Our Translation Studies MA is designed for people who would like to start a career as professional translators, for translators who would like to further develop their skills, or for anyone who is interested in translation and cross-cultural communication as an area of research. Translation practice is at the heart of the programme and you will undertake extensive practical and specialised translation in Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. The programme offers training in state-of-the-art translation technology and the opportunity to study another foreign language at beginners, intermediate or advanced level. There is a wide range of optional modules focusing on theory and methodology, meaning that this MA also provides excellent preparation for further study at PhD level.
The programme is available to students who are proficient in English and one of the following languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian.
The core programme content offers ample opportunity for translation practice. You will study four core modules:
- Introduction to Translation
- Practical Translation (language combinations as above)
- Specialised Translation (language combinations as above)
- Research Methods
You will also choose three optional modules from a range which includes:
- Translation Technology
- Translation in a Professional Context
- Contemporary Translation Theory
- Translation and Literary Markets
- Corpus Linguistics for Translators
- Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced Language
- Practical Translation (in an additional language to that chosen for your core module)
- Specialised Translation (in an additional language to that chosen for your core module)
- Intercultural Communication
- Describing Language
- Discourse, Culture and Communication
You will also complete a Translation Studies dissertation (15,000 words) or an Extended Translation Project.
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Graduates of the MA in Translation Studies go on to a variety of interesting careers, from working as translators and project managers for major language service providers, to running their own translation companies, or staying on in Birmingham to do doctoral research.
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2:1 Honours degree in English, Modern Languages or other related subject. Applicants must be proficient in English and one of the following languages: Arabic; Catalan; Chinese; French; German; Greek; Italian; Spanish; Portuguese or Russian
£7,200 FT, £3,600 PT, £970 per module, £2,910 dissertation (DL) (UK/EU); £14,850 FT, £970 per module, £2,910 dissertation (DL) (overseas)