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A member of CIUTI, this vocational course is designed specifically for starting or advancing a career in translation, and covers specialist translation areas including law, politics, medicine, business, IT, media, subtitling and localisation.

It also includes work placement opportunities to give you a career headstart.

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The MA Translation is a member of the Conférence Internationale Permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI) - an international association of universities and institutes with translation and interpretation programmes.

Designed specifically for starting or advancing a career in translation, the course is open to qualified graduates and translators seeking a professional qualification in specialised translation to enhance their career.

The programme aims to equip students with the required knowledge and skills to succeed in the industry, where the need for qualified translators able to communicate complex, specialised material has never been greater. The course has a vocational emphasis on specialist translation, focusing on areas such as law, politics, medicine, business, IT media, subtitling and website and software localisation and translation of institutional documents.

You will have the opportunity to translate using the following languages paired with English (translating into mother language): Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

One of the strong features of the course is the work placement with reliable employers in the translation industry. The course also benefits from strong links with international organisations (EU and UN).

Here's a selection of translation technology software used in our courses:
-SDL Trados Studio
-SDL MultiTerm
-Wordfast Anywhere
-Crowdin - Localization Management Platform
-Memsource - The Translation Platform

Students are assessed via a variety of methods including translations, commentaries, essays, portfolios, work placement report and the MA dissertation.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Characteristics of Specialised Texts (core, 20 credits)
-Independent Research Project (core, 30 credits)
-Independent Translation Project (core, 30 credits)
-The Translator and the Specialised Text (core, 20 credits)
-The Translator and the Translation Process (core, 20 credits)
-Translation Tools and the Translator (core, 20 credits)
-Work Placement (core, 20 credits)
-Subtitling (option, 20 credits)
-Translating for International Organisations (option, 20 credits)
-Website and Software Localisation (option, 20 credits)

After the course

This course is an excellent preparation for career opportunities in translation agencies, EU and international institutions, multinational companies, news corporations, government bodies or work on freelance basis.

A substantial built-in part of the course is the work placement, which is an opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience with one of the many translation service providers in the UK and, whenever possible, with the UN and the EU. These placements may lead to longer-term work opportunities for our graduates.

Some of our students also go on to further advanced study (PhD).

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Visit the Translation - MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

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