The one-year, full-time taught Masters programme in Translation Studies 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.
Taught through a combination of seminars, tutorials, student-led presentations and written exercises, the programme encourages critical thinking on language use and translation and an understanding of the factors which impact on the discipline, introducing you to major concepts in translation theory and showing you how to apply them in translation practice.
Drawing on an excellent range of staff expertise and library collections, as well as visiting speakers, we’ll help you sharpen important skills, such as undertaking research and thinking analytically, writing commentaries and essays to deadline, and using a range of resources and presentation techniques.
An official member of the SDL University Partner Program, our MSc draws on the expertise of research-active teaching staff from across the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, as well as experts in Translation Studies.
We offer a wide variety of languages, from Arabic to Norwegian, with the opportunity to focus on two of them, in addition to English.
You will be part of an international community of students and a friendly, close-knit department with an excellent PhD programme, its own seminar series, and good links with the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI), as well as industry and cultural partners in the city of Edinburgh.
Combining core courses with optional courses, research training, practical translation, and a dissertation will help you sharpen professional skills while broadening your understanding of issues relating to translation, such as gender, power relations, and religion.
The University of Edinburgh library holds some two million borrowable volumes and subscribes to the 'Bibliography of Translation Studies'.
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.
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Over the duration of the programme, you’ll take:
- two core courses
- two practical translation courses
- two optional courses
You will choose these from a wide range of subjects. Each course is worth 20 credits.
- The core courses are Translation Studies, 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.
- 12 months
- 24 months
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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.
International24000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11900 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home: £5,950
- International/EU: £12,000
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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