Translation MA

Why choose this course?

This is one of the longest-running MA Translation programmes in the world.

Incorporating more than 30 years of experience in translator education, our MA Translation course is focused on the professional translation market. We offer ‘virtual internships’ which enable you to collaborate with language service providers throughout the year, and help you to create a professional engagement portfolio for potential employers. Our European Masters of Translation membership gives you priority access to traineeships at the European Commission Directorate-General for Translation. 

As well as the European Masters of Translation network, we’re also members of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, the Translation Automation User Society and the European Language Industry Association, so you’ll benefit from excellent connections and be taught to industry standards.

What you will study

Our internationally recognised MA Translation course will prepare you to work as a professional translator, and for a career in the language service industry. The course has a strong practical component, and is designed to suit the needs of the translation market today.

You’ll practise specialised translation in language-specific groups taught by professional translators, covering economic, business, legal, scientific and technical translation, and simulating real-life translation scenarios. You will learn to work with computer-assisted translation software and state-of-the-art corpus tools and resources. The course highlights the business requirements of the industry, and you’ll gain the entrepreneurial skills you need to work as a professional language service provider. 

Course facts

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

Teaching staff

Our experienced academic staff with excellent research records will help you to develop a broad understanding of the current and future challenges of translation. Our professional native-speaker translators also bring their real-world experience and standards, as well as an up-to-date view of the translation market into the classroom.

Professional development

You’ll be able to enjoy regular contact with professional translators in your practice-based modules, and you will benefit from course components that specifically address the business and wider industry aspects of the profession.

You’ll also gain further insights into the industry from the speakers we invite to our Centre for Translation Studies seminar series. Speakers include:

  • Professional translators
  • Interpreters
  • Subtitlers and audio describers
  • Professionals working in public services, companies and international organisations
  • Representatives of professional translator/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 have an extensive network of visiting professionals.

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

Career prospects

Our emphasis on professional development means that you will be well-equipped to begin work as freelancers or as language service providers at international organisations, government bodies, universities and private companies.

The translation services industry continues to grow despite a challenging international economic climate. Globalisation opens up new markets, and creates demand for multilingual translation services to exchange knowledge and communicate with clients. As an MA Translation graduate and qualified language professional, you will be able to take advantage of global employment opportunities.

Programme leader

GOUGH J 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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  • Karina Puttock, BA French and Spanish

    "The department here at the University of Surrey focus on interactive learning where you develop practical skills to use in the real world."

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Academic year structure

Our practice-based classes are normally delivered by professional translators or interpreters, and we may sometimes have to reschedule them to accommodate professional commitments. The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters. You can find out more details by contacting our 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.

Modules

TRANSLATION OF PERSUASIVE TEXTS Optional
AUDIOVISUAL TRANSLATION II Optional
TRANSLATING CULTURES Optional
RESEARCH METHODS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES Optional
AB INITIO NORWEGIAN FOR TRANSLATION PURPOSES I Optional
AB INITIO NORWEGIAN FOR TRANSLATION PURPOSES II Optional
AB INITIO PORTUGUESE FOR TRANSLATION PURPOSES I Optional
AB INITIO PORTUGUESE FOR TRANSLATION PURPOSES II Optional
ISSUES IN LITERARY TRANSLATION Optional
AB INITIO RUSSIAN FOR TRANSLATION PURPOSES I Optional
AB INITIO RUSSIAN FOR TRANSLATION PURPOSES II Optional
TRANSLATION TECHNOLOGIES Compulsory
AUDIOVISUAL TRANSLATION I Optional
LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION Compulsory
TRANSLATION PROJECT (MA TRANSLATION, MA TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING) Optional
ANALYTICAL COMMENTARY (MA TRANSLATION, MA TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING) Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (FRENCH) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (FRENCH) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (ARABIC) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (ARABIC) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (CHINESE) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (CHINESE) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (GERMAN) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (GERMAN) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (GREEK) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (GREEK) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (ITALIAN) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (ITALIAN) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (NORWEGIAN) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (NORWEGIAN) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (POLISH) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (PORTUGUESE) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (PORTUGUESE) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (RUSSIAN) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (RUSSIAN) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (SPANISH) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (SPANISH) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (SWEDISH) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (SWEDISH) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (TURKISH) I Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (TURKISH) II Optional
SPECIALIST TRANSLATION (POLISH) I Optional
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY ASPECTS OF THE TRANSLATION PROFESSION Compulsory
CORPORA AND TRANSLATION Optional
DISSERTATION (MA TRANSLATION) Optional

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: a minimum of a UK 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant language, translation or other relevant subject.

Speakers of other languages: an equivalent to a minimum of a UK 2:2 honours degree in English or another relevant subject.

In exceptional cases, alternative qualifications and professional experience may be considered. Non-native speakers of English will also have to meet the English language requirements specified for this programme.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 7.0 in Writing, 6.0 in each other component (or equivalent)

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 £15,900
Part-time Oct 2018 £3,700 £8,000

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

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Student finance

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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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Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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