factory and the role of standards.

8. Display an appreciation of language engineering fundaments, including grammar, automata and regular expressions, as well as scripting languages, document architecture and markup, and basic linguistic concepts (POS).

9. Display an appreciation of the processes underlying Language Engineering focusing on translation automation and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between Language Engineering and Software Localisation.

10. Show internationalisation strategies assisting the design and development of world-ready software and internationalisation principles assisting localisation requirements to move up the value chain; this includes testing for internationalisation.

11. Embrace localisation engineering strategies as a means for the successful completion of localisation projects.

12. Justify the introduction of adequate quality assurance, quality control and testing strategies into the localisation process.

13. Embrace the nature of research and the reasons for research investigations, including searching the literature, and will lead to an understanding of the methods employed in software internationalisation and localisation research.

14. Critique the current approaches to localisation considering economic, social, political and cultural factors.

15. Critique existing and future translation tools and technologies relevant to localisation, covering both enterprise and consumer localisation, as well as cultural aspects.

16. Predict key developments in localisation examining in detail one or a number of specific aspects and providing well-researched conceptual or working models of these developments, such as crowdsourcing, the wikifization of localisation, collaborative localisation platforms and the need for "localisation for all".

17. Predict future developments in localisation technology.

Entrance Requirements

Primary undergraduate degree (level 8, 2.2 honours or higher).
Other third level qualification with relevant experience (with interview).

Recognition of prior learning in lieu of the formal entry qualifications will be at the discretion of the Programme Course Committee.

Internship/Study Abroad

Students will be offered the possibility of an internship (if available), following the completion of the taught part of the MSc programme. Internships are expected to be for 6-12 months.

Study abroad
Students will be encouraged to study abroad with one of UL's partner universities (Memoranda of Understanding, MoU) to develop teaching/research in localisation/internationalisation. MoUs are currently in place with universities in Africa, South America and Malaysia). This study period abroad should take place after the completion of the taught part of the MSc programme. Students can also study for a longer period with a foreign university that has established an MoU with UL/LRC and successfully complete relevant modules there. They can then apply to the course coordinator to have these modules recognised instead of the corresponding UL modules; they will then just have to complete the outstanding modules at UL. 

Students who do not complete the taught part of the MSc programme with an overall grade equivalent to 2.2 honours, will not be allowed to complete their dissertation but will be offered a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Computing and Localisation instead. Students who do not complete their dissertation within 12 months following the completion of the taught part of the MSc programme will not be allowed to continue and will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Computing and Localisation.


This programme will be funded under the Postgraduate Skills Initiative in the Academic Year of 2009/10.  For EU students this means significantly reduced fees (in 2008-09, fees under this initiative were €1,750). Non-EU tuition fees in the Academic Year of 2008/09 for a similar type programme were €13,243.

How to Apply

EU applicants: Please download and complete the taught postgraduate application form.  A completed application form along with the relevant supporting documentation should be returned to the
Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Graduate School,
Foundation Building,
University of Limerick,

Non EU Applicants should apply directly to the
International Education Division, University of Limerick, Limerick
Telephone: +353-61-202414
Fax: +353-61-213062
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Course Director: Mr. Reinhard Schäler
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