Taught course

Translation and Professional Language Skills

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. Applicants need to have English as their ‘A’ language and offer one or two of the languages taught in the Department (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish).

Months of entry


Course content

Languages offered:
French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish

This programme is designed to prepare linguists for careers in several areas of specialised language work in which there is a rapidly growing demand for highly trained speakers of English, both in the UK and abroad.

These include translation, editing and revision, précis writing, public service interpreting and proofreading. The programme also covers real-world skills such as translation management and setting up in business as a translator.

Placements are normally organised during the year with the language services of international organisations, government departments or translation companies.

Programme Structure:
Semester 1
Core units:

  • Editing and revision
  • Professional translation

Optional units:

  • Proofreading
  • Translation management
  • Public speaking

Semester 2
Core units :

  • Professional translation
  • Editing and revision

Optional units:

  • Précis writing for UN
  • Enterprise skills
  • Using technology in the T&I Industry
  • Public service interpreting

Students will also have to complete a 15,000 word dissertation a on relevant topic.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#polis
International students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#polis

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (studentships and scholarships) for postgraduate students. For more information, please visit our website.

One year of funding is available to Home/European Union students via the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12* months

Further details of qualification

* (includes 3 months to submit dissertation)

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 383037