University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Translation Studies (Distance Learning)

This is the distance learning version of a practical, accredited course designed for language graduates and practicing translators, which offers a formal qualification in translating between English and any of a range of languages. It has a strong practical orientation, embracing technology and research skills that are highly relevant to translation as a career.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. Applicants whose main language is English require advanced knowledge of at least 1 other language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) and English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Course modules

Core modules include: Theory and practice of translation; specialised translation; dissertation. Optional modules include: Professional aspects of translation; translation technologies; 2nd specialised translation; translation project; independent learning; technical writing for translators.

Assessment methods

Assessment is undertaken through coursework assignments or dossiers, presentations and/or in-class work. There are no formal end of year examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8299