Swansea University

Swansea University

Professional Translation

This is an integrated programme designed to turn entrants with proven excellence in foreign languages into successful and marketable professional linguists. The MAPT belongs to the European Master's in Translation Network which currently has 54 members throughout Europe. At the core of this course lies advanced translation work on general, administrative and technical text types, and training in industry-standard Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools. Part 1 of the degree also includes opportunities to develop specialised skills in Public Service Interpreting, audiovisual translation, machine translation (MT) and software localisation, terminology management, video making or digital publishing, while in the translation work experience module students form simulated translation companies, working with local translation businesses, and undertake real commissions to professional standards and deadlines.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1) in modern languages, translation, interpreting or a related subject. As an alternative, a minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience will be accepted. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Foundations of translation and interpreting; translation tools; advanced translation. Optional modules: Advanced translation; history and theory of translation; interpreting, translation technologies; audiovisual adaptation (subtitling, dubbing, audio description); terminology management; translation work experience, or (subject to numbers) video and documentary making, or visual communication and media design. There is also the option to study a new language intensively (French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish), or to pick up again at intermediate level a language (French, German, or Spanish) not studied since secondary school.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 1,900 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MA Part-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Singleton Park, Swansea Swansea SA2 8PP Wales

Key information

College of Arts and Humanites Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
01792 606752