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Overview

If you're a language graduate or practising translator, you can take your skills to postgraduate level with this MA Translation Studies degree course, accredited by the European Masters in Translation (EMT) network. This is a flexible course, that you can choose to study full-time, part-time or through distance learning.

On this course, you'll learn translation skills and get the technological and theoretical knowledge you'll need for a successful career. You can study around your existing professional and personal commitments by choosing between full-time, part-time, campus-based and distance learning options.

The flexible nature of this course means that you can work towards one of the following exit awards, depending on the number of credits and length of your study:

  • MA in Translation Studies (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies (120) credits
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Translation Studies (60) credits

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work as a translator in the UK or abroad, or to pursue further studies, such as a PhD.

You can start this course in September or January (distance learning option only).

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Specialise in translation between English and your choice of language, from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian or Spanish
  • Learn the basics of staff, agency and freelance translation work
  • Choose from topics including Translation Technologies and Subtitling, Technical Communication and Intercultural Communication
  • Learn through a combination of workshops (either on campus or via distance learning), tutorials and virtual learning, including email, Skype and telephone communication with tutors
  • Combine practice and theory to get you ready for the workplace
  • Get the chance to complete a work placement report (or confirmation of prior learning) through the Professional Portfolio option
  • Graduate with a professional qualification that's recognised by the European Masters in Translation Network

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • 1 to 1 tutorials
  • online learning materials
  • blended learning

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • translations
  • essays
  • projects

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Career options when you graduate include:

  • Translation project management
  • Translation
  • Freelance Translation
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Further research

Other graduates have continued their studies to PhD level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Visit the MA Translation Studies (Distance Learning) page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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