Translation MA – 2024 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2024

Study mode and duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

Originally launched in 1986, our Translation MA is one of the longest-running in the world. Incorporating decades of experience in translator education, we attract students from all over the globe.

Our teaching combines professional translation experience with expertise in translation studies. As a UK centre of excellence in Translation Studies, we are guided by an ambitious research programme. This focuses on the responsible integration of tried-and-tested professional translation practices with fast-evolving language technologies, including translation memories, term management software, corpus linguistics as an aid to translation, machine translation and artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT.

The programme is designed to meet the true needs of today’s translation market, enabling you to develop a professional CV as you study.

The Centre for Translation Studies - More than a Masters

Five reasons to study Surrey's MA Translation course

What you will study

The course has a strong practical component that includes translation practice in the following languages paired with English: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Other languages are available upon request, subject to a minimum number of students.

You will develop professional translation skills under the coordinated guidance of professional translators and experienced academics. You will simulate real-life translation scenarios and cover a variety of specialisms, as you develop a solid grounding in the linguistic, cognitive, technological, quality, social and ethical dimensions of the profession. You will learn to understand, discuss and justify translation processes and translation product decisions. You will confront a wide range of translation challenges, learn to use cutting-edge software to enhance your practice, including computer-assisted translation tools, corpus linguistics software for translation, machine translation, and the responsible use of generative AI tools. In doing so, you will gain a critical understanding of how technologies impact the profession.

Optional modules focusing on the creative, business, technological and research dimensions of translation enable you to customise your learning, according to your own strengths, personal tastes and career ambitions.

You will have the opportunity to gain experience of language services provision through work placements and/or other tasks and industry collaborations.

To conclude your MA, our flexible dissertation options enable you to submit a choice of one of the following: 

  1. A dissertation based on researching a specific translation topic
  2. An extended translation paired with a reflective analytical commentary
  3. A critical report of a language-industry work placement
  4. A critical report of a skills-enhancement programme (such as a summer school or similar).

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to have your academic and professional excellence rewarded with the following prizes:

  • RWS Campus Top Student Award (two Trados licenses)
  • Project management training (one free-of-charge place in the Pro PM Training and Certification Programme)
  • Professional Engagement Portfolio Prize
  • Best Performance in Translation Prize.

An international community

The Translation MA attracts students from all over the world, forming a truly multilingual international community. Our MA cohorts tend to be a mix of students who have just completed their undergraduate degrees and more mature students, with different backgrounds of experience.

A future-proof education

The course helps you develop not just core translation and translation technology skills, but also competencies in terminology, transcreation, localisation, multimodal communication and other specialised and multilingual language services. The MA is taught by professional translators and research-active academics working closely together, offering you a combination of practical experience and research-led teaching.

The programme is industry-facing, and provides an education that is guided by Surrey’s research and expertise in translating both creative and specialised texts while interacting with translation-memory systems, machine translation, AI tools (such as ChatGPT), performing post-editing tasks, and collaborating through digital platforms. It addresses machine-translation quality, uses and usability, the translation of audio-visual content for diverse audiences, text mining, an introduction to natural language processing, and corpus linguistics approaches to terminology extraction, bilingual term compilation, and enhancing quality in translation.

First-class facilities

As a student, you will have classes in dedicated language-software computer labs. You will work hands-on with state-of-the-art tools such as:

Professional development

Our course is designed to help you develop the linguistic, translation, technological, business, interpersonal and other soft skills needed for a successful career in the language services industry.

Surrey’s expertise and the training it provides in translation technologies means our graduates are well prepared for the increasing demand for computer-assisted translation, post-editing, remote collaborative assignments, terminology management, interacting with LLMs (large-language models) and new, emerging modes of language services provision.

You will practise translation in your working language combination(s) in small groups under the guidance of professional translators, who simulate authentic translation scenarios and cover a variety of specialisms with an emphasis on real-world demands for translation.

Surrey’s Centre for Translation Studies also hosts regular seminars with guest speakers, providing you with further insights into the profession and what is new in translation research.

You will receive guidance on the development of a professional engagement portfolio to help you build a professional CV as you study. This involves documenting collaborations with language services providers (such as work placements and volunteer translation) and other extra-curricular activities (such as joining a professional association or attending professional development workshops and webinars). You will also be encouraged to use your skills in the local community. For example, past students have collaborated with the University’s International Office, Watts Gallery and Guildford Walking Tours.

Industry links

We have forged close links with the main professional bodies in the language industry. For example, we are part of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Linguists’ Higher Education Language Partnership and 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 also collaborate with the Translation Automation User Society, the European Language Industry Association, and the Globalization and Localization Association, which gives you the possibility to apply for a work placement with various translation and interpreting partner companies. We have close links 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.

There is a growing demand for novel modes of translation and multilingual language services that our MA Translation students are specifically prepared for.

The course’s work placement dissertation option enables you to gain professional experience and nurture a close relationship with a prospective employer. We are regularly contacted by stakeholders from the language services industry wishing to recruit Surrey MA Translation students and recent graduates.

Job opportunities include:

  • Working as in-house and freelance translators
  • Multilingual content writers
  • Language-services managers
  • Localisation specialists
  • Terminology specialists
  • Transcreation specialists
  • Language and translation tutors.

Recent Surrey graduates have pursued careers at international organisations, government bodies and the private sector, as well as developing successful freelance ventures. A few of our MA students carry on studying for a PhD, which will open doors for them to embrace an academic career.

To further help our students with work opportunities in the language services industry, we host an annual careers fair where local and international companies with an active interest in MA Translation graduates meet our students in an informal, friendly atmosphere.

If you have any questions about the MA Translation, contact the programme leader.

Academic year structure

The MA Translation course is studied over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).

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.

The MA Translation course has four compulsory modules, and you must select another four optional modules.

Our varied offer of optional modules will enable you to tailor the programme to your personal strengths and preferences. If you are a full-time student, you will take the compulsory modules Professional Translation Practice I, Principles and Challenges of Translation and Interpreting, and Translation as Human-Computer Interaction in Semester 1, and Professional Translation Practice II in Semester 2. You will normally take one of your optional modules in Semester 1, and three in Semester 2.

If you choose to study part-time, you will take the compulsory modules Professional Translation Practice I and II, and Principles and Challenges of Translation and Interpreting in your first year. You can distribute the five remaining modules flexibly over two years.

You will complete your degree with a Translation and Interpreting Studies Dissertation (60 credits), to be submitted at the beginning of September. You can choose between three types of dissertation:

  1. A topic-based dissertation
  2. An extended translation or interpreting analytical commentary
  3. A work placement (minimum 150 hours) plus critical report.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules are 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.

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:


Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Students must choose four optional modules - one in Semester 1 and three in Semester 2.



Professional Translation Practice language options include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish paired with English. They require native or near-native competency in English and one of the above languages.


Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Students must choose the following compulsory modules in year 1: Professional Translation Practice I, Professional Translation Practice II and Principles and Challenges of Translation and Interpreting. They must choose one optional module in Semester 2.



Professional Translation Practice language options include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish paired with English. They require native or near-native competency in English and one of the above languages.


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.

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 interpreters and we may sometimes have to reschedule classes to accommodate professional commitments.

View our code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

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

If you are a native English speaker, we require a minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in one of the languages listed below or in a related subject taught in one of these languages.

Native speakers of a relevant language (from the list below) require a degree in an arts, humanities or social science (e.g. economics, management, tourism and hospitality management) subject.

Alternative subjects will be considered by the Faculty on a case-by-case basis.

Relevant work experience to be considered by the Faculty on a case-by-case basis.

The languages available in the programme (subject to demand) are:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish.

Other languages may be available upon request.

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).

International entry requirements by country

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Australian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve one of the following: 

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree (four years) with 2:1 honours (division B / 2). ​
  • Bachelor ordinary degree (three Years) with Distinction (approximately 70%).

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve one of the following:

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree (four years) with 2:2 honours (division B / 2). ​
  • Bachelor ordinary degree (three years) with Credit (approximately 65%).

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have completed a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma with a GPA of 4.3 or 77.5% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have completed a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma with a GPA of 3.9 or 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 4.7 or 85% overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have completed a four-year degree from a recognised Bangladesh university.

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of at least 3.25 out of 4.0 (65%), 3.5 out of 4.0 (70%), or 3.75 out of 4.0 (75%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (60%), 3.25 out of 4.0 (65%), or 3.5 out of 4.0 (70%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

You can apply for our undergraduate masters courses if you have a Belgian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 14 out of 20 or 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12 out of 20 or 60% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B overall, 65% or GPA 3.5 out of 5.0 at masters degree level.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a C overall, 55% or GPA 2.5 out of 5.0 at masters degree level.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Bacharel Licenciatura, Licenciado or professional title from a university in Brazil.

You can apply for our MPhil/PhD courses if you have a masters degree from a university in Brazil.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a minimum GPA of 7.5 out of 10. 

For courses that require a 2:2, you must achieve a minimum GPA of 6.5 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 8.5 out of 10.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree at 2:2 or above from Brunei University of Engineering, Business and Computing, Universiti Brunei Darussalam or Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree or GPA 3.2 / 65% from an honours degree. 

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree or GPA 2.7 / 55% from an honours degree.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree from a university in Bulgaria.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 5 out of 6.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 4 out of 6.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have a bachelors degree with either:

  • Grades of 70%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 where pass mark is 50%
  • Grades of 75%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 if the pass mark is 60%.

For degrees that require a UK 2:2, you must have either:

  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 60%, with 70%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall
  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 50%, with 65%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, the grade requirement depends on the institution you have studied at in China. Our usual requirement is between 70% and 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve between 65% and 70% overall, depending on the institution at which you have studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA or 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA 3.0 out of 5.0.

You can apply for our MPhil/PhD courses if you have a masters degree.

UK degree classificationEquivalency
2:1A Bachelors degree (four years) or a pytchion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 7.0 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 3.5.
2:2A Bachelors degree (four years) or a ptychion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 6.5 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 3.0.
FirstA Bachelors degree (four years) or a ptychion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 8.3 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 4.0.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree from a university in the Czech Republic.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve either a GPA of 1.5, a B, velmi dobře ‘very good’ (post-2004) or 2.0, dobře ‘pass’ (pre-2004) in your bachelors degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve either a GPA of 2.0, a C, dobře ‘good’ (post-2004) or 3.0, dobře ‘pass’ (pre-2004) in your bachelor degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 10.0 out of 12.0 in Bachelors degree / Candidatus Philophiae / Diplomingenior / Professionsbachelor.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 12.0 in Bachelors degree / Candidatus Philophiae / Diplomingenior / Professionsbachelor.

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must complete one of the following:

  • A bachelors degree from a recognised institution with 75% or GPA 3.0 overall
  • A bachelors degree from the American University of Cairo with 3.0 GPA or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must complete one of the following:

  • A bachelors degree from a recognised institution with 70% or GPA 2.8 overall
  • A bachelors degree from the American University of Cairo with 2.7 GPA or a C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve either a GPA of 4.0, 81% or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve either a GPA of 3.0, 71% or a C overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Kandidaatti.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 5.0.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a French Bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 11 out of 20.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a German bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5, where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0, where 1 is the highest.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.25 or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5 or a 2:2 honours degree.

If you are applying for a masters degree, it is compulsory to seek the support of our appointed in-country agent, at no extra cost, who receive extensive training from Surrey to support you with the application and visa process. Further details and contact information available.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with an overall score of 7.0 out of 10 from a university recognised by NARIC/Eccits.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with an overall score of 6.5 out of 10 from a university recognised by NARIC/Eccits.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Egyetemi Oklevél (university diploma) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0. Or a Főiskolai Oklevél (college diploma) with a GPA of 4.51 out 5.0. Or Alapfokozat with 4.0 out of 5.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Egyetemi Oklevél (university diploma) with a GPA of 3.51 out of 5.0. Or a Főiskolai Oklevél (college diploma) with a GPA of 4.0 out 5.0. Or Alapfokozat with 3.51 out of 5.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve at least an overall average of 60% or 65% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve at least an overall average of 55% or 60% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve at least an overall average of 65% or 70% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with a 3.0-3.5 GPA, depending on the BAN-PT accreditation status of your institution of study.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with a 2.8-3.3 GPA, depending on the BAN-PT accreditation status of your institution of study.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with at least a 3.5 GPA overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 15.0 out of 20.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 80% overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Irish bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Italian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve the Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti certificate or Diploma di Laurea with an average minimum mark of 90 out of 110 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve the Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti certificate or Diploma di Laurea with an average minimum mark of 80 out of 110 overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Japanese bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a minimum of 76% or a B+ overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a minimum score of 70% or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a minimum score of 82% or an A overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 76% overall or a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 68% overall or a GPA of 2.6 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 84% overall or a GPA of 4.0 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.25/5.0, 3.7/4.33 or 3.4/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0/5.0, 3.4/4.33 or 3.0/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 4.5/5.0, 4.0/4.33 or 3.8/4.0 overall. The grade requirement depends on the institution at which you have studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree or a C overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree or an A overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 3.33/4.0 overall or a masters degree with 3.0/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 2.6/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve either a bachelors or a masters degree with 4.0/4.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 8.0, 8.0 out of 10 or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 5.0 out of 8.0 or 6.0 out of 10 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B overall, a score of 12 out of 20 overall in either a Bachelor Degree, Licence or Maîtrise.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a C overall, or a score of 11 out of 20,in either a Bachelor Degree, Licence or Maîtrise.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 8.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a GPA of 9.0 out of 10.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 16 out of  20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 14 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 18 out of 20.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0/4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.67/4.0.

2:1 - Bachelor's degree (honours) with 70% overall (second class, upper division). Bachelor's degree (general) with 90% overall.  

2:2 - Bachelor's degree (honours) with 55% overall (second class, lower division). Bachelor's degree (general) with 80% overall.  

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 8.0 out of 10, or 16 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10, or 14 out of 20.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree, HBO certificate or doctoral certificate from a university in the Netherlands.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 10.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B+ overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a B- overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve an A- overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2/4.0 from the AUN or 3.3/5.0 from other universities.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.7/4.0 from the AUN or 2.8/5.0 from other universities. If you have relevant work experience, you may be considered with a GPA of 2.4/5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5, where 1.0 is the highest, or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.25, where 1.0 is the highest, or a C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.7 or 2.9 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.3 or 3.5 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university.

Country2:1 equivalent2:2 equivalent
ChileEither of the following with 5.0/7 overall.



Licenciatura (four years)

Título (Profesional) de [professional field] (four years)
Either of the following with 4.6/7 overall.



Licenciatura (four years)

Título (Profesional) de [professional field] (four years)
ColombiaLicenciado / Título de [professional field] with 4.0/5 overall.Licenciado / Título de [professional field] with 3.5/5 overall.
EcuadorAny of the following with 75%, 7.5, where the pass mark is 6, or 8.0, where the pass mark is 7, overall.



Licenciado

Título de [professional field]

Título de Magíster
Any of the following with 70% overall.



Licenciado

Título de [professional field]

Título de Magíster
GuyanaMaster's degree from University of Guyana with 3.2/4 GPA overall.Master's degree from University of Guyana with 3.0/4 GPA overall.
NicaraguaTítulo de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] / Maestria (all four years) with 80% overall.Título de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] / Maestria (all four years) with 70% overall.
PeruTítulo de Licenciado (four years) with 13/20 overall.Título de Licenciado (four years) with 12/20 overall.
UruguayTítulo de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] (four years) with 9.0/12 overall.Título de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] (four years) with 7.0/12 overall.
Venezuela Licenciatura / Título de [professional field] with 81%, 8/9 or 16/20 overall (sobresaliente / outstanding).Licenciatura / Título de [professional field] with 71%, 7/9 or 14/20 overall (distinguido / very good).

If you would like further information on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0 (65 or 70%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0 (70% or 75%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.4 or 2.6 out of 4.0 (60% or 65%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0 (65% or 70%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0 (70% or 80%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0 (75% or 80%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Polish bachelors degree or above.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1: 

Bachelors degree  

Any of the following with 4+ (4.5) / B overall (dobry plus / fairly good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Licencjat (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Inżynier (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

Masters degree  

4 (4.0) / C overall (dobry / good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Magister (masters degree) If awarded from 2001.  

 

For courses that require a UK 2:2:

Bachelors degree  

Any of the following with 4 (4.0) / C overall (dobry / good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Licencjat (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Inżynier (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

Masters degree  

3+ (3.5) / D overall (Satisfactory).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Magister (masters degree) If awarded from 2001.  

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 16.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 14.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 18.0 out of 20.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve an overall GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Diploma de Licenta with a GPA of 8.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved the Diploma de Licenta with a GPA of 7.0 overall.

For postgraduate taught courses, a Specialist Diploma and Baklavar will all be considered as suitable qualifications for entry depending on grades and subjects studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.1 our of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.9 out of 5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve 75% overall or a GPA of 3.5/5.0 or 3.0/4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 65% overall, or a GPA of either 3.25 out of 5.0 or 2.6 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve 80% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.8/5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.75/4.0 or 3.4/5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 1.5, grade B or 'very good' overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0, grade C or 'good' overall.

The following qualifications are accepted as equivalent to a UK bachelors degree:

  • Diploma o pridobljeni univerzitetni izobrazi
  • Diplomant
  • Univerzitetni diplomant
  • Diplomirani.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved any of the above qualifications, with a score of 8.5.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved any of the above qualifications, with a score of 7.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve 70% overall or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 60% overall or a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Haksa GPA of 3.2/4.3 or 3.4/4.5 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Haksa GPA of 2.8/4.3 or 3.0/4.5 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.0 or 2.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 10.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved 80% from a three-year bachelors degree or 60% from a four-year special bachelors degree or a five-year professional degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved 70% from a three-year bachelors degree or 55% from a four-year special bachelors degree or a five-year professional degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved a majority of VG / AB / B / Vall Godkand.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved a majority of G / BA / C / Godkand.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of between 7.0 and 8.0 out of 10.0, 2.2 out of 5.0, or 5.0 out of 6.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of between 6.0 and 7.0 out of 10.0, or 4.5 out of 6.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must achieve a GPA of between 8.0 and 9.0 out of 10.0, 2.7 out of 5.0, or 5.5 out of 6.0.

Our grade requirements for postgraduate courses vary depending on the institution at which you have studied:

  • For postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, our minimum grade requirement is 73%, 78% or 88%
  • For courses that require a UK 2:2, our minimum grade requirement is 68%, 73% or 83%
  • For courses that require a UK first, our minimum grade requirement is 78%, 83% or 93%.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of between 2.8 and 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of between 2.6 and 2.8 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0 or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 80% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.3 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.3 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 70% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 90% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.6 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.6 out of 5.0.

Please note that Dyplom Bakalavr (before 2007) is not suitable for entry.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, or 80% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0, or 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 overall, or 85% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 or 7.5 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.5 or 7.0 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 7.5 or 8.0 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For direct entry these range from a 2:1 to a 2:2 UK honours degree. Our Pre-Masters programme offers another route into Surrey for specific programmes.

  • For courses that require a 2:1 you would need 12/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.
  • For courses that require a 2:2 you would need 11/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0. 

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0. 

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.6 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours (second class, upper division) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours (second class, lower division) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you would need 12/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you would need 11/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

Algeria

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belgium

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada

China

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Hong Kong SAR

Hungary

India

Indonesia

International students in the United Kingdom

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kuwait

Latvia

Lebanon

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malaysia

Malta

Mauritius

Moldova

Morocco

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Oman

Other African countries

Other East Asian countries

Other European countries

Other Middle Eastern countries

Other South American countries

Other South Asian countries

Other South East Asian countries

Pakistan

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

Türkiye

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States of America

Vietnam

Zimbabwe

English language requirements

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

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can 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.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise that many students enter their course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of ways.

If this applies to you, the recognition of prior learning process may mean you can join a course without the formal entry requirements, or at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience.

There are restrictions for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. Please contact the Admissions team with any queries.

Fees per year

Start date: September 2024

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£10,400
Overseas
£20,000

Part-time - 2 years

UK
£5,200
Overseas
£10,000
  • If you are on the two-year part-time masters programme, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2024-25 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • 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.

Payment schedule

  • Students with Tuition Fee Loan: the Student Loans Company pay fees in line with their schedule.
  • Students without a Tuition Fee Loan: pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
  • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
  • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be on invoices. Students on part-time programmes where fees are paid on a modular basis, cannot pay fees by instalment.

  • Sponsored students: must provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of study.

Additional costs

Additional costs may be incurred within the Dissertation module if the work placement is opted for. This may include expenses, such as travel to and from the workplace, any required accommodation and related subsidiary costs. However, please note that in the language services industry it is often possible to carry out work placements or parts of it remotely/virtually.

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 code of practice for postgraduate admissions policy explains how the Admissions team considers applications and admits students. Read our postgraduate applicant guidance for more information on applying.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to follow our policies and procedures, student regulations, and terms and conditions.

We provide these terms and conditions in two stages:

  • First when we make an offer.
  • Second when students accept their offer and register to study with us (registration terms and conditions will vary depending on your course and academic year).

View our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2023/24 academic year, as a guide on what to expect.

Disclaimer

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Whilst we have done everything possible to ensure this information is accurate, some changes may happen between publishing and the start of the course.

It is important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read our full disclaimer.

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Campus location

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

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