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Entry Requirements:

  • A minimum 2.1 honours class degree from an Irish university or its international equivalent.
  • A demonstrable working knowledge of two or more languages
  • For candidates who are not native English speakers and have not completed a degree through the medium of English, a minimum IELTS score of at least 6.5 in each category or its equivalent.

Application and next steps:

You may apply at any point between the applications being opened in the autumn, and the closing date of 31st July. However, the course is popular, and applications are handled on a first-come first-served basis. So, you are strongly advised to apply early in order to avoid disappointment.
We do our best to provide applicants with an answer within 3 weeks of receiving their full applications. Partial applications that are missing any of the materials listed below cannot be considered until they are completed.

Before making your application, please contact us to check that your working languages can be accommodated.

Required materials

For this course, you will need to prepare these materials to apply:

Stage 1 Document

The Stage 1 Document is available here. It includes sections on the languages you intend to work with, a personal statement, and a sample translation. Please complete it in full.

When we assess your application, we would like to know:

  • that you are able to pick up on and reproduce the idiosyncrasies of a literary text in another language
  • that you have a broad lexical resource
  • that you can create a translation with a high degree of cohesion
  • that you can understand and use a large number of grammatical structures accurately
  • what experience, understanding and skills you can bring to the programme
  • why you would like to study literary translation at the postgraduate level
  • why you would like to study literary translation at Trinity
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • what you would like to do with your degree

The personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme delivers.

Sample of academic writing

You will require a sample of around 2,500 words of your best academic writing in English.
When we assess your application, we would like to know:

  • that you are able to build an academic argument
  • that you are able to create a logical structure to your argument
  • that you can critically analyse others' options and the evidence you see
  • that you have a good understanding of the apparatus of academic writing, including referencing, quoting, signposting, and using a bibliography
  • that your command of academic English is strong

English language qualifications

Unless you have completed a degree through the medium of English or are a native speaker, you are required to prove your proficiency with the language.
Trinity prefers IELTS, but will accept alternative tests run by international organisations, such as TOEFL (please see table below for further details).

Degree certificate(s)

You will require the certificates that prove you have completed all of the degrees you mention in your application. If you haven’t yet completed your degree, you can still apply and supply these when you have them.

Degree transcripts

You will need official transcripts showing all of the components you have completed as part of your degree(s).

Two reference letters

You should ask two people who are not related to you to write letters of reference, recommending you for this course and laying out why you would be a good candidate.

Online application form

Once you have all of these materials, please fill out the online application form in full and upload the materials as attachments.

 

International degree equivalents

A 2.1 honours class degree from an Irish university or its international equivalent is the minimum qualification required for admittance on this course. This table provides some international equivalents to a 2.1 honours degree. The table is drawn from data provided by Quality Qualifications Ireland. It is provided only as a frame of reference. It is your responsibility to verify that your degree corresponds to at least the minimum required by the course:

 

Irish
Australian
Maltese
Nigerian
South African
UK

2.1 honours

GPA 4

3.2

Belgian
Portuguese

14

Croatian
Hungarian

4

GPA 5

3.5

GPA 7

5

Bulgarian

4.5

Cypriote
Icelandic
Latvian
Slovenian

7.5

GPA 9

5

Canadian

73%

GPA 10

7

Chinese

80

Austrian

2.9

Cypriote

3.50

Czech
Slovakian

1.5

Estonian

3.5

Italian

94

New Zealander
Norwegian

B

Finnish (1-3)

2

Lichtensteiner

5.5

Danish
Greek
Spanish

7

Finnish (1-5)

3.25

Lithuanian
Romanian
Mexican

8

Polish

4.21

French

13

Swedish

90/120

German

2.30

Swiss

5

Dutch

6.5

Indian

60%

Luxembourger

16

 

 

 

English language proficiency

All candidates who are not native English speakers and have not completed a degree through the medium of English are required to prove their proficiency with the language. Trinity prefers IELTS, but will accept alternative tests provided by international organisations, such as TOEFL. This table provides the minimum score for IELTS and some alternatives:

 

IELTS

Grade 6.5 (No less than 6.5 in any section)

TOEFL

iBT = 88

Computer based = 230

Paper based = 570

University of Cambridge

180+ with no less than 175 in each skill

Proficiency Certificate

Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

Advanced Certificate

Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

First Certificate

Grade A (CEFR Level C1)

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

A minimum score of 63 (no less than 59 for any section)