Translation and Language Services

University of Porto

24 months
3000 EUR/year
1250 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Translation and Language Services Master’s degree at the University of Porto has been a member of the European Master's in Translation (EMT) Network since 2009 and, after a new application and selection round, was re-admitted to the Network in 2019 for a period of 5 years.


The Network consists of more than 70 Master’s degree programmes offered by other European universities with which we maintain close links and have ERASMUS agreements for student and teacher mobility. 

Membership of the EMT Network means that our students have preferential access to traineeships with European institutions, and that we are given priority in relation to the DGT’s Visiting Translators Scheme. The course also belonged to the ERASMUS Academic Network OPTIMALE - (Optimising Professional Translator Training in a Multilingual Europe) with 70 partners in 32 European countries (including 27 in the European Union).

The Translation and Language Services Master’s degree at the University of Porto was planned as a two-year professional course in accordance with the guidelines proposed by the Bologna Process. The curriculum takes into account the ISO 17100 as well as the European Quality Standard for Translation Services EN15038 Eand is the result of the experience accumulated over 20 years of teaching Translation within the first degrees in Modern Languages and master’s degrees in Translation with associated work placements.

The degree has also benefitted from the contact maintained with potential employers during and after the traineeships, as well as from feedback from our graduates and the world of professional translation and language industry, both in the structure of the curriculum and in the content of the subjects taught.

The languages ​​currently offered are: Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, and English, and from 2012-13 there is also the possibility of accumulating with these languages: Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Russian, provided there is a minimum number of students.

Employment Prospects

  • Professional translation
  • Specialized translation
  • Localization
  • Revision and editing
  • Subtitling and other multimedia translation modes
  • Technical Communication

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in Portuguese Linguistics I
  • Information Technology for Translation
  • Portuguese - Writing Practices
  • Theory of Translation
  • Technical Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Portuguese
IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

This Master’s degree is open to all students who hold at least a first-cycle degree, providing they have a sound knowledge of the languages they propose to work with. 

The written tests and interviews are obligatory

The written entrance examinations consist of written tests in all the languages the applicant proposes to specialize in and interviews. 

The objective of the written tests is to evaluate the applicant´s ability to:

  • understand complex texts;
  • write an essay on a subject of current interest.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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