MA in Translation Studies

The programme is modular in format, having a unified core structure with three core modules and a dissertation, and options for developing differing pathways through your choice of approved/option modules. Development of the programme's learning outcomes is promoted through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including staff- and student-led seminars, small group work, one-on-one consultations with staff, independent learning and assessment methods include practical translation and localisation tasks, written exams and essay writing.

In consultation with staff, students choose modules to design an academically coherent programme consistent with their own career aspirations and interests: Core modules introduce students to the key theoretical concepts and practical aspects related to Translation Studies, whereas optional modules allow students to follow professional and personal interests in specialised areas in greater depth. There are also many opportunities for you to sit in on (audit) modules in addition to those you are registered for; this means you don't have to miss anything!

Please note that the course details set out here may change before you start, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the course start date.

The Programme Leader for the MA Translation Studies is Dr Lena Hamaidia.


To qualify for the award of MA in Translation Studies, students must accumulate 180 credits* over 12 months (full-time study) or 24 months (part-time study). Click on any module to have the full module description displayed below.



Core Modules

- to the value of 45 credits (take both)

- to the value of 30 credits (choose one or more)

* please note: for small sized translation groups (fewer than 3 students) the contacts hours may be reduced and the delivery mode may be altered).

- to the value of 60 credits



*A student who does not satisfactorily complete a dissertation but who successfully completes 60 or 120 credits worth of non-dissertation project modules, is eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) respectively.






Optional Modules

- to the value of 45 credits  (choose

  • three 15-credit modules from below, or
  • two 15-credit modules from below and one 15-credit translation module from the left, or
  • one 15-credit module from below and one 30-credit/two 15-credit translation modules from the left)

Please note: Up-to-date, industry-standard translation and localisation tools are used in our technical modules, including Logo of WordfastWordfastPro, Logo of MemoQ by KilgrayMemoQ, Logo of SDL TradosSDL Trados, Alchemy Catalyst Alchemy Catalyst, Logo of CatsCradle by StormdanceCatsCradle, Logo of OmegaTOmegaT, Logo of WinCAPS by SysMediaWinCAPS, Memsource and other software.

This department has been granted free access to the Memsource Academic Edition, an academic program designed for universities with translation courses.

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Also note that Masters' students cannot take a Beginners’ language module, unless it is in a different script from that of their existing major and minor languages. For instance, a Masters' student on the MA Translation Studies/Screen Translation using French or Spanish cannot take a Beginners’ Italian module, but they could take Beginners’ Arabic.

Furthermore, whilst translation modules normally have 20-22 contact hours with additional independent study over the academic year, where less than 3 students are enrolled this contact time may be reduced and/or the delivery method altered.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Analyse and critically evaluate the main theories in translation;
  • Learn to use industry standard translation software;
  • Effectively translate from at least one foreign language into your native language;
  • Employ some of the standard strategies, procedures and techniques employed by translators;
  • Develop independent research skills;

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