12 months
18200 GBP/year
6650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Translation programme at Queen's University Belfast includes specialist training in translation technologies and offers opportunities for work experience. 

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This Translation programme at Queen's University Belfast has been designed to:

  • Enable students to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the prevailing theories and practices of translation through intellectual and interactive enquiry and advanced translation practice;
  • Provide grounding in the field of Translation Studies, defined as theory and practice, that will enable students both to undertake independent research and/or work as professional translators;
  • Encourage sophisticated intellectual enquiry and debate with fellow students, academics and professional practitioners, drawn from a range of relevant backgrounds, through interrogation of theoretical models and analysis of practice-based work;
  • Encourage students to develop professional translation skills and learn to theorise within the context of the discipline and their own practice;
  • Provide students with a good knowledge of the translation market place;
  • Foster a dynamic and innovative approach to translation as a mode for understanding the socio-political and cultural complexities posed by the movement of peoples and the demands of multi-lingual and multicultural organisations and societies;
  • Equip students to use their writing talents to the best of their ability, and to develop as independent translators and self-reflective lifelong learners.

Career Prospects 

Careers in translation can be both highly intellectual and extremely rewarding in a practical sense. In addition to international organisations, translators can work in a range of roles in diverse companies or as freelance translators working for agencies and/or direct clients. Professional translation skills are valued in many areas of employment, notably banking and finance, politics, NGOs, publishing, libraries, arts venues, management consultancy, law, and jobs in engineering and manufacturing, due to their international client base. Translators are also required in a wide range of other activities and lines of work, including aiding police investigations and other security services, supporting migrant communities, conference proceedings, sports events, and governmental communications.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Audio-Visual Translation 
  • Literary Translation  
  • Principles of Community Interpreting  
  • Technical Translation 
  • Translation and Media 
  • The Accidental Translator: Non professional 
  • Translating for Performance 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a relevant subject.
  • A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may be acceptable with relevant professional experience. 
  • Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours degree standard may be considered if they can demonstrate a minimum of three years' relevant professional experience. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6650 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £6,650
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £6,650
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £7,470
  • EU Other - £18,200
  • International - £18,200

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /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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