Taught course

Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting

Durham University · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to have a BA degree (upper-second class degree or equivalent, that is, 60% or above overall) in a relevant subject, such as language, literature or linguistics. If you hold your degree in a non-language-related field, you may be admitted provided you can demonstrate that you have the required competence in English and Arabic. We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications and further information on English language requirements, please contact our International Office or visit their website. We will require two academic letters of reference. If these are not uploaded with your application, we will contact your referees directly. It would be useful if you could inform your referees to let them know that they will be approached for references by Durham University English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is ideal both for prospective professional translators and for those wishing to go on to further academic study, and it is internationally well respected for both of those purposes. The course is designed for both native speakers of Arabic, and speakers of English who have near-native competence in Arabic.

The MA lasts for 12 months and it combines training in English to Arabic and Arabic to English translation with a special consideration of the theoretical issues involved in the process of translation. The MA modules are mainly taught in the Department of Arabic. Translation Theory and Research Skills for Translation Studies are offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC).

Course structure

The MA involves a combination of core modules, which are taken by all students, plus a number of optional modules, where students have a choice.

The course structure of the MA is as follows:

Core modules: obligatory for all students

In 2016, core modules included:

  • Research Skills for Translation Studies (15 UCUs)
  • Translation Theory (30 UCUs)
  • Translation Practica Arabic>English, English>Arabic (30 UCUs)
  • Dissertation or Final Translation Project (60 UCUs)

Optional modules 1

Students choose one module. In 2016, modules included:

  • History of Translation (15 credits)
  • Intercultural Project Management (15 credits)
  • Revising and Editing for Translators (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Translation (15 credits)
  • Translation Ethics (15 credits)

Optional modules 2

Students choose two modules. In 2016, modules included:

  • Legal Translation, Arabic>English, English>Arabic (15 UCUs)
  • Interpreting, Arabic>English, English>Arabic (15 UCUs).

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)191 334 3417