Taught course

Translation - MA

Institution
London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a first degree at 2:1 or above in translation, interpreting, modern languages or a related field (applications from candidates with a second class degree or from non-language based disciplines will be considered but an entry test will be required. Applicants with substantial work experience in translation but no first degree will also be considered)
  • native knowledge of the native language, English
  • near-native proficiency in the first foreign language
  • good command of the second foreign language (if applicable)

The following documents are also required to support the application:

  • two references, one of which must be an academic reference
  • a first degree certificate and mark transcript

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why study this course?

Our Translation MA is a high-quality postgraduate programme designed to help you start or advance a career in translation. It aims to meet academic and professional standards as well as market demands of the translation industry, through a balanced and well-structured curriculum. Our Translation MA is also a member of the Conférence Internationale Permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI), the world's oldest and most prestigious international association of universities and institutes with translation and interpretation programmes. You will also benefit from access to traineeships at the Directorate-General for Translation (European Commission).

More about this course

This Master's degree has a vocational emphasis on specialist translation, focusing on areas such as law, politics, medicine, business, IT and media. You will also learn to translate different types of institutional documents (UN and EU), as well as use dedicated software to subtitle films and localise websites and software. A substantial built-in part of this course is the compulsory practical and career enhancing work placement module, which offers an opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience with one of the many translation service providers in the UK and, whenever possible, with institutions of the European Union and the United Nations. The lecturer in charge of the module will provide information on work placement opportunities and guidance on completing the required application processes and will support you throughout in obtaining suitable opportunities. As a student of the programme you will have the opportunity to translate using the following languages paired with English: Arabic, Mandarin, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You must be fluent in English and be fluent or proficient in your other chosen language. We have strong links in the translation industry that allow us to share best practice in translation and teaching. This offers an excellent learning experience for our students and allows for additional learning opportunities, such as our annual visit to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation in Brussels. You will also learn from invited guest speakers from the translation industry who have a wealth of experience in translation, providing you with insights in the work of translators in various fields. Translation technology software use on our courses includes:

Assessment

You'll be assessed through translations, commentaries, essays, translation projects, portfolios, a work placement report and a dissertation.

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited through its Independent Translation Project module by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) an internationally recognised professional body. The accreditation offers successful students exemption from one of the three units of the exam leading to the Institute’s own Diploma of Translation (DipTrans).

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courseenquiries@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4202