Translation and Interpreting Studies MRes

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 are 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 cutting-edge areas of the discipline such as translation and interpreting technologies, translation process research, translation as intercultural mediation, corpus-based translation, audiovisual translation and multimodality studies. 

What you will study

You’ll gain access to our world-class Centre for Translation Studies. Our approach combines leading research expertise with professional relevance, which will provide you with the skills you need to thrive in an academic career or in a career in the translation industry.

You will explore translation and interpreting research in carefully designed modules, where you’ll discover topical issues, challenge traditional assumptions in stimulating debates, and practise your analytical skills with mentors and your peers. You’ll be able to join discussions with our doctoral students, giving you fresh insights into current research.

We offer a range of optional modules which will enable you to specialise in your own area of interest, while also developing your analytical skills. You’ll take on evidence-based, interdisciplinary research addressing real-world problems, which will provide you with a competitive edge as you enter the world of work or pursue further study.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MRes Full-time 12 months Oct 2018
MRes Part-time 24 months Oct 2018
Stag Hill

Teaching staff

Our staff have international reputations and their expertise will help you develop a broad understanding of the current and future challenges of translation and interpreting. Our Centre for Translation Studies website provides detailed staff profiles, outlining their respective areas of research interest.

Professional development

As well as giving you opportunities to develop your analytical and research skills, this course will provide you rich insights into the language industry. We regularly invite external speakers to our Centre for Translation Studies seminars series. Speakers include:

  • Professional translators
  • Interpreters
  • Subtitlers and audio describers
  • Professionals working in public services
  • Companies and international organisations
  • Representatives of professional translator and interpreter associations
  • Translation and interpreting researchers.

We offer professionally relevant courses and have forged close links with the main professional bodies. For example, we have been invited to take part in prestigious schemes such as the Chartered Institute of Linguists’ Higher Education Language Partnership. You can join these bodies as a student member during the course and then become a full member after you graduate. We also collaborate closely with many professional language service providers, and we have an extensive network of visiting professionals.

As a student, you will benefit from free access to SDL Trados Studio, SDL MultiTermMemsourceKantanMTLilt and Sketch Engine software to help you learn about translation technology.

Career prospects

This course is designed to prepare you for PhD study and work in academia. Our research training will make you internationally competitive for doctoral study.

Our strong emphasis on developing analytical and research skills will also open up many opportunities in the language industry.

The language services industry continues to grow despite a challenging international economic climate. Globalisation opens up new markets, and creates 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 the MRes in Translation and Interpreting Studies and a qualified language professional, you’ll be able to take advantage of global employment opportunities.

Programme leader

ASIMAKOULAS D Dr (Lit & Langs)

Our students

  • Luke Draper, PhD Linguistics

    "So far my PhD has been very positive and eventful. My supervisors have been very supportive and helpful, and it has been satisfying watching my project take shape."

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  • Yidi Zhang, MA Translation

    "I feel like I’ve changed for the better since I started studying at Surrey - I'm constantly learning new things and I’ve met some amazing people, too."

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Our graduates

  • Xiyue Cai, MA Interpreting (Chinese Pathway)

    "All my lecturers are professional, patient and happy to help. They create a dynamic leaning atmosphere in class and always encourage us to be critical and bravely put forward our own opinions."

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  • Zsuzsanna Szegedi, BA Spanish and Translation

    My personal tutor was very supportive in helping me find a Professional Training placement – I didn’t plan to go into events, but I was intrigued when she showed me the opportunity.

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Academic year structure

The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

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.

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

Timetable

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. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website 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.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent), with a minimum of 7 in writing, and 6.0 in all other components

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Recognition of prior learning

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 this applies to you, 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, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and 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. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Oct 2018 £7,300 £17,000
Part-time Oct 2018 £3,700 £8,500

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Funding

Scholarship for Pioneers of Tomorrow

Do you want to make a real difference or have you already accomplished something special? Then the "Pioneer" student scholarship program is right for you!

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Student finance

Find out about the Government's postgraduate taught student finance support and Career Development Loans.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught masters programme fees.

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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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