Translation - MA

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Why study this course?

As a member of CIUTI, the world's oldest and most prestigious international association of university institutes with translation programmes, we've designed this vocational course to enable the start or advancement of a career in translation. You'll have the opportunity to study specialist translation areas including law, politics, medicine, business, IT, media, subtitling and localisation. The programme is accredited through its main translation project by the Chartered Institute of Linguistics (CIOL) and includes work placement opportunities to give you a head start in your career.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

The Translation MA degree is a member of the Conférence Internationale Permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI), an international association of universities and institutes with translation and interpretation programmes. The course has been specifically designed to enable the start or advancement of a career in translation. The course is open to qualified graduates and translators seeking a professional qualification in specialised translation to enhance their career.

This course offers a wide range of language combinations paired with English, such as Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The need for qualified translators able to relay complex, specialised material has never been greater. This programme will equip you with all the skills needed to have a successful career in the translation industry. This master's degree has a vocational emphasis on specialist translation, focusing on areas such as law, politics, medicine, business, IT, media, subtitling and website and software localisation, as well as the translation of institutional documents.

You'll have the opportunity to translate using the following languages paired with English (translating into mother language): Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

A substantial built-in part of the course is the work placement, which is an opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience with one of the many translation service providers in the UK and, whenever possible, with the United Nations and the European Union. These placements may lead to longer-term work opportunities for our graduates.

The University has strong links in the translaton industry, on this course you'll experience an annual visit to the EU Commission's Directorate General for Translation in Brussels. As well as the work placement, and trip to Brussels, you'll also listen to guest speakers who have a wealth of expeirence in translating.

Translation technology software used in our courses include:


You'll be assessed through translations, commentaries, essays, portfolios, work placement report and the MA dissertation.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a first degree at 2:1 or above in translation, interpreting, modern languages or a related field (applications from candidates with a second class degree or from non-language-based disciplines will be considered but an entry test may be required, applicants with substantial work experience in translation but no first degree will also be considered)
  • native knowledge of a mother language
  • near-native proficiency in the first foreign language
  • good command of the second foreign language (if applicable)

The following documents are also required to support the application:

  • two references, one of which must be an academic reference
  • a first degree certificate and mark transcript

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module focuses on the characteristics of specialised language and translation in general and as applied to the six specialist fields. It aims to develop further students' knowledge of the specialised fields as well as develop their textual analysis and field specific research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    This module involves critical reflection, research and academic writing, linking translation practice to theoretical notions drawn from the field of translation studies and related areas. The module also offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and awareness of current theoretical and methodological issues in the discipline.
    Students produce an 8,000 – 10,000-word research project, which should communicate and evaluate the investigations undertaken in a clear, creative and scholarly manner. The module runs with co-requisite TR7P78 (Independent Translation Project).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Monday

    This module is the last of the translation projects and involves a longer translation and an extended pre- translation and post translation analysis. It offers students training in the translation of longer and more specialised texts, enabling them to put the acquired translation knowledge and skills and the feedback received so far into practice. The project also provides students with an opportunity to use the analytical skills and knowledge of translation theory gained in a ‘Theoretical Issues in Translation’ to reflect critically on translation issues through the research and the analysis of the translation process, the strategies followed in the translation and the critical discussion of the problems encountered and the solutions used to solve them. This module enables the students to further develop their theoretical knowledge of translation and extend their understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in the discipline

    The module runs in the autumn semester (for PT students in 2nd year) and in the spring semester (for FT students) and is a co-requisite of the Independent Research Project, TR7P79.

    Student work that meets the required standards will be accredited by the Institute of Linguists (IoL), a renowned translation professional body. This accreditation will exempt students who decide to sit the IoL (Institute of Linguists) Diploma in Translation exam from one of the three papers.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday

    This module provides students with an opportunity to translate specialised texts in different domains of low level of specialisation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    The module aims to introduce students to fundamental translation concepts and foster their awareness and understanding of the translation process in the light of relevant theoretical work. It also aims to cultivate the students’ ability to examine the translational act and use the knowledge acquired to reflect on the decision and choices made by the translator at different stages of the translation process. This module is closely related to the other modules as it deals with fundamental translational issues and provides knowledge essential to both theoretical and practical components of the course.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday

    This module concentrates on translation environment tools (TEnTs) the translator is likely to use in practice. It introduces students to resources on the Internet and concentrates on their evaluation, as well as on the use of proprietary software for professional terminology management, both as standalone tools and as integrated in TEnTs.
    Semester: Autumn for full-time cohort; Spring year 1 for Part-time cohort.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday
    • autumn semester - Tuesday

    This is a core module offered to FT and 2nd-year PT students. It offers and introduction to real-life translation situations in the settings of a translation service provider (TSP). Students may take their placement in the UK or abroad where the university has a wide range of contacts.
    Teaching period: Autumn (FT students) and Spring (PT students).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday

    The module focuses on one particular audiovisual translation mode: Subtitling. Students are introduced to the main translation-related issues peculiar to subtitling, including methods of dealing with linguistic and non-linguistic elements within the audiovisual text, and taught the basic, transferable practical skills necessary to develop further experience in a professional subtitling environment. Theoretical and example-based instructions in the basic principles of the various issues will be coupled with practical and technically-oriented exercises relating to these principles.
    Although there are no official pre-requisites, students are advised to be IT literate in order to confidently take this module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday

    This is an elective module, which focuses on translating texts induced in institutional contexts. Based on two main international institutions, UN and EU, the module consists of both theoretical part, delivered in a classroom-based mode and practical part, which consists of students working and liaising with their language-specific tutors remotely. The module looks at specificity of texts authored by the institutions in question and provides students with an opportunity to utilise institutional resources (available online) to create target texts complying with institutional standards.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday

    This is a designate module, offered to FT students and 2nd-year PT students.

    The module will have a dual aim: to provide students with an awareness of translational issues peculiar to localisation, and to give them the basic practical skills necessary to develop further experience in a professional localisation environment. Students will gain an insight into the workings of the localisation industry and an understanding of the individual stages involved in the overall localisation process. Students will receive practical training in the use of translation environment tools (TEnTs) and other programs used by localisation professionals.

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Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

What our students say

You can hear directly from our students in several videos posted to the University's YouTube channel - there Helen McFarlane, Johannes Geluk, Amira Benbetka and Patricia Varela Ferreira give their thoughts on the course.

"The MA provided me with the degree required to become a fully qualified translator, enabling a welcome career change. The classes were well structured and their content covered a broad spectrum of subjects covering all aspects of translation, both from a theoretical and practical point of view. Teachers were very dedicated, available, flexible, supportive and very knowledgeable."
Claire Sjaarda, graduate

"What makes our MA Translation course at London Metropolitan University is the University’s approach to teaching. We, as students, are not only subject to theory but we are also exposed to the tough reality of employment, especially at our Placement Module.
It is meticulously put together by our tutor, Maite Gonzalez, and she does not leave any aspects of future employment unexplained. The Placement guidance itself is clear and easy to follow, however Maite goes further and invites in industry representatives who give us an honest (sometimes harsh!) and practical insight into the industry. Extremely useful, interesting and inspiring speakers and ... highly recommended!"

Albina Homer

"Highlights throughout the year included talks by translation professionals, a trip to the DGT in Brussels where we met some of the EU Commission’s in-house translators and the work placement model which provided the chance to gain professional experience."
Matthew Lye, graduate

After the course

This course will prepare you for roles in translation agencies, EU and international institutions, multinational companies, news corporations or government bodies.

Graduates of this course have become freelance translators or language teachers at secondary school level. Some graduates also go on to further advanced study with a PhD.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

For further details contact the course leader:

Dr Nadia Rahab
Tel: +44 (0)20 7320 1041

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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