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, translation process research, translation as intercultural mediation, corpus-based translation, audiovisual translation and multimodality studies.
CTS is currently developing an ambitious new research programme which will place us and our students at the very heart of future developments, namely, the convergence of human and automated approaches to different types of translation, audiovisual translation and interpreting. This research programme, which will inform our teaching, will have a strong focus on the responsible integration of human and machine translation.
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 in industry.
You’ll explore modules on translation and interpreting research, challenge assumptions in stimulating debates, and discuss current ideas and research with your peers, our doctoral students and teaching staff.
Our range of optional modules will also 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.
As well as giving you opportunities to develop your analytical and research skills, our course will also provide you with rich insights into the language industry. We regularly invite inspiring external speakers to our Centre for Translation Studies seminars series. Speakers include:
- Professional translators
- 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 MultiTerm, Matecat, Smartcat, WinCaps, KantanMT, Dragon Speaking and Sketch Engine software to help you learn about translation technology.
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.
This course is designed to prepare you for PhD study and work in academia. Our research training will make you competitive for doctoral study against graduates from around the world.
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 has opened up 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 the MRes in Translation and Interpreting Studies and a qualified language professional, you’ll be able to take advantage of global employment opportunities.
Academic year structure
The course modules are taught across two academic semesters, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.
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 or 60 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:
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. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
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 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.
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.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
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Terms and conditions
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Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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 vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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