University of East Anglia UEA

University of East Anglia UEA

Literary Translation

This programme is unique in that it both combines translation practice with translation theory and also specifically looks at the link between the 2. Should translators know about theory? Does theory describe what translators do or is it a practical tool that the translator can use? These are some of the questions we consider throughout the programme, recently described by its external examiner Dr Francis Jones as 'deservedly a UK leader in literary translation studies'. Many of our MA students go on to become practising translators, or to teach translation. Others work in areas related to translation, such as publishing or the media. Students may work with any languages, as long as these include English. UEA is home to the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) and the international John Dryden Translation Competition.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good Honours degree at a minimum 2.1 level or equivalent. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose 1st language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components and 7.0 in writing, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries. For a full list of these, as well as the qualifications / tests that we will consider, please visit our website.

Course modules

Modules include: Stylistics for translators; translation theory; case studies; process and product in translation; dissertation module.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by essay, and there is a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation, either a translation with commentary or a critical essay.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available for UK, EU and international students; please see the website for full details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 12,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ East of England

Key information

Admission Office
Telephone number: 
01603 591515