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Translation Studies (MA)

Course Description

The course offers knowledge and expertise for students wishing to pursue a career as professional translators in the public and private sectors, or who are interested in the study of translation as a basis to pursue a PhD in such disciplines as translation studies, comparative literature, cultural studies or history. Training in translation also prepares students for careers in other language-related professions, including journalism, public relations or language teaching.

Specifically, the programme aims to:
~ Facilitate a full understanding of the development of the discipline of Translation Studies and of the practical translation market, and allow the pursuit of specialist or vocational interests within a general framework common to all students on the programme;
~ Acquaint students with the main theoretical issues in Translation Studies, and demonstrate how they have a bearing on students’ specialist area of study, be that the practical translation of literary, legal, medical or administrative texts, or the academic study of translation e.g. its theory and history, or the complex, cultural transactions it involves;
~ Develop a clear awareness of the problems of understanding and interpretation raised by the practice of translation through analysis of key texts in Translation Studies;
~ Promote the development of analytical, practical, evaluative, aesthetic and expository skills that will serve to address these problems in both applied and theoretical contexts;
~ Encourage the development of research skills specifically related to the student’s specialist area of interest in order, as appropriate, to prepare the theoretical and methodological groundwork for a dissertation or for an annotated translation project;
~ Foster skills in the balanced interpretation of the cultural and linguistic contexts for the practice of translation, in order to enable a solid grasp of the practical implications of political and cultural arguments in the context of Translation Studies;
~ Explore and promote the development of effective strategies for managing complex linguistic and cultural transactions.

The programme offers a balanced combination of theory and practice modules.

Part one consists of three compulsory modules:
Theory of Translation
Research Skills and Methods
All Languages Translation Class

The following optional modules are available:
Specialised Translation modules (Literary translation, Politics and Law, Business and Administration, Scientific and Technical Translation, Medical and Pharmaceutical Translation, Subtitling)
History of Translation
Body Politics in European Cultures
Translation of Minority Languages
Translation and Cultures
Translation and creative practice
A Training Placement module

Part two of the course requires either a research-based dissertation of 20,000 words or an annotated translation project comprising a translation of approximately 8,000 words in the source text and 12,000 words of reflective commentary.

Visit the Translation Studies (MA) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Laura Boyles (MA, Literature in European Cultures)

I wanted to continue studying in an area I had only looked at
briefly in my undergraduate French course. The possibility of
studying European literature appealed to me and, as I already knew the staff, I knew I would be able to make the most out of my studies if I stayed at Cardiff. Once I started my postgraduate degree, I found it very easy to obtain part-time work through the
Students’ Union Jobshop.

(Student Profile)

Tracey Morrison (MA European Studies)

"Studying at postgraduate level is different to undergraduate study, not only because you're doing so much more independent learning, but also socially. The facilities offered to postgraduates reflect this difference: the Graduate Centre is brilliant - it's been good having somewhere dedicated for postgraduates to meet up socially, or work in the reading room. Cardiff is also a fantastic city and I would love to stay here after my course has ended."

(Student Profile)

Gwenllian Lansdown (European Studies)

"I chose Cardiff because I know that it has a thriving political theory department and also because I wanted to study Welsh Nationalism. The postgraduate students in the School run regular Research in Progress seminars which give taught and research students the opportunity to develop their ideas in a forum setting."


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information



Santander Scholarship for European Studies or Translation Studies - 2 Awards

For 2015-16 the Cardiff School of Modern Languages is able to offer 2 competitive scholarships for Home and EU students (and an equivalent contribution towards fees for International students) for full-time Postgraduate study (pro rata part-time).The competitive scholarships are available to students wishing to study on a Masters Programme at the Cardiff School of Modern Languages (formerly School of European Languages, Translation and Politics). In 2015/16 we will be offering the following taught Master’s Degrees which are eligible for Scholarship funding: MA European Studies
MA Translation Studies

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500 (full-time)/£1250 p.a. (part-time)


Applicants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Spain and Portugal are eligible for funding. Students who are citizens of the listed countries but are currently studying at a British University may also apply.

Application Procedure

Please note you will not be eligible for funding until you are in receipt of an offer to study at Cardiff University.To apply please complete the separate application form. The completed form must then be submitted before the 1st September 2015.The deadline for applications is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates should possess or expect to obtain a relevant undergraduate languages degree at a minimum of upper second class honours (2:1) level. Applicants with alternative undergraduate degree backgrounds will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that they possess the appropriate linguistic skills and competences for the programme in the context of the written language test and interview.Suitable for graduates in language, translation studies, literature and disciplines broadly conceived to have a humanities focus.

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