Taught course

Translating Cultures

University of Westminster, London · Modern Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. If your first language is English, you will need to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of at least one foreign language (Chinese, French, German, Spanish or Russian). If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This interdisciplinary course offers you the rare opportunity to study how cultures translate across a wide range of fields. Critically combining the disciplines of translation and cultural studies, it breaks new ground both practically and theoretically in exploring a variety of different issues across the humanities and social sciences. It gives you the opportunity to shape the emerging field of translating cultures through independent in-depth research, and will appeal if you aspire to work at the cutting edge of debates and practices dealing with cultural interaction and transformation in the contemporary world.

Modules are taught and supervision given by expert staff who are specialists in a number of languages and disciplines, giving you the chance to follow particular themes in areas that most interest you. Recent work by staff includes books and articles on issues in translation, literature, migration, gender, religion, visual culture and museum studies to name a few, in Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish and other cultures.

Course content

You will take two core modules: Translating Cultures, which establishes frameworks for the close analysis of transcultural and translation concepts; and the research dissertation module, which provides training and personal supervision for the writing of an in-depth dissertation on an appropriate topic of your choice. The research dissertation module offers you the innovative possibility to develop your research project through an internship with a relevant external organisation. You will also choose an option module that matches your interests from a selection of modules offering advanced study in specialised areas, including translation, intercultural communication, diaspora, cultural identity, globalisation, democratisation and restorative justice.

You are encouraged to attend the departmental research seminars in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly the Translating Cultures series run by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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