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MA Translation and Interpreting Studies


Course Description

The MA in Translation and Interpreting Studies combines theory
with practice, and offers a choice of
specialisms: Technical and Commercial
Translation, Audiovisual Translation, Literary
Translation and Cross-Cultural Pragmatics. The
first three specialisms prepare students for a
professional career while the fourth provides
the foundation for further research at PhD level.
Two features of the programme make it
distinctive: (i) the breadth of specialisms on
offer and (ii) the very wide range of language
combinations accommodated (approximately 25
offered as standard, with support arrangements
for many others available if required).

Compulsory course units make up 60 credits
and include units on Translation and
Interpreting Studies and Research Methods.
Optional Course Units (60 credits in total) are
available in Scientific and Technical Translation, Commercial Translation, Audiovisual Translation, Literary
Translation, Cross-Cultural Pragmatics, Translating for International Organisations, Translation of Religious Texts, Case Studies in Chinese-English, English-Chinese, Translation in the Arab World. All
course units are assessed by coursework essays
and/or practical tasks, some of which may
involve project work and presentations. The 12
- 15,000 word dissertation can report on a
research project or can comprise a translation
and commentary.

The MA in Translation Studies launched by The Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies in 1995 has been one of the longest-running and most prestigious postgraduate degrees offered by a UK institution. From 2007, this programme will be incorporating a number of interpreter-training courses, thus becoming an MA in Translation and Interpreting Studies (MATIS).

The MA in Translation and Interpreting Studies (MATIS) aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills for a career in translation or interpreting and for other professions which require expertise in cross-cultural communication. With its combination of theory and practice, it also provides excellent preparation for further study and research at PhD level.

The interpreting course units are offered in four language combinations: English-Chinese, English-French, English-German and English-Spanish. MA students come from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America; each year ten or more different languages are spoken by the MA group – a truly multilingual environment in the centre of Manchester!

In addition to the course units already available, the following are available (please note these are practice-oriented courses):

 Simultaneous Interpreting I
 Simultaneous Interpreting II
 Consecutive Interpreting I
 Consecutive Interpreting II

Visit the MA Translation and Interpreting Studies page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2i in a relevant subject. Students whose native language is not English will require either: (i) an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component or (ii) a TOEFL score of 100 internet-based test or (iii) a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component.

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