Translation and Interpreting Studies MRes – 2021 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2021

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, translation process research, translation as intercultural mediation, corpus-based translation, audiovisual translation and multimodality 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.

Five reasons to study for an MA at Surrey’s Centre for Translation Studies

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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.

Professional development

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
  • 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 MultiTerm, Matecat, Smartcat, WinCapsKantanMT, Dragon Speaking and Sketch Engine software to help you learn about translation technology.

Industry links

We have forged close links with the main professional bodies. For example, we have been invited to join the prestigious Chartered Institute of Linguists’ Higher Education Language Partnership and we are corporate members of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. You can join these bodies as a student member during the course and become a full member after you graduate.

We are also a member of the Translation Automation User Society and the European Language Industry Association, which gives you the possibility to apply for a work placement with various translation and interpreting partner companies. We collaborate with language service providers, and have an extensive network of visiting professionals, so you will benefit from excellent connections and be taught to industry standards.

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.

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 create 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.

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. 

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

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, 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

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). 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).

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.

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 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.

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 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

Start date: October 2021

Full-time - 1 year

UK £7,900

Overseas £18,600

Part-time - 2 years

UK £4,000

Overseas £9,300

Please note:

  • 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.

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

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.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: 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 vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21.  Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.

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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Address

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Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH