Translation and Interpreting Studies MRes – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

This unique and innovative course is the first of its kind in the UK. You’ll get in-depth, systematic research training in translation and interpreting, and customised preparation for a PhD.

We’re one of the UK’s top translation research centres, with more than three decades of experience in postgraduate education and research training. We focus on exciting and newly developing areas of the discipline, such as translation and interpreting technologies, machine translation, translation process research, translation as intercultural mediation, corpus-based translation, audiovisual translation and multi-modality studies.

The Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) is currently developing an ambitious new research programme which will place you at the very heart of future developments. This programme will inform our teaching and provide a strong focus on the responsible integration of human and machine translation and interpreting.

2021 CTS Presentation

Five reasons to study Surrey's MA translation course

What you will study

By studying MRes Translation and Interpreting Studies at Surrey, you’ll join our internationally recognised Centre for Translation Studies. We combine leading research expertise with professional relevance, providing you with the skills to thrive in either academia or industry.

You’ll explore modules on translation and interpreting research, and challenge assumptions in stimulating debates, especially on the role of the human translator in the era of increasing translation automation and in contexts of diverse, rapidly evolving technology-enhanced multilingual services. You will also discuss current ideas and research with your peers, our doctoral students and teaching staff.

Our range of optional modules will let you specialise in your own area of interest, while also developing your analytical skills. You’ll take on evidence-based, interdisciplinary research relevant to the world today, giving you a competitive edge as you enter the workplace or pursue further study.

Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2023/24 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

Our course is designed to make you internationally competitive if you plan to pursue a PhD or an academic career. It will also equip you with advanced research skills that may stand you in good stead if you wish to pursue a career as a researcher or analyst in the language industry. You can take the MRes as a stand-alone course or as a preparation for a three-year PhD in Translation and Interpreting.

The language services industry continues to grow despite a challenging international economic climate. Globalisation has opened new markets and created demand for multilingual translation and interpreting services to exchange knowledge and communicate with clients.

Globalisation requires new research into translation, interpreting and multilingual communication in a wide range of novel and emerging contexts on an unprecedented global scale. As a graduate of our MRes in Translation and Interpreting Studies course and a qualified language professional, you’ll be able to take advantage of global employment opportunities.

Academic year structure

The taught part of the programme is divided into eight 15-credit modules. A 15-credit module is indicative of 150 hours of learning. The hours of learning comprise of contact hours, guided learning and private study.

Our course has two compulsory modules, and you must select another two optional modules. The compulsory modules are Principles and Challenges of Translation and Interpreting and Academic Research Methods. These can be combined with two optional modules from the available pool of options:

  • Audiovisual Translation
  • Business Management in Translation, Interpreting and Technologies
  • Introduction to Computational Thinking for Translators, Public Service Interpreting Trends and Issues
  • Smart Technologies for Translation
  • Translation as Human-Computer Interaction
  • Translation for the Creative Industries
  • Writing and Re-writing for Translators.

Your module choice depends on the emphasis you wish to place on technological, organisational or creative/community outreach aspects of various types of translation and interpreting.

If you are a full-time student, you will take the compulsory modules Academic Research Methods and Principles and Challenges of Translation and Interpreting in Semester 1. You can then distribute your optional modules either by frontloading Semester 1 with one more option, or by taking your two options in Semester 2.

If you choose to study part-time, you will take the compulsory modules Academic Research Methods and Principles and Challenges of Translation and Interpreting in Semester 1 of your first year. You can distribute the two remaining options across the three remaining semesters.

You will complete your degree with an MRes in Translation and Interpreting Studies Dissertation (120 credits), to be submitted at the beginning of September.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. The part-time timetable is based on the full-time one, so classes will run on any teaching day. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Translation studies seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons – attendance is optional, but strongly encouraged.

Please note that as our practice-based classes are normally provided by professional translators or interpreters and we may sometimes have to reschedule classes to accommodate professional commitments.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

Native English speakers: MA in Languages, Translation/Interpreting or a related field with a merit or higher – or equivalent; BA in Languages, Translation/Interpreting or a related field with a minimum of a UK 2:2 class honours degree – or equivalent.

Speakers of other languages: MA in Languages, Translation/Interpreting or a related field with a merit or higher – or equivalent; BA in Languages, Translation/Interpreting or a related field with a minimum of a UK 2:2 class honours degree or higher – or equivalent.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and 6.0 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Offers are made subject to a successful aptitude test.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.

In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.

Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) with any queries.

Fees

Start date: September 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£8,200
Overseas
£19,800

Part-time - 2 years

UK
£4,100
Overseas
£9,900

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.

Admission information

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Terms and conditions

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Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. Our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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