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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 course. 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 Arabic, 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

MA: Applicants must have an upper-second class bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Students with a different academic background but significant professional experience in translation are also invited to apply. In such cases, we reserve the right to assess students' preparation for our course through a test. 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) - Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish- and in English. In some circumstances, we may require students to provide proof of language competency.

Course modules

Core modules; In 2018, core modules included: Research Skills for Translation Studies (15 credits); Translation Theory (30 credits); Specialised Translation Language 1 (Arabic, 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: Conference Interpreting Chinese - English (15 credits); Consecutive EnglishChinese Interpreting (15 credits); Editing and Revising for Translators (15 credits); History of Translation (15 credits); Interpreting Arabic - English; Linguistics for Translation; Specialised Translation Language 2 (30 credits); Translation Ethics and Intercultural Project Management (15 credits); Translation Work Placement (15 credits); World Literature and Translation.

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 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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