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Translation and Professional Communication Skills

University of Southampton · Modern Languages and Linguistics

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Entry requirements

Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in a related subject for example in a Humanities or Social Science discipline, including (but not limited to):

  • Modern/Foreign Languages
  • English Literature/ Comparative Literature
  • History
  • Film
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Geography

Grade/GPA: Normally first- or upper second-class (or international equivalent)

English and Chinese language requirements: You will need to be highly proficient in Chinese and English. English must be either at native-speaker level or IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all components. You will need to demonstrate at least graduate-level proficiency in Chinese, typically minimum CEFR C1.

Months of entry


Course content

Covering a broad range of topics and contexts, the MA Translation and Professional Communication Skills will teach you to effectively communicate across different languages and cultures. This programme has a substantial hands-on element, giving you practical insights into translation, interpreting and a number of other related fields.

The MA in Translation and Professional Communication Skills aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in translation or other professions that require a deep understanding of global languages, cultures and societies, and to apply those skills in practical and professional contexts. You will be able to choose from among a range of specialist modules, including subtitling, mediation and interpreting, professional writing and editing.

As well as working with translation theorists and practitioners, you will have the opportunity to study with experts in cultural and literary studies, history, ethnography and anthropology. This interdisciplinary approach will equip you with a deepened multicultural knowledge and will allow you to develop a range of professional skills, allied to a deeper understanding of what working across cultures entails, preparing you for a range of careers in bi- and multilingual and multicultural environments.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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