Postgraduate Certificate Computer-Assisted Language Mediation

Course content

The CALM postgraduate programme prepares students for a career in the language, translation and communication industry. Translation memory systems, terminology and data mining tools, speech recognition and machine translation are omnipresent in today’s professional translation environments. Language and communication professionals increasingly rely on workflow and content management systems, authoring tools and desktop publishing software. Creating web pages and maintaining social media channels have become part of their fundamental skill set. As technology in learning and teaching becomes standard, language learning is supported by digital resources and communication technology applications.

The CALM postgraduate course focuses on the technological skills and tools that are required in today’s information society. It thus complements language and communication degrees such as Masters in Translation, Interpreting, Multilingual Communication, Languages and Literature, Journalism Studies, Communication Studies etc.

A close collaboration with companies is an integral part of the programme. Students get the opportunity to have a real-world connection by attending the guest lectures given by a number of strategic collaborative partners. In the three-month work placement students gain relevant work experience and can put the acquired technological skills into practice.

Course structure

The CALM postgraduate course is a one-year academic programme consisting of 60 credits. Students select 8 modules (of 5 credits each) out of 14 modules offered, depending on their interests. The modules are complemented by a 3-month work placement with a company in the language, translation or communication industry.

All courses are taught in English. Students should therefore be proficient in English. Knowledge of at least one of the three source languages (Dutch, French or German) is also required.

All modules are taught in the first three quarters of the academic year, followed by the work placement.

Students who prefer not to enrol for the entire postgraduate can compose their own programme with one or more modules. Only students who have taken up 30 credits or more will be considered for the work placement.

Career perspectives

CALM is labour market oriented and is designed for master’s degree holders who are interested in a career in the language, translation and communication industry. Students who complete the postgraduate course will have ample job opportunities as technical writers, language engineers, terminologists, project managers, e-learning developers, social media conversation managers etc.

CALM also addresses language professionals who wish to refresh and update their technological skills.