Taught course

Applied Translation

Aberystwyth University · Department of European Languages

Entry requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5% or above in Modern European Languages. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Aberystwyth Masters course in Translation is your opportunity to deepen your knowledge of language translation as a professional activity to establish a strong foundation in translation studies for possible further study at PhD level. You will receive thorough training in translating for businesses, communities, individuals and academic institutions - all of whom require a unique set of skills and approaches. In addition, you will graduate with a portfolio proving your ability and sensitivity in translating for these diverse groups.

This MA course is designed to help you undertake translations, reflect on your translation practice and improve upon it. You will do this through a programme of translation workshops and practical exercises designed to simulate the rigours of work as a professional translator. You will translate real-life texts, liaise with "clients" and provide businesses and communities with professional-standard translations. In completing these exercises, you will gain valuable experience and generate an impressive portfolio of translation work for use in seeking employment or research positions.

Five out of the six course modules follow an innovative structure: the first five weeks of your teaching will be in lectures, seminars or workshops. After this, you will be allocated a tutor whose language interests match your own. As you work, you will benefit from your tutor's specific knowledge and experience in translating your chosen language. This will help prepare you thoroughly for your final dissertation in which you demonstrate a mastery of all that you have learned on the course.

In addition to this tailored course of study and instruction, you will have the opportunity to develop a set of general study skills. You will graduate with improved linguistic abilities, direct experience of translation and a host of transferable skills. These will make you a desirable employee for a wide range of public and private sector organisations and businesses.

You will receive individual tuition from expert departmental staff, all of whom are active researchers and have published in their own specialist fields. Under their guidance, you will become a first class translator with a host of transferable skills which will help you excel in further academic study or employment.

This degree will suit you:

  • If you are looking for comprehensive training in translation methods
  • If you want to develop translation experience at a professional standard
  • If you want tuition from published and professionally active experts
  • If you are keen to develop a career in translation

Information for international students

International and EU applicants will need to show evidence of a sufficient knowledge of English. This must be proved before you begin your course. For more information visit our website.

Fees and funding

Check our funding calculator for funding availabilities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Lora Gibson
01970 622564