Taught course

Literary Translation

University of East Anglia · School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent. Applicants must submit a sample of academic writing, (essay from undergraduate degree) for assessment. Near bilingual language competence is assumed. Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.

Months of entry


Course content


The MA in Literary Translation combines translation practice with translation theory and also looks at links between the two. Few other taught courses in Literary Translation in the UK combine practical work with a strong emphasis on stylistic and cultural issues. Students may work with any languages, as long as it includes English. Near-bilingual language competence is assumed for applicants.


Workshops are on varied topics including translation editing, with a member of the Translators Association advising on how to approach a publisher. Students have the opportunity to join the editing team for UEA’s journal Norwich Papers. Students work on a dissertation with supervisor support.


This MA in Literary Translation is based in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA, with teachers and researchers in English and World Literature, (including French, German, Indian) Literary Translation, Literary Theory and Creative Writing. The School has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, highly-ranked in the National Students' Survey. Students benefit from exposure to an annual programme of readings, visits and residencies by writers and translators.


This MA provides an academic qualification for professional translators and is a basis for further research if performance is good. Many of our MA students go on to become practising or freelance translators, teach translation, or work in areas related to translation, such as publishing or the media.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515