Durham University

Durham University

Arabic to English Translation and Interpreting

This course is ideal both for prospective professional translators and for those wishing to go on to further academic study, and it is internationally well respected for both of those purposes. The course is designed for both native speakers of Arabic, and speakers of English who have near-native competence in Arabic. The MA lasts for 12 months and it combines training in English to Arabic and Arabic to English translation with a special consideration of the theoretical issues involved in the process of translation. The MA modules are mainly taught in the Department of Arabic. Translation Theory and Research Skills for Translation Studies are offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC).

Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to have a BA degree (upper-second class degree or equivalent, that is, 60% or above overall) in a relevant subject, such as language, literature or linguistics. If you hold your degree in a non-language-related field, you may be admitted provided you can demonstrate that you have the required competence in English and Arabic.

We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications and further information on English language requirements, please contact our International Office or visit their website.

We will require two academic letters of reference. If these are not uploaded with your application, we will contact your referees directly. It would be useful if you could inform your referees to let them know that they will be approached for references by Durham University

Course modules

Core modules: obligatory for all students:
In 2016, core modules included:

Research Skills for Translation Studies (15 UCUs),
Translation Theory (30 UCUs),
Translation Practica Arabic>English, English>Arabic (30 UCUs),
Dissertation or Final Translation Project (60 UCUs),
Optional modules 1:
Students choose one module. In 2016, modules included:

History of Translation (15 credits),
Intercultural Project Management (15 credits),
Revising and Editing for Translators (15 credits),
Sociology of Translation (15 credits),
Translation Ethics (15 credits),
Optional modules 2:
Students choose two modules. In 2016, modules included:

Legal Translation, Arabic>English, English>Arabic (15 UCUs),
Interpreting, Arabic>English, English>Arabic (15 UCUs).

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include summative essays and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
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 Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 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

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