Taught course


Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

To register for this postgraduate study, you should normally hold a UK honours degree or recognised equivalent from another country. You should be aware that a degree classification of at least 2:1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA. If you do not hold a bachelors degree, please contact us for advice before registering on a module. You can study French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic in combination with English. To successfully study this qualification one of your languages (English or your other language) needs to be at a native or near-native level of proficiency (level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR), whilst the other must be at least at level C1 of the CEFR. You are strongly advised that you should have the required linguistic competence in the two languages at the start of your study. If your main language is English and you have successfully studied an OU level 3 language module (L310, L313 and L314) at The Open University, your language level should be appropriate to study on the MA, as the exit level of our OU level 3 language courses is C1.

Months of entry

April, February

Course content

This qualification is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a translator, equipping you to work in the fast-growing Translation Services industry. You will experiment with different genres through practical, inspiring translation activities, and hone your practice through peer review. You will gain hands-on experience of using tools necessary to operate in this rapidly-evolving area (e.g. audio-visual translation or cloud-based translation tools). Your work will be underpinned by an understanding of translations theories and debates.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Fees and funding

Costs are paid per unit not per qualification.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
distance learning
48 months

Course contact details

0300 303 5303