M.Phil. On Campus

Literary Translation

Trinity College Dublin

12 months
15861 EUR/year
7430 EUR/year
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The Literary Translation programme of Trinity College Dublin is a unique opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills related to translation, while also building a strong understanding of the theory and history of translation thought and a keen critical eye. 


Course Description

The Literary Translation programme of Trinity College Dublin is based in the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, Ireland’s foremost centre for the study and practice of literary and cultural translation. Our students are ideally placed to build professional networks and to see the translation industry from the inside.

The course’s name uses the term “literary”. However, this should not be taken to indicate only novels and poems. In fact, the course’s definition of “literature” is so broad as to include anything that involves human creativity, including video games, subtitles, speeches, comics, and songs. 

Translation, and especially the kind of creative translation we develop as part of the MPhil in literary translation, has been a subject of huge interest in recent years, both within academia and in industry. At the same time, the demand for well-qualified translators continues to grow internationally, and this form of translation more than any other is coming to be valued as something that is not easily done by machines.

Careers and Employability

There is a strong and growing demand for highly-trained translators with the creativity and linguistic prowess to create aesthetically appealing work. Such translators are already sought out not only in the field of literature, but also in the private and public sector, in international organisations, media, and education. We have close ties with many such organisations, and give our students regular opportunities to interact with them.

Students pursue careers in the fields of translation and interpreting, as well as localisation, project management, editing, and promoting. Recent graduates have gone on to work as translators, editors and project managers, to work for NGOs, and to pursue advanced research in the form of a PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory and History of Translation
  • Linguistic and Textual Analysis
  • Aspects of the Profession
  • Interlingual Technologies
  • Research Training Seminar
  • Literary Translation Portfolio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 honours class degree from an Irish university or its international equivalent.
  • A demonstrable working knowledge of two or more languages
  • For candidates who are not native English speakers and have not completed a degree through the medium of English, a minimum IELTS score of at least 6.5 in each category or its equivalent.
  • Stage 1 Document.
  • Sample of academic writing.
  • Degree certificate(s).
  • Degree transcripts.
  • Two reference letters.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15861 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15861 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7430 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7430 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /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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