M.A. Translation

  • Blended
  • 12 months
  • GBP14000 Year (International)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Bristol | Bristol, United Kingdom
This MA is a distance-learning Masters programme for aspiring or practising translators. It is suitable for Modern Languages graduates offering any one or two of the following languages, in addition to English: Czech, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. The MA combines intensive language-specific practice with training in the theory and practice of translation.

Description of Translation


This MA is a distance-learning Masters programme for aspiring or practising translators. It is suitable for Modern Languages graduates offering any one or two of the following languages, in addition to English: Czech, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. The MA combines intensive language-specific practice with training in the theory and practice of translation.

You will study interactively, as part of an online group, led by a tutor. The programme is taught entirely online and you are not expected to come to campus at all. However, you are just as much a member of the University as any other student and we are always delighted to welcome you to Bristol if you can get here.

Online group discussion means that we have a very lively and supportive learning community. If you need help on a one-to-one basis, tutors can support you in a number of different ways, using Skype, phone or email.

The University has close links with professional associations and helps students take advantage of internships in the EU and the UK where possible.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline August
Tuition fee
  • GBP 14000 Year (International)
  • GBP 6100 Year (EEA)

Part-time: UK/EU: £2,034;
overseas: £4,667
Fees stated are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode Blended
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 36 months
Part-time variant Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Diploma level

You must complete six taught units.

Core Units

  • Applied Translation in one of the available languages

  • Introduction to Specialised Translation in one of the available languages

  • Theories of Translation 1

Optional Units

Up to two further units from:

  • Applied Translation

  • Introduction to Specialised Translation

Up to three units from:

  • Computer-Assisted Translation

  • Theories of Translation 2

  • The Translation Industry

Please note that not all units may be offered in any one year and others may be substituted.

Masters level

The MA unit is open to any student who has successfully completed the Diploma part of the course with an average mark of 50 per cent or above. In order to obtain the MA, you must complete an annotated translation into English of a previously untranslated text of approximately 10,000 words in the original, or a dissertation on an aspect of literary translation or translation theory.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Translation

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in the relevant language(s). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

Work Experience for Translation

No work experience is required.

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