M.Sc. On Campus

Translation Studies

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Offering students the opportunity to focus on two languages, in addition to English, The University of Edinburgh is the ideal place to study Translation Studies.


The one-year, full-time taught Translation Studies programme at The University of Edinburgh will enhance your practical skills in, and theoretical understanding of, translation as an activity. It can also be completed part-time over two years.

How you will learn

The programme combines core courses with optional courses, research training, practical translation, and a dissertation. It is taught through a combination of seminars, tutorials, student-led presentations and written exercises.

What you will gain

Across all our activities, we encourage critical thinking on language use and translation and an understanding of the factors which impact on the discipline. We will introduce you to major concepts in translation theory and show you how to apply them in translation practice.

This will help you sharpen important professional skills, such as:

  • Undertaking research
  • Thinking analytically
  • Writing commentaries and essays to deadline
  • Using a range of resources and presentation techniques

The programme will also broaden your understanding of issues relating to translation, such as gender, power relations, and religion.

Career opportunities

Our programme is designed to enhance your industry skills in translation, with practical exercises throughout the year, and a strong emphasis on communication and working to deadline.

We have excellent links with the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and are an official member of the SDL University Partner Program, providing students with the necessary knowledge, expertise and resources to help prepare for a career in the translation industry.

Completing our MSc will also help you develop and refine your research skills, and theoretical understanding of translation, in ways that will prepare you for further postgraduate study, should you wish to continue your career in an academic environment.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work as freelance and in-house translators, as well as project managers and language teachers. Others work within international companies, and some have continued into doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

  • The core courses are Translation Studies 1, which introduces some of the major concepts in translation theory and focuses on their application to translation practice, and Research in Translation Studies, which will provide you with research skills specific to the discipline of translation studies and prepare you for your dissertation.
  • The practical translation courses consist of tutor-led class time and workshops with Translation Studies staff per course, as well as an independent, peer-assessed study component. You’ll be supervised in practical translation exercises and assessed on a portfolio of translations.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline, plus a research interest or professional experience in translation or another relevant field.

  • Applicants must have native speaker competence in any languages that they apply to work with other than English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time fees per year
  • Home: £6,250
    • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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