University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Translating Cultures

This course offers students the opportunity to study how cultures translate across a range of fields; critically combining the disciplines of translation and cultural studies, it breaks new ground both practically and theoretically in exploring a variety of different issues across the humanities and social sciences; it gives students the opportunity to shape the emerging field of translating cultures through independent in-depth research, and appeal if students aspire to work at the cutting edge of debates and practices dealing with cultural interaction and transformation in the contemporary world; modules are taught and supervision given by expert staff who are specialists in a number of languages and disciplines, giving students the chance to follow particular themes in areas that most interest them; recent work by staff includes books and articles on issues in translation, literature, migration, gender, religion, visual culture and museum studies to name a few, in chinese, french, german, russian, spanish and other cultures; this course is intended to give students sophisticated critical and methodological skills and a widely applicable knowledge of transcultural concepts and processes; this enables further study at MPhil or PhD levels, but is also particularly relevant to a range of professions in the media, translation, and cultural industries, and for working in governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Entry requirements

Students are normally required to have a 1st degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. If their 1st language is English, they need to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of at least one foreign language (Chinese, French, German, Spanish or Russian). If their first language is not English, they need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Translating cultures; research dissertation.

Assessment methods

The course is delivered and assessed in English, so all applicants demonstrate fluency in academic English; applicants whose 1st language is not English are required to provide proof of competence in English; this normally take the form of either an: international English language testing service (IELTS) score of at least 6.5, or a test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) score of 600; applicants whose 1st language is English have to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of at least 1 foreign language (Chinese, French, German, Spanish, or Russian); all applicants are required to complete the postgraduate application form; applications must be supported by: either an academic reference written on university headed paper by an academic familiar with the applicant's abilities and other qualities, or a professional/employment reference, where an applicant wishes to be admitted on the basis of a recognised professional qualification and a demonstrable level of work experience, on appropriate note paper by a professional/employer familiar with the applicant�s abilities and other qualities; applications from mature candidates are welcomed.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MRes Part-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Regent Street Westminster W1B 2UW South East

Key information

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