MA Screen Translation

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our courses are about overcoming language barriers. An MA from Sheffield prepares you for a career in a multilingual workplace.

Sheffield is leading the debate on international development and the School of Languages and Cultures plays a key role.

We work with colleagues from a range of disciplines to create courses that prepare you for an international, multilingual career.

About the course

As demand for professional screen translators soars, we're supplying the industry with high-quality graduates.

You'll learn the theory and practice of screen translation, and gain the technical knowledge and skills needed to work in this specialised area.

By studying the theory and working on practical subtitling projects, you'll find out how the profession works and develop an awareness of the linguistic and cultural issues involved.

We'll help you develop your ability to translate from at least one language (current translation options are: from English into Arabic, Chinese, Polish, and Italian or translation from Czech, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish into English).

There are lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops.

Core modules

  • Theory and Practice of Subtitling
  • Advanced Translation of a Language (translation options are above)
  • Subtitling project
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Film Translation of Literary Classics
  • Concepts and Approaches in Translation
  • Critical Reading and Writing at MA Level
  • Approaches to Translation Genres
  • Language in Context
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Project Management
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • International Management
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • International Management


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Small-group work
  • Workshops

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Language postgraduate students

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 honours degree in a language-related discipline (such as linguistics, literature or a language).

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Recent graduates work for Adelphi Translations Ltd, Red Bee Media, the BBC and various subtitling companies in London and overseas.

Our facilities

You can practise your English, French, German, Italian or Spanish with native speakers at our Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Our specially designed building has modern spaces for teaching and research.

We're right next to the other arts and humanities departments, and there are lots of opportunities to share ideas.

About us

We constantly review and revise our degrees to make sure you keep on top of the latest developments in the field. You'll learn academic theory and practical skills – and how to relate the two.

Sheffield is at the forefront of modern languages research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranks us among the top ten Russell Group universities for impact in this field. Recent projects include e-learning and knowledge exchange with industry, and three initiatives looking at language teaching and learning.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Caroline Wordley
Postgraduate Secretary
T: +44 (0)114 222 0631