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Whether you have experience in translation or are hoping to break into the profession, we will help you to develop your individual interests within the context of your professional practice and encourage you to present your research findings to the applied linguistic community.

Language pairs available:

  • French/German/Japanese -> English
  • English -> Mandarin

Other language pairs may be available depending on demand. Please enquire.

Key points

  • Join our thriving community of linguists.
  • Be taught by experienced, research-active staff and practising translators.
  • Receive training in the use of CAT tools.
  • Be supported by our specialist librarians and writing development services.
  • Study either part-time or full-time (UK/EU students only).
  • Enjoy our beautiful campus in the heart of historic York.

Course structure

This programme is designed for practising or intending translators, attracting students from around the world. Guided by an experienced team of staff, you will critically reflect on translation theories and carry out your own research, which we will encourage you to present to the translation and applied linguistics communities. You will improve your own translating skills and learn about working methods in today’s translation industry. You will be given the opportunity to achieve certification from the market leader in computer assisted translation, SDL Trados.

An up-to-date list of the language pairs available can be found on the programme webpage.

Modules may include:

  • Translation Methodology & Practice - This module explores translation methodology as an academic field, allowing participants to critically reflect on the relevance of theory to practice.
  • Translation Technology & Practice - We provide participants with training in using computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools and an introduction to subtitling, while providing insight into working methods in the translation industry.

Both modules include language-specific translation practice, allowing participants to hone their translating skills while fine-tuning their linguistic ability.

  • Themes in Applied Linguistics - This introduction to the full scope of applied linguistics explores the diverse and constantly expanding range of issues covered by this discipline.
  • Research in Applied Linguistics - This module explores the implications of research findings for future professional practice and aims to encourage the participants to exercise an enquiring approach in their future career.
  • Dissertation - The dissertation is an opportunity to explore a particular aspect of translation in depth.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.


Visit the Applied Linguistics: Translation (MA) page on the York St John University website for more details!

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