Taught course

Translation and Localisation Studies MA

University of Nottingham · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements


Offer holders should have good linguistic proficiency (English and another language) and computer literacy.

This course may be for you if you have an undergraduate degree in one of the following areas: translation, interpreting, English literature, linguistics, language (related) studies (such as English with business; modern language with business), area studies (such as German, French, Spanish, Chinese studies), software development/engineering, media studies and digital humanities.

Language combinations: applicants must have English, and one of the following: German, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. However, Sanskrit and Hebrew cannot be accepted.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you have a passion for languages? And do you want to see how they can used to build an exciting and sustainable career outside traditional translation/interpreting?

We are proud to be the first university in the UK to offer an MA in localisation. This course has been designed specifically to help you develop the skills that are in high demand by the language service industry today.

What is localisation?

Localisation is the future for the translation industry. As products and services are increasingly offered globally, their content, instructions and interfaces need translating for local audiences. Every time you shop online with a global brand or use international software you are using localised content.

Where can localisation skills take me?

In the localisation industry there are many job titles (more than 50% of the industry) that most junior translators have never heard of. By the end of your course, these are some of the professions you will be able to consider:

  • Localisation consultant
  • Graphic localiser
  • Software localiser
  • Audio-video translator
  • Translation reviewer
  • Software tester
  • Terminology specialist

Information for international students

International students from non-English speaking countries who meet IELTS are naturally bilingual. Therfore if you have obtained a former degree in any of the areas mentioned above, you will be an ideal candidate.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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