Postgraduate Courses \ LM632 MSc in Multilingual Computing and Localisation


This programme was prepared in consultation with a large panel of academic and industry experts, and takes in account the changes in localisation and internationalisation practice.  It caters for new and emerging requirements with a focus on high-quality research output.  In addition, while it is centred around the technical aspects of localisation, it recognises the need for localisation professionals to have a good understanding of international business organisation.
This programme puts a particular emphasis on:
Internationalisation requirements and their implementation.
The critical analysis and research of translation technologies.
The automation of the localisation process in what has been called the Localisation Factory.
Business organisation and international business practices.
Teaching the best minds in the localisation/internationalisation business.
Providing individuals interested in acquiring postgraduate academic qualifications in the areas of localisation and internationalisation with an easily accessible programme to do so, in close cooperation with industrial partners.
Guiding and support students conducting independent postgraduate research in technical aspects of localisation/internationalisation taking into account the relevant business processes.
Preparing students for further PhD studies.

Programme Outcomes

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

Knowledge - Breadth & Kind:

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.

Know-how and Skill - range and selectivity:

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

2. Develop a solid foundation in computer programming.

Competence - context and role:
1. 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.

2. 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).

3. 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.

4. 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.

Competence - learning to learn:
1. Embrace localisation engineering strategies as a means for the successful completion of localisation projects.

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

3. 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.

Competence - insight:
1. Critique the current approaches to localisation considering economic, social, political and cultural factors.

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

3. 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".

4. Predict future developments in localisation technology.

Entrance Requirements

Primary Degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) and Graduate Diploma in Localisation Technology (2.2 honours).
Primary Degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in Computing or related discipline (2.2 honours) or Language Technology or related discipline (2.2 honours).
Primary Degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) 2.2 honours) with interview and industry experience: work experience in localisation or 2-month internship with a  localisation company.

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


* A grade of C3 or higher in the dissertation is obligatory for the successful completion of the MSc.


EU-students undertaking this programme on a full-time basis in the Academic Year (AY) 2015/6 are funded under the Postgraduate Skills Initiative.  This means the fees for full-time EU-students in AY2015/6 will be €3,000.

Fees for non-EU students undertaking this programme on a full-time basis in AY2015/6 will be €12,500.

In AY2015/6, fees for EU-students undertaking this programme on a part-time basis will be €3,000 while those for non-EU students undertaking this programme on a part-time basis will be €12,500.

How to Apply

You must apply on-line.  If you are unable to submit supporting documentation on-line please forward it to the
Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Graduate School,
Foundation Building,
University of Limerick,


Course Director:    Dr Jim Buckley
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