Students on this course will receive intensive tuition in Irish and Spanish. You may also chose from a wide range of modules relating to Irish culture and society such as film-making, the short story, poetry, Gaelic identity, mythology and Scottish Gaelic, as well as a wide variety of literary, historical, social, cultural and linguistic aspects of Spanish-speaking countries across the globe. The degree takes four years to complete (which includes the study abroad year).
Irish and Spanish Degree highlights
Queen's is the top ranked Irish programme and Iberian Languages was ranked 5th in the UK by the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
- After stage 2, you will spend an academic year working or studying in a Spanish-speaking country. Students have the possibility of acquiring valuable professional experience by teaching in a school, undertaking a work placement, or doing voluntary work; they may also elect to study at a Spanish university
- We have former students in senior positions in most Irish language sectors and we maintain good links with media production companies, the translation sector and language promotion agencies
World Class Facilities
- Queen's has an excellent library for Irish materials and an outstanding collection of resources relating to Ireland and Spain and Latin America.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Queen's has world-leading experts in the history of the Irish language and literature and in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. Languages research at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in REF 2014 for Research Intensity.
- Students run a lively Cumann Gaelach and a Spanish and Portuguese Society. Staff offer excellent support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme and a structured framework for feedback.
Maol��osa McGarry (Level Three)
Studying on this pathway will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, particularly in a world where critical thinking, cross-cultural awareness and communication skills are at a premium.
Typical careers include teacher, language development officer, translator, manager, TV presenter, producer, writer and researcher. Graduates may also enter careers in business, management consultancy, law, and banking.
88% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Starting salaries may be in the region of £21,800. A Higher Education Funding Council report for 2008 showed that 3.5 years after graduation, languages students have the fourth highest mean salary (after graduates in Medicine, Pharmacy and Architecture)..
Employment after the Course
Former graduates in Irish and Spanish have gone on to work as teachers and translators. Graduates may also enter careers in business, management consultancy, media and communications, advertising, journalism, and tourism. They are particularly in demand in careers requiring a high level of communication and presentation skills, as well as strong critical and analytical thinking.
Queen's has strong links with a number of employers including the Department for Communities, the BBC, Irish Language Broadcast Fund and other media companies, and employers are routinely invited to address the Irish students. Many of our students work in primary and secondary schools as classroom assistants and language assistants while studying for their degree. Other opportunities to gain employment experience are provided by media companies located in the area and theatre and community groups in Belfast
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
Students receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral in Irish and Spanish.
The Donohoe prize is awarded for the highest mark in the Irish oral examination in Level Two
The Emrys Evans Book prize is awarded at Levels One and Two for the best performance in the written Irish language examination
The O'Rawe Prize for Academic Progress recognises the achievements of the student at level 2 who has demonstrated the most significant academic improvement.
The Xavier Giralt Prize will be awarded each year to one or more Final Year candidates in Spanish language whose exceptional academic performance merits recognition.
There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students in Irish and Spanish. In addition to Foundation Scholarships recognizing outstanding achievement in Level One, we have a range of endowed prizes.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.