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Translating for Business and International Institutions - MA


Aston University School of Languages and Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2-3 years part time

About the course

This innovative programme - which offers specialist coaching in translation from Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, French, Spanish or German - prepares you both for a professional career in the global language industry and for ongoing research. You will learn about the business of translation from professionals working in the industry and gain practical, hands-on, experience through our placement module, leaving you ready for the transition from freelance translator to company director.

Course Outline

Our core and optional modules will prepare you for a professional career in the global language industry. With the right combination between theory and practice, we will cover all the necessary aspects to succeed in the translation market at an international level.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 degree in Translation Studies or in French and/or German and/or Spanish and/or Portuguese and/or Arabic and/or Chinese or a related subject (e.g. Linguistics, English, Literature, etc). You will need to indicate a minimum level of competence as equivalent to CEFR C1 in the language other than English that you plan to study.


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Assem Baidildinova

One of the reasons why I chose the MA in Translation Studies at Aston is because the lecturers on the course are very well qualified. I was also impressed with the teaching process at Aston, where theory is backed up by practice. I really came to appreciate this when I started work after finishing the course. The knowledge acquired on this course can be applied in real life, in a real working environment.

At the moment, I am working as a teacher at the department of General Linguistics and Translation Theory of the Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan. I teach and instruct translation studies students. I also do interpreting and translating from English into Kazakh and Russian, and vice versa. I can apply the knowledge acquired during my MA both in theory and in practice. My MA has also helped me to get promoted at work and to start to see myself as an expert in my field.'


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