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Professional Translation for European Languages

Newcastle University

12 months
20400 GBP/year
9600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Professional Translation for European Languages programme from Newcastle University combines practical training and theory to give you the skills and knowledge to become a professional translator.


You'll work between English and one/two of the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

The professional translation focus is a distinctive feature of this course. It incorporates:

  • translation theory
  • practice
  • professionalism in translation

What you'll learn

You will receive expert training in professional tools and computer-assisted translation (CAT) software. The training will explain how to work in different contexts, such as:

  • business and finance
  • legal
  • technical
  • marketing and publicity
  • literary translation

In your professional life you will only translate into your mother tongue and our teaching reflects this.


The Professional Translation for European Languages programme from Newcastle University structure allows you to tailor your own programme of study through:

  • professional practice and research-led compulsory modules (in specialised translation, translation theory, and use of CAT tools)
  • a wide range of optional modules (in translation from a second foreign language, legal translation, literary translation, translation for EU institutions, Interpreting, finance and marketing)
  • a translation project or dissertation.

Our teaching is based on experiential learning which develops your skills in a real-world context. You will study both independently and in groups.

In semesters one and two you have taught classes during office hours, Monday to Friday. From June to August, you will work with a research supervisor on an extended translation project or dissertation.

If you are taking the MA part time, your work is split over two years. You will agree your individual study plan with the Degree Programme Director. This will include your core practical translation modules in year one. You can start your Translation Project or Dissertation at any time in year two.

You will have regular one-to-one consultations with teaching staff. You will also have a Personal Tutor to discuss other study or welfare issues.


The Professional Translation for European Languages MA will equip you with the skills and strategies to enter a career:

  • as freelance or in-house translator
  • in public or private organisations
  • in or beyond the language-services sector

Our graduates have gone on to work for leading companies and international organisations such as:

  • The European Central Bank
  • Amazon
  • Sage
  • Hodder and Stoughton

Many of our graduates have also chosen the freelancing path. They have built successful careers in the Languages Services Industry offering their services to clients such as Newcastle United and the Premier League.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Information Technology for Translators and Interpreters
  • Research Methods in Translating and Interpreting
  • Translation Practice and Principles
  • Translation Workshop
  • Profession, Processes and Society in Translating and Interpreting
  • Translation Project OR
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.

Native-level writers of English must have French, German, Italian or Spanish language as a major component. Native-level writers of French, German, Italian or Spanish must have English language as a major component. 

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have:

  • a 2:2 honours degree
  • a degree in a non-languages subject
  • and/or professional translating experience

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK Part time: £4,800

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 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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