Durham University

Durham University

Translation Studies

Students on the MA in Translation Studies choose between a more theoretical and a more practical pathway; both pathways include translation practice and examination(s) for professional accreditation. The Durham MATS has been a member of the European Masters' in Translation (EMT) network since 2011. The network is an initiative of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation and EMT network membership acknowledges the high quality of the MA programme. Core modules engage with theoretical questions and with current translation practices. Students are trained to use translation technologies. Specialised Translation modules are offered from/into English and Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. The final examinations of the Specialised Translation modules are externally moderated by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) and may lead to exemption from Unit 1 of the Diploma in Translation (DipTrans), the professional-standard qualification in the UK.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have: an upper-second class bachelor degree or equivalent.
Students should possess at least level C1, and preferably C2, of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or equivalent for non-European languages) - in their chosen language(s) - Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish or Turkish - and in English.

Course modules

Core modules:
In 2016, core modules included:

Research Skills for Translation Studies (15 credits),
Translation Theory (30 credits),
Specialised Translation Language 1 (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish) from and into English (30 credits),
Core dissertation/project.
Students choose 60 credits. Modules have previously included:

Translation Studies Dissertation (60 credits),
Extended Translation Project (60 credits),
Translation Project 1 (30 credits) + Translation Project 2 (30 credits),
Optional modules:
Students choose 45 credits. Modules have previously included:

Specialised Translation Language 2 (30 credits),
History of Translation (15 credits),
Translation Ethics and Intercultural Project Management (15 credits),
Revising and Editing for Translators (15 credits),
Sociology of Translation (15 credits),
Translation Work Placement (15 credits),
Consecutive English-Chinese Interpreting (15 credits),
Simultaneous English-Chinese Interpreting (15 credits).

Assessment methods

Core modules engage with theoretical questions and with current translation practices. Students are trained to use translation technologies. Specialised Translation modules are offered from/into English and Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

The final examinations of the Specialised Translation modules are externally moderated by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) and may lead to exemption from Unit 1 of the Diploma in Translation (DipTrans), the professional-standard qualification in the UK.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Modern Languages and Culture
Telephone number: 
0191 334 2630