Taught course


University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

If you are a native English speaker, we require a minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in one of the languages listed below or in a related subject taught in one of these languages.

Native speakers of a relevant language (from list below) require a degree in an arts, humanities or social science (e.g. Economics, Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management) subject.

Alternative subjects will be considered by the Faculty on a case-by-case basis.

Relevant work experience to be considered by the faculty on a case-by-case basis. Programmes available in the following languages (subject to demand):

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish.

Months of entry


Course content

This is one of the longest-running MA Translation courses in the world.

Incorporating over 30 years of experience in translator education, our internationally recognised course focuses on professional translation, preparing you for a career in the language services industry.

The course has a strong practical component designed to suit the needs of the translation market today. We support ‘virtual internships’, which enable you to collaborate with language services providers and build a professional engagement portfolio to present to future employers.

The Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) is currently developing an ambitious new research programme which will place you at the very heart of future developments. This programme will inform our teaching, and provide a strong focus on the responsible integration of human and machine translation.

You will build your language skills to become a professional translator or to work in other translation-related roles in the language industry.

More specifically, you will receive advanced training in translation-related competences, such as document preparation, information mining and using translation technologies (including machine translation). You will also study the nature of the language industry and learn how to navigate the professional/business, technological and theoretical aspects of translation.

You will practise specialised translation taught by professional translators, simulating real-life scenarios and covering different topics (for example: business, legal, scientific and technical translation). We offer Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish paired with English at specialist level (languages subject to teaching availability and/or student demand).

Optional modules, such as an additional language paired with English, literary or audio-visual translation, corpora for translation or research methods, will allow you to customise your learning experience.

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

Course contact details

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