Translation - MA

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Why study this course?

Our Translation MA is a high-quality postgraduate programme designed to help you start or advance a career in translation. It aims to meet academic and professional standards as well as market demands of the translation industry, through a balanced and well-structured curriculum. 

Our Translation MA is also a member of the Conférence Internationale Permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI), the world's oldest and most prestigious international association of universities and institutes with translation and interpretation programmes.

You will also benefit from access to traineeships at the Directorate-General for Translation (European Commission).

More about this course

This Master's degree has a vocational emphasis on specialist translation, focusing on areas such as law, politics, medicine, business, IT and media. You will also learn to translate different types of institutional documents (UN and EU), as well as use dedicated software to subtitle films and localise websites and software.

A substantial built-in part of this course is the compulsory practical and career enhancing work placement module, which offers an opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience with one of the many translation service providers in the UK and, whenever possible, with institutions of the European Union and the United Nations. The lecturer in charge of the module will provide information on work placement opportunities and  guidance on completing the required application processes and will support you throughout in obtaining suitable opportunities.

As a student of the programme you will have the opportunity to translate using the following languages paired with English: Arabic, Mandarin, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You must be fluent in English and be fluent or proficient in your other chosen language. 

We have strong links in the translation industry that allow us to share best practice in translation and teaching. This offers an excellent learning experience for our students and allows for additional learning opportunities, such as our annual visit to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation in Brussels. You will also learn from invited guest speakers from the translation industry who have a wealth of experience in translation, providing you with insights in the work of translators in various fields. 

Translation technology software use on our courses includes:

Assessment

You'll be assessed through translations, commentaries, essays, translation projects, portfolios, a work placement report and a dissertation.

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited through its Independent Translation Project module by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) an internationally recognised professional body. The accreditation offers successful students exemption from one of the three units of the exam leading to the Institute’s own Diploma of Translation (DipTrans).

Fees and key information

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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

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 will be required. Applicants with substantial work experience in translation but no first degree will also be considered)
  • native knowledge of the native language, English 
  • 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

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 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 evening

    This module is designed to introduce students to the main features of specialised texts. This involves the analysis of the characteristics of specialised language in general, and as applied to the six specialised fields such as Advertising, Business, IT, Medicine, Law and Politics.

    You will analyse semi specialised texts and carry out research of the potential resources out there to help you started with all that text analysis has to offer. Thus, you will further develop your texts analysis skills and knowledge of the fields, including their linguistic, technical and sociocultural features.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative

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

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

    An innovative module combining work-based learning and research in the professional environment. You will be introduced to real-life translation situations and undertake a short period of professional activity either: work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering as a translator or a professional/employer led project.

    The module aims to enable you to express and understand your current skills and abilities in relation to your career values and goals. You will also apply the knowledge gained through the course programme to inclusive and diverse work-related environments. In addition, you will have the opportunity to recognise your personal and professional development through your work-based practice and how to apply the experience and knowledge gained to your future goals.

    Furthermore, there will be opportunities for research the translator’s professional environment and increase your network and establish links with potential employers. There will also be opportunities for experiential learning.
    The module is designed to enhance students’ personal and professional development and assist in preparing students for their future careers.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable , the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative

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

    You will translate specialised texts in different domains of low level of specialisation in a variety of fields, registers and styles, with emphasis on producing professional translations using dedicated professional software. The topics will cover, for example, Advertising, Business, Law, Medicine, IT and Politics.

    You will be trained to translate specialised material into your native language by identiftying and analysing manisfestations of culture and discern culural complexitites; as well as cultural norms and describe how these affect your translation choices.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers o makea module viable , the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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

    The module aims to introduce you to the main translation concepts and foster your awareness and understanding of the translation process in the light of relevant theoretical work. It also aims to cultivate your 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. You will explore translation strategies and will develop an understanding of the challenges encountered in translation and of the relevant procedures used to solve them.

    You will also acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge and reflective and analytical skills to discuss theoretical issues and explain their relationship to practice using appropriate translational meta- language.
    This module will also develop your ability to consider translation a multicultural and multilingual space where diversity is celebrated, and mediation is sought to enable communication and to bridge cultural and linguistic gaps.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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

    This module focuses on both translation environment tools (TEnTs) that translators are likely to use in a professional environment and terminology mining which translators are likely to perform as part of their work. You will learn how to use Internet resources effectively, including their evaluation, and will employ proprietary software for professional translation and terminology management, both as standalone tools and as integrated in TEnTs. You will also be equipped with the necessary transferability skills to confidently adapt to a variety of translation tools, both desktop-based and in the cloud, the choice of which will be entirely your own based on resource availability and IT-literacy.
    Semester: Autumn for full-time cohort and PG Cert students; Spring year 1 for Part-time cohort.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable , the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday evening
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    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 you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding and awareness of current theoretical and methodological issues in the discipline.
    You will 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). This module aims to enable you to:

    • formulate a relevant research proposal and complete a research project which includes an evaluative review of existing literature, and to examine critically key methodological issues in the field, through specific perspectives and/or interdisciplinary work in theory

    • develop the skills necessary to plan and execute relevant research which deals with complex issues both systematically and creatively

    • develop your ability to communicate your research ideas and outcomes clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences in an appropriate written register and form

    • develop self-confidence and the ability to work and learn independently and transferable skills which are required for continuing professional development.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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

    This module enables students to further develop their theoretical knowledge of translation and extend their understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in the discipline. You will work on a longer translation and an extended pre- translation and post translation analysis.

    The translation performed in this module is of a high level of specialisation, comparable to that of translated work carried out by professional translators. You will receive training in the translation of longer and more specialised texts and the chance to put the acquired knowledge and skills and the feedback received so far on your translations into practice. The module will offer you the opportunity to apply translation principles, strategies, and procedures as well as appropriate researching and documentation techniques and translation tools previously learnt to produce a competent translation according to professional standards and solve the translation and terminological challenges encountered.

    You will also acquire an understanding of the translation process that underlines the translation of longer texts and will be offered an opportunity to use the analytical skills and knowledge of translation theory previously gained to reflect critically, through the research and analysis of the translation process, on translation issues, strategies followed in the translation and various changes that result from the transfer process.
    Finally, you will acquire the skills to look critically at your translations, reflect on the transfer process and produce a competent commentary on the translation problems encountered and the solutions used to solve them. You will also learn to produce an invoice for your translation work, such as should be produced in a professional context.

    Institute of Linguists Professional Accreditation:
    Student work demonstrating high standards in both the translation and the reflective analysis component will be submitted to the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) for accreditation and can gain exemption from paper II or III of the Chartered Institute of Linguists’ Diploma in Translation.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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

    The module focuses on one particular audiovisual translation (AVT) mode: Subtitling.
    You will be introduced to the main translation-related issues peculiar to subtitling, including methods of dealing with linguistic and non-linguistic elements within the audio-visual 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.

    The module aims to enable you to:

    1. Appraise the challenges faced by the translators working with audiovisual material, namely the complex semiotic mix of linguistic and non-linguistic elements;
    2. Develop practical techniques and translation strategies for dealing with these issues as appropriate to subtitled material;
    3. Identify the pros and limitations of subtitling within the context of the target audience culture;
    4. Appreciate the social dimension of audiovisual texts, i.e. the sociocultural context in which audiovisual programmes are produced, the extent to which these convey values, clichès and biases and how much these influence the target audiences’ perception of the world, as well as the translator’s decisions.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable , the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday evening

    This is an option module, which focuses on translating texts induced in institutional contexts. 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.
    The module offers students another pathway into specialisation and therefore enhances their employability opportunities (working as a freelance or in-house translator with the UN or EU). By choosing this option module you will:

    1. develop a comprehensive understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of translation, culture and texts from various fields pertaining to international organisations

    2. enhance the skills and tools acquired in previous modules and necessary to analyse texts related to international organisations and apply the appropriate translation strategies for effective translation

    3. learn to critically examine key issues in the translation of institutional texts and develop further your analytical ability to assess and reflect on translations, identify problems arising out of them and use suitable translation solutions

    4. develop the ability to produce a translation following professional standards, which will allow you to compete as a translator /communicator in the context of international organisations.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday evening

    This is an optional module, offered to FT students, PG Cert students and 2nd-year PT students.

    The module will have a dual aim: to provide you with an awareness of translational issues peculiar to localisation, and to give you the basic practical skills necessary to develop further experience in a professional localisation environment. You will gain an insight into the cultural, linguistic and technical nuances that distinguish products across countries and determine their success, taking into account local requirements and market needs; you will also familiarise yourself with the workings of the localisation industry, including an understanding of the individual stages involved in the overall localisation process. You will receive advanced practical training in the use of translation environment tools (TEnTs) and other programs used by localisation professionals, both desktop-based and in the cloud.

    If there are no sufficient student numbers to make a module viable , the school reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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What our students say

You can hear directly from our students in several videos posted to the University's YouTube channel where Helen McFarlane, Amira Benbetka and Arwa Alaya 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 our Placement Module. It is meticulously put together by our tutor and she does not leave any aspects of future employment unexplained. The placement guidance itself is clear and easy to follow, and industry representatives give us an honest (sometimes harsh!) and practical insight into the industry. Extremely useful, interesting and inspiring speakers and... highly recommended!" Albina Homer, graduate 

"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

Where this course can take you

This course will prepare you for different professions in the translation industry (translator, translation project manager, editor, proof-reader, localiser, subtitling). Graduates of this course have become freelance translators or in-house translators in EU and international institutions, multinational companies, news corporations, NGOs, government bodies and many more. 

Some of our graduates also go on to further advanced study with a PhD.

Course leader

For more information about this course, please contact the course leader:

Dr Nadia Rahab
Email: n.rahab@londonmet.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7133 3380

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.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.



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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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