Applicants should normally have a 2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification in French, Spanish (Castilian), Russian, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Czech or Catalan or a cognate discipline and be a native speaker of English. You should also be able to demonstrate competence in a second language equivalent to European Common Framework C1. Alternatively, you can be a native speaker of one of the languages listed above, while demonstrating a high level of English proficiency as described below. In keeping with established practice in professional contexts, students are normally expected to translate into their native language.
We also require you to provide a short statement with your application indicating which language you wish to study and whether you have a secondary language. Please indicate whether you wish to study your chosen language(s) into or out of English? For example, you should state your native language as the target language into which you translate, and your foreign language or languages as your source language(s).
Applicants who wish to study translation into Mandarin should be native Mandarin speakers with a 2.1 Honours degree, or an equivalent in English.
Months of entry
The MSc in Translation Studies caters to the increasing need for highly skilled and specialist translators across a wide range of industries and settings. It offers ten different advanced languages, and provides an excellent platform to become a professional translator as well as the essential theoretical foundation to progress to research at doctoral level.
- The programme balances Translation studies theory with practical translation work, meaning you will develop both academic and professional skills, preparing you for the translation profession or PhD research in the field.
- You will study SDL Trados translation software and hence can complete the MSc with SDL Trados certification.
- We offer translation classes in a wide range of languages including Catalan, Czech, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
- You will have access to our excellent technical resources and to our well-stocked library with over 10,000 items including the latest books, multimedia, audio and video language learning materials, language databases and resources.
- The MSc is highly flexible and offers the opportunity to tailor the programme to your specialist interests or skills.
- Our workshop and seminar series is second to none, with masterclasses from multi-award-winning translators, presentations from world-renowned scholars and discussion forums with newly qualified freelancers, providing you with plenty of opportunities to network with experts in the field.
- The small classes mean you develop new skills very quickly whilst working closely with Translation Studies and language scholars pursuing cutting-edge research.
- Within our strong postgraduate community, students contribute to a wide range of activities including the Glasgow University Postgraduate Translation Studies Research Network, a quarterly Translation Studies newsletter, facebook site and twitter feed.
Find out more about core and optional courses.
Information for international students
This one-year masters programme is eligible for a new, streamlined visa application process: find out more
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
The Masters in Translation Studies: Translation & Professional Practice caters to the increasing need for highly skilled and specialist translators across a wide range of industries and settings.
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions