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Translation Studies

Durham University

12 months
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21750 GBP/year
10300 GBP/year
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About

Our Translation Studies MA course offered by Durham University is recognised all over the world for its academic quality, its innovative approach to translation, and its relevance. 

Overview

Description

Our students go on to successful international careers in professional translation and interpreting, academic research, diplomacy, business, journalism, and cultural entrepreneurship. They acquire mastery of several languages and vital expertise and experience in transcultural understanding.

What do we teach?

Practical skills

As members of the European Masters in Translation Network we specialise in a wide range of languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. In addition, we offer core modules in the complex skills required of translators in the 21st century, including essential technological competences and strategies of intercultural mediation.

Critical and research skills

We teach our students to analyse translation as a profession, an academic discipline, and a wider set of cultural practices. In whichever direction our students choose to develop critical and research skills, our MA helps them to become better readers, listeners, communicators, and thinkers. 

Professional training

We offer our students an outstanding range of work placements from which to gain highly relevant professional experience. These placements take our students into the European Commission and other international institutions; into museums and galleries; and into many other parts of the culture, heritage, and creative sectors. Wherever they go, our students blaze a trail for future cohorts, creating a network of MA in TS graduates to which you will belong.

The Translation Studies MA course at Durham University offers a range of modules so that you can direct your programme of study either towards a training in professional translation or towards an in-depth study of the practises, theories and global impact of translation across history. Students opting for the first pathway tend to select translation projects for their independent study modules and specialised language or language-oriented courses for their optional modules. Students opting for the second pathway tend to select a dissertation as their independent study module and optional modules that take a broad view of translation, looking at translation in practice across cultures and time. Whichever direction you take, you will benefit from the varied delivery of content that consists of seminars, workshops, lectures, group projects, research seminars, and individual tutorials.

Programme Structure

Core modules:

  • Translation Theory, Research Skills and Practice
  • Specialised Translation Language 1 (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish) from and into English
Examples of optional modules:

You will then chose a minimum of two elective modules from amongst the following:

  • Specialised Translation Language 2
  • Crossing Cultures: Word, Text and Image in Translation
  • History of Translation

Key information

Duration

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

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • Applicants must have an upper-second class bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant area.
  • Students with a different academic background but significant professional experience in translation are also invited to apply. In such cases, we reserve the right to assess students’ preparation for our course through a test.
  • Students should possess at least level C1, and preferably C2, of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or equivalent for non-European languages) – in their chosen language(s) – Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish– and in English. In some circumstances, we may require students to provide proof of language competency.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21750 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10300 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time fee:

  • Home/Island Student: £5,665 per year
  • International non-EU/EU Student: £11,970 per year

Living costs for Durham

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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

Funding

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