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Translation Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The Translation Studies programme offered by the University of Birmingham offers training in state-of-the-art translation technology and the opportunity to study another foreign language at beginners, intermediate or advanced level. 

There is a range of optional modules focusing on theory and methodology, meaning that this MA also provides excellent preparation for further study at PhD level.

Why study this course?
  • Access to specialist software - our curriculum includes a practice of the Wordfast translation memory tool, courtesy of Wordfast LLC and Yves Champollion, and a year's access to SDL Trados. You will also have access to a range of other tools including the Sketch Engine corpus manager and text analysis tool.
  • Practical preparation for careers in translation - in order to be admitted to the EMT Network, universities have to prove that their translator training programme covers five key competences needed for translation jobs in international institutions and in the field of multilingual communication, all of which this programme provides. 
  • Excellent reputation - the University of Birmingham has been ranked as one of the world's top 100 institutions to study Modern Languages in the World Rankings.
  • Facilities - you will develop a sophisticated knowledge of how computer-aided translation tools work through access to the facilities available within the Department of Modern Languages. Having this understanding will allow you to specialise and engage with complex material allowing you to stand out when embarking on your professional career. 
  • Employability - our graduates go onto pursue a range of interesting careers such as setting up their own translation companies, translating literary anthologies and working as project managers for international companies. Recent students have secured competitive internships at the United Nation Translation Service as the UN Headquarters in New York and at the European Union Directorate-General for Translation in Brussels. Over the past three years, 93% of Translation Studies students were in work and/or further study six months after graduation.
  • Links with industry - we host a series of talks on 'The Translation Profession' which brings speakers with a range of expertise in the translation industry - employers, freelancers, publishers, representatives of national and international organisations - and where students can gain a further insight into the profession. 

Careers

Graduates of the MA in Translation Studies go on to a variety of interesting careers, from working as translators and project managers for major language service providers, to running their own translation companies, or staying on in Birmingham to do doctoral research. Over the past three years, 93% of Translation Studies graduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

The programme will enable you to develop a wide range of skills and attributes which will be vital in your future career. In particular, it will give you the ability to:

  • Analyse and translate samples of English and other languages, using appropriate methods
  • Retrieve information, terminology and specialised-knowledge from a range of sources, and use them in their translation practice
  • Communicate effectively in written academic English and use appropriate IT skills, including a range of computer-aided translation tools
  • Interact effectively in a group
  • Plan work effectively, with appropriate time-management skills
  • Carry out research in a selected area, both individually and in terms, and report that research appropriately.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the EMT Network.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Translation Theory  
  • Practical Translation 
  • Specialised Translation  
  • Research and Critical Commentary Skills 
  • English-Chinese Interpreting
  • Translation in a Professional Context
  • Translation Technology

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
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    59

    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. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • The language into which you intend to translate should be the language in which you have mother tongue competence, or alternatively your language of habitual use. In the latter case, you may be asked to provide evidence of proficiency.
  • It will normally be necessary to have training to degree level in the language(s) from which you intend to translate. If you do not hold a degree in your ‘second’ language, you may be asked to provide other evidence of proficiency. If you do not hold a languages or humanities-related degree, you may be asked to provide evidence of relevant work experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16995 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16995 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time fees:

  • UK/EU: 4,625 GBP per year
  • Overseas: 8,498 GBP per year

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 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

The new Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Masters degrees in the UK is available for students normally residing in England.

The main details of the new Postgraduate Loan are:

  • A loan of up to £10,609 will be made available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses. 
  • The loan will be available to students across all discipline subject areas for full-time, part-time and distance learning Masters programmes, so long as you do not have existing qualifications at Masters-level or above (which includes undergraduate integrated Masters qualifications, such as MSci or MEng etc).
  • The loan will be paid directly to you, into a UK bank account.

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