Filling the gap between Academia and Industry: How to get the relevant skills for jobs in technical writing and localisation

May 2019

The Master in Technical Communication and Localization (TCLoc ) has been created in response to the high demand for localization experts and technical writers worldwide. It combines part-time online learning with a career-oriented course which aims to help fill the skills gap in the international technical communication market.

Program background

The TCLoc master’s degree offered by the University of Strasbourg in France is a 12 to 17 months part-time distance learning program. It is designed for working professionals who plan to:

✓ Enhance their skills in technical communication and localisation

✓ Learn the industry’s latest tools to work on ever-changing digital projects

✓ Formalise their years of experience in the industry

✓ Switch careers and enter the industry through a solid and up-to-date education

Program structure

The program consists of nine teaching units and a total of 415 teaching hours. Students who complete the program are awarded a university degree and an industry certification:

✓ Master’s degree in Technical Communication and Localisation at level 7 of the EQF

✓ “Technical Communicator” Certificate by tekom, Europe’s largest association of technical communication, who also offers training in Technical Writing with a program called TCTrainNet.

Learning experience

The program is taught entirely in English by experts in their respective fields, such as project management, visual communication, localization, technical communication and web technologies. For example, this year’s instructors include top notch experts such as Professor Uta Seewald Heeg from Germany for the course “Introduction to Software Localization” and Shelly Davies for the course “Plain language” from New Zealand. The e-learning nature of the course is ideal for those who already work to study part-time.

Our students

The program welcomes students with different professional backgrounds from all over the world, including New Zealand and Australia every year. Technical writers, translators, project managers, IT professionals and much more, they all chose TCLoc to improve themselves in technical communication and localization.

If you want to know more about this program, meet current students at the TechCommNZ Conference 2019 or get in touch with the program coordinator . Admissions for the next intake in July 2019 are open.