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Translation and Interpreting, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) Guildford, United Kingdom
The MA in Translation and Interpreting offered by the University of Surrey combines translation and interpreting studies with a strong focus on technology. It’s tailored to meet the demands of the global translation market and respond to current challenges for the language industry.
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Overview

The practice-based MA in Translation and Interpreting offered by the University of Surrey include language-pair specific specialised translation modules focusing on business, finance, science, technology and law, and interpreting modules focusing on consecutive and dialogue interpreting for business and public service.

In modules relating to the interpreting profession, you will gain the organisational and project management skills necessary to perform interpreting tasks effectively.

The background lecture will provide you with a conceptual and methodological framework for analysing, discussing and justifying interpreting-related decisions.

The growing complexity of international communication, involving written, spoken and technology-mediated communication, increasingly requires professionals with skills in both translation and interpreting. Recognising this need, this course is one of the few in the UK to combine translation and interpreting and give you the skills you need to perform both tasks professionally.

We’re a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, the Translation Automation User Society and the European Language Industry Association, so you’ll benefit from excellent connections with future employers, translators and interpreters, and be taught to industry standards.

You’ll also gain further insights into the industry from the external guest speakers we invite to our Centre for Translation Studies seminars series. Speakers include:

  • Professional translators and interpreters
  • Subtitlers and audio describers
  • Professionals working in public services, companies and international organisations
  • Representatives of professional translator and interpreter associations
  • Translation and interpreting researchers.

Career prospects

Our emphasis on professional development means that you will be well-equipped to begin work as a freelance or in-house translator or interpreter, or as a project manager for business, international organisations and public bodies.

We also regularly have students who decide to stay on to study for a PhD and pursue an academic career in translation and interpreting studies. Our specialisms include:

  • Translation process research
  • Corpus-based translation studies and lexicography
  • Translation as intercultural mediation
  • Translation of humour
  • Interpreting and multimodality
  • World-leading research in remote interpreting.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Translation And Interpreting Studies
  • Translating Cultures
  • Research Methods In Translation Studies
  • Public Service Interpreting - Trends And Issues
  • Interpreting And Technologies
  • Translation Technologies
  • Business And Industry Aspects Of The Translation Profession
  • Corpora And Translation
  • Specialist Translation 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower 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).

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

If you are a native English speaker, we require a minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, or Turkish, or a related subject taught in one of these languages. If you are a native speaker of another language, we require a minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree taught in English or a related subject. We can also consider relevant work experience if you don’t meet these requirements.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    17500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time:

  • UK/EU fees £3,700
  • Overseas fees £8,700

Living costs for Guildford

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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