Taught course

Translation Studies (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · School of Education, Languages and Linguistics

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. Applicants whose main language is English require advanced knowledge of at least one other language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian or Spanish). Applicants may be subject to assessment if their language competency is not evidenced by their qualifications/application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Whether you're a university graduate or a practising translator, you can further your knowledge and career with our flexible and industry ready MA Translation Studies degree course.

Advance your practical language, translation and technology skills whilst developing your understanding of professional practices, and networking with industry experts.

You'll benefit from the rich research experience and industry collaborations of teaching staff, who'll provide you with the most up to date theoretical knowledge and working practices, to best prepare you for your career in translation.

This is a flexible course – you can study around your existing professional and personal commitments by choosing between full-time, part-time, campus-based or distance learning options.

You can also work towards one of the following exit awards, depending on the number of credits and length of your study:

  • MA in Translation Studies (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies (120) credits
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Translation Studies (60) credits

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work as a translator in the UK or abroad, or to pursue further studies, such as a PhD.

Course highlights

  • Specialise in translation between English and your choice of eight languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian or Spanish
  • Gain free access to translation software's MemoQ and Ooona, the most widely used software tools in the profession
  • Choose to have your dissertation supervised by an industry professional, who'll act as an advisor and an insight to the industry
  • Combine the newest theories with the most current industry practices to prepare you for your career in translation
  • Benefit from the rich research experience of teaching staff and their collaborations with major translation stakeholders, including the European Language Industry Association (ELIA) and the Association of Translation Companies (ATC)
  • Network with industry professionals as part of your course, and through internship and job opportunities

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support

You'll benefit from:

- Networking events

- Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events

- Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council

- Workshops to enhance your employability skills

- Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair

- 1-to-1 appointments

- CV and cover letter advice

- Interview preparation and practice

- Support starting your own business

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

Once you complete your Translation Studies MA you'll have the rich academic knowledge and industry know-how to start or advance your career in translation.

This well networked course benefits from collaborations with field experts, including the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI). These ongoing relationships help shape the content of the course and provide you with the right training for you to graduate with the skills you need to thrive within the industry.

You'll also have the option of progressing to doctoral level in your specialised area of translation. We're on hand to give you help, support and advice, whatever you decide to do next.

Graduates of this course have gone onto areas such as:
  • Translation project management
  • Translation
  • Freelance Translation
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:
  • Association of Translation Companies (ATC)
  • Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI)
  • STP
  • Wessex Translation

Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566