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Translation, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #417 (QS) ,
This Translation programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, responds to the increasing need in a globalised, interconnected world for highly qualified translators who can navigate different genres of text and negotiate the language needs of diverse audiences and industries.

About

Why study the MA Translation at Goldsmiths, University of London?

  • We’re based in London – a truly global city and the perfect place to study translation.
  • You can tailor the degree to your interests, choosing pathways that will teach you about translating in the kind of industries that you’d eventually like to work in.
  • We’ll help you build your employability skills. All students are encouraged to apply for placement opportunities and we also offer an optional work experience module. 
  • You’ll be part of a supportive community of linguists. We offer peer support groups and language learning schemes where you can meet other students, develop your language skills and help solve common problems together.
  • Through the Goldsmiths Learn a Language scheme, you will have the opportunity to develop foreign language skills, to develop language-specialist support networks, and access opportunities for parallel learning through increased access to native speakers of the full range of languages in operation across the programme.
  • The MA Translation is a member of the Institute of Translators and Interpreters (ITI), the only UK-based independent professional membership association for practising translators, interpreters, and language service businesses.
  • Computer-aided translation software for the degree is provided by Memsource, with training facilitated by Dr Sarah Maitland, who is a Memsource Certified Trainer and Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies. All students are given the opportunity to apply for Student Certification and become part of an active community. Through the Memsource Talent Endorsement Program, the top-scoring certified students will be able to compete for paid translation work experience. 

Skills

The MA in Translation provides you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in translation. The interdisciplinary optional module choices allow you to tailor your studies according to your career plans. Through fortnightly academic and professional development workshops, guided mentoring and regular practical translation assignments, you'll develop professional behaviours and leadership skills to build your translation portfolio and prepare for the translation industry. 

Careers

This degree will equip graduates with the skills and expertise to compete for work as professional translators across the public and private sectors, both in the UK and abroad. The possibility of taking optional modules from other departments means that you can supplement your translator training with knowledge of the arts, media, communications, marketing and publishing industries.

As part of the programme, you'll be brought face-to-face with representatives from across the language service industry, from translation agencies and multinational corporations where translations are commissioned or where in-house translators are employed, to international organisations with in-house translation departments, freelance translators and other language professionals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • MA Translation Dissertation
  • Becoming a Translator
  • Translation for the Cultural Tourism, Hospitality and Cultural Heritage Sectors

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

You should have a minimum of 2:1 (or equivalent) in a subject relevant to the programme or relevant equivalent experience. You will also need to provide a personal statement (in English) in which you describe:
  • why you are applying to the MA Translation and what you hope to achieve if successful
  • your native or near-native fluency in at least one other language in addition to English. You should describe: any translations you may have undertaken and the purpose and context in which you undertook these;
  • your assessment of your ability to translate into the language in which you are dominant from the language(s) you have learned in addition to your native language

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14330 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14330 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home/EU - part-time: £3875

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Please visit our website for up-to-date fees and funding information: http://www.gold.ac.uk/fees-funding/

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