Qualification name:Translation Studies
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class honours degree or international equivalent) Native speakers of English should hold an honours degree in the foreign language they wish to study at MA level, at 2:1 level or above or an international equivalent.
Other requirements:Non-native speakers of English: if English is the intended target language, near-native proficiency is required(please see the IELTS or equivalent as described below). Dual non-native speakers should demonstrate near-native proficiency in one language and be very proficient in the other.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Part time details:2 years part-time
The MA Translation Studies programme at the University of Nottingham is designed both for professional translators and interpreters wishing to obtain a formal qualification, and for language graduates wishing to become translators or undertake further research studies. The course combines theoretical and practical training and makes use of our state-of-the-art translation and interpreting facilities.
This course offers two pathways: Translation Studies and Translation Studies (with Interpreting). Both pathways mainly consists of core modules which provide training in translation theory, technological tools, audiovisual and literary translation, between English and up to three of the following languages: Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Slovene, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish (though it should be noted that not all pathways or modules are available for all languages). Students enrolled on the Translation Studies (with Interpreting) pathway will also have the opportunity to attend a module providing an introduction to interpreting. Supervision for the Targeted Translation Project is available in a wide range of areas offering research guidance and advice from specialist staff. The students will also have regular opportunities to meet with professional translators.
Applicants wishing to take Chinese language should apply for the MA Chinese / English Translation and Interpreting programme.
The MA is structured around core modules taught in the Autumn and Spring semesters. The remaining time (Summer) is allocated to the preparation and submission of a Targeted Translation Project for submission by the end of September. If appropriate arrangements are made, the project may take the form of a practical exercise undertaken during a placement with a public body or charity
- Introduction to Translation Theory
- Introduction to Interpreting
- Audiovisual Translation
- Translating Texts
- Translator’s Toolbox
- Targeted Translation Project
For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.
If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.
More information about funding can be found on the following web pages.
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages
University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Many of our postgraduates have taken up academic posts in higher education institutions in the UK and abroad. Others have embarked upon careers in curriculum design, interpreting and translation, publishing and research.
Average starting salary and career progression
According to independent research, Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and over 2,000 employers approach the University every year with a view to recruiting our students. Consequently – and owing to our reputation for excellence – more than 94% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts enter employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation**.
* The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High Fliers Research.
** Data is taken from known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.
Career Prospects and Employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.