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Translation Studies

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Accredited by the European Masters in Translation (EMT) network, 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.
Translation Studies Students

Course description

Join a well-established course in translation studies and develop advanced skills in practical translation.

Our MA offers a wide range of translation languages. Translation options are: from English into Arabic, Chinese, Polish and Italian or translation from Czech, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish into English. We’ll help you develop your ability to translate from at least one language.

You'll learn the theories, methods and techniques of translation, and we'll introduce you to a range of specialist translation software essential for success in today's translation industry.

You can create your own bespoke course by choosing optional modules in literary approaches, technologies or different translation languages.

At Sheffield, you’ll become part of a translation community that has long-established connections with the industry. Sheffield is at the forefront of modern languages research, and teaching is informed by the latest developments in the field, including recent work that links the areas of translation and intercultural communication studies.

Your future

Your MA opens up a wide range of career opportunities in translation and related industries. Our graduates have become translators, editors and project managers.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers such as SDL, ZooDigital and TransAction translators, and global corporations and organisations including Google, Amazon, GCHQ, the European Union and the United Nations. 

Some of our graduates have set up their own companies, or have continued to PhD study.

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Accredited by the European Masters in Translation (EMT) network


Core modules

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

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Translation Skills
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Language in Context
  • Film Translation of Literary Classics
  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • International Management
  • International Project Management
  • Enhanced Languages Project 1
  • Enhanced Languages Project 2
  • Theory and Practice of Subtitling
  • Tandem Learning for Intercultural Communication
  • Global Languages


Lectures, seminars (led by staff and students), small-group work, workshops and one-to-one consultations with staff.

We use up-to-date, industry-standard tools in our technical modules, including WordfastPro, MemoQ, SDL Trados, Alchemy Catalyst, CatsCradle, OmegaT, WinCAPS and other software.

The number of contact hours you'll have during translation modules will vary, but you'll usually have 20 to 22 contact hours. If there are fewer than six students registered on a translation module, the contact time might be reduced or the way the module is taught might change.


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 score 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.