2019 start

Translation Studies

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our MA prepares you for a career as a translator. You’ll learn how to use standard strategies, procedures and techniques, including industry-essential translation software.
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Course description

You’ll study modern languages in the context of the history and current theory of translation. You’ll learn how to use the standard strategies, procedures and techniques of translators, as well as enhancing your interpretative and analytical skills.

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.

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Core modules

  • Concepts and Approaches in Translation
  • Translation Technologies
  • Translation Skills and Genres
  • Study and Dissertation Support
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Global Languages
  • Tandem Learning for Intercultural Communication
  • Language in Context
  • Film Translation of Literary Classics
  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • International Project Management
  • Enhanced Languages
  • Theory and Practice of Subtitling


Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops.


You’ll be assessed by essays, presentations, practical translation technologies projects, translation assignments, a translation exam and a dissertation.


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

I’ve been working as a freelance translator but I found that many translation agencies prefer it if a person has a special translation qualification, so that’s why I chose Sheffield University.

Martin Repecky
MA Translation Studies graduate

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


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.