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Why choose this course

Originally launched in 1986, our recently updated Translation MA is one of the longest running in the world. Incorporating more than 30 years of experience in translator education, we attract students from all over the world.

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Entry Requirements

If you are a native English speaker, we require a minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in one of the languages listed below or in a related subject taught in one of these languages.

Native speakers of a relevant language (from the list below) require a degree in an arts, humanities or social science subject.

Relevant work experience to be considered by the faculty on a case-by-case basis.

The languages available in the programme (subject to demand) are:

Chinese (Mandarin)

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Student Profile(s)

Karolina Cisek-Ndlovu

"In lecturers, I mostly admired their practical approach to teaching and the valuable insights into the profession they shared with us."

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study MA Translation here?

When choosing the University I considered available courses, their reviews as well as the cost of the course and the location of the University. I was wavering between Imperial College and Surrey, but the more I looked into Surrey's offer, the more I became convinced that with its focus and location, Surrey will be the right place for me to gain practical and theoretical background needed in the professional world.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?

The strongest memory from Surrey I hold, is that of people I met there - fellow students, lecturers and staff alike. Everyone always seemed positive, open to others and happy to help. In lecturers, I mostly admired their practical approach to teaching and the valuable insights into the profession they shared with us. On the other hand, as students, we were also encouraged to work together and learn from each other. It was a great place to start life-long friendships in.

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey (or your course) to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?

The education offered by Surrey University is without a doubt of very high quality. As with anything else in life, a lot of course depends on the individual's motivation and focus on what they want to achieve. All the same Surrey gives many opportunities for professional development and personal growth making it easy for students to stay motivated and interested in the course.

How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey postgraduate, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?

The beauty of the course was that it not only taught us how to translate, but also made us aware of how the whole translation industry works, thus making us professionally aware. The insight into the industry made me aware that there are other career options than freelance translation and helped me realise and specify my long term career goals. It was during the course that I made a decision about the career I wanted and have been successfully pursuing it since.


The discount applies to:

September/October 2021 entrants
February 2021 entrants
February 2022 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters programmes are running with a February intake for the 2021/22 academic year.

Students graduating in the summer of 2021 may be eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII DUFE are eligible for this scheme. Associated Institution students are not eligible. This scheme is not available to modular self-pacing students.

This scheme is only open to 2021 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% tuition fee discount


If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 per cent discount on our taught postgraduate masters programme fees.

Application Procedure

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

For eligible students, the required pre-payment (deposit) of tuition fees due for 2021/22 will have to be paid in order to enrol on your programme, as previously detailed to you by the admissions team, then the twenty per cent discount (based on the full fee amount for 2021/22) is deducted from the remaining balance.

This means the tuition fee invoice, which will be emailed to your University email account sometime during October/November 2021 or February 2022 will reflect the actual balance due.

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Surrey is pleased to announce that we will be running the Surrey International Masters Scholarship for new masters students coming to Surrey in 2022 from seven different countries. Awards of £2,500 are available to all applicants holding a Surrey offer to study a full-time masters programme in February 2022, (except the Surrey MBA).

All successful offer holders will be awarded a tuition fee discount of £2,500 on the first-year fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



In order to be eligible, applicants must:

Be domiciled in India, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam or Ghana.
Hold an offer for a full-time masters programme (except MBA).
Meet all the conditions of your offer.
Be an overseas fee-paying student (this scholarship is not available for students eligible for UK fees).
Be self-funded (you must be paying for your studies independently rather than being sponsored or in receipt of another scholarship. You may, however, also be in receipt of the Surrey alumni discount).
Be registering on the first year of a full-time Masters programme with a February 2022 start date.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application for this scholarship. All offer holders will be considered against the stated criteria and, if successful, the award will be paid in the form of a tuition fee discount. This discount will not appear on your offer letter, but will be applied to your CAS letter.

For programmes of more than one year the award is payable for the first year of study only.

Final decisions on the eligibility of applicants and allocation of scholarships will be made by the University of Surrey’s International Student Recruitment Office.

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