Translation, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • French
University of Geneva ,
This program aims to equip translators with skills to translate general and specialized texts written in a foreign language into their mother tongue or cultural language and to become conversant with translation theory and practice. Graduates of the Master’s in Translation will also have developed competence in computer translation tools and grounding in underlying techniques.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master in Translation offers four concentrations:
Specialised translation

This concentration introduces students to the translation of financial and legal texts (literary and scientific/technical texts are offered as electives). The areas of specialisation, law and economics, are a significant component. It provides students with advanced professional training in translation and is designed to develop the skills (textual, thematic, strategic, sociolinguistic and technological) needed to implement translation strategies that are tailored to each communication situation and up to professional standards. This concentration trains students to become professional translators capable of translating general and specialised documents into their mother tongue or primary language and leads to a variety of opportunities both nationally and internationally.

Specialised translation – focus on legal translation

Using the same methods as the specialised translation concentration, this concentration delves more specifically into legal translation. It is available to students with one or two passive languages and is contingent upon the completion of 60 credits in legal translation and law from the course list of the M.A. in Translation. The various components of these courses help develop a systematic approach, in each language pairing, to typical problems arising from legal texts and legal translation contexts.

Translation studies

A range of courses is offered under this concentration, covering key aspects of translation theory and practice. The topics of study consist of both basic and applied research from a professional and methodological perspective. Translation studies teaches students the main theoretical approaches to translation, enabling them to think critically about the processes involved in the act of translation and about the empirical reality of published translations. This concentration leads primarily to scientific research and post-secondary teaching.

Translation technologies

This concentration focuses on terminology and computer-assisted translation, which are now an integral part of translation and two key components of the profession. Computers are vital to managing terminological data and conducting research. This concentration revolves around four main areas, which are covered through a range of courses focused on both practice and research: IT tools for translator-terminologists, IT and basic linguistics, translation study tools and the multilingual internet. It is designed to train not only translator-terminologists and experts in new translation technologies but also experts in multilingual linguistic engineering, thus paving the way for new translation-related occupations.

All applicants must choose a combination of 2 to 3 languages for the concentrations in “Translation studies” and “Translation technologies”, and of 2 to 4 languages for the concentrations in “Specialised translation” and “Specialised translation – focus on legal translation”. Available languages are Arabic1, English, French, German, Italian, Russian2 and Spanish.

1 Only as an active language

2 Only as a passive language

Programme Structure

  • Required courses (Credits):
  1. Specialised translation: 75-100 credits
  2. Specialised translation – focus legal translation: 75-100 credits
  3. Translation studies: 75-90 credits
  4. Translation technologies: 75-90 credits
  • Electives (Credits):
  1. Specialised translation: 0-20 credits
  2. Specialised translation – focus on legal translation: 0-20 credits
  3. Translation studies: 5-20 credits
  4. Translation technologies: 5-20 credits
  • Core courses (Credits): Advanced translation and revision (15-45 credits)
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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A Bachelor in Multilingual Communication from FTI, provided that the language combination is the same. A degree in a similar field may be deemed equivalent, provided that the language combination is the same. Additional courses may be required depending on prior studies.

Applicants holding other university degrees must pass an entrance examination.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 460 International
  • EUR 460 EU/EEA
  • Tuition fee is 500 CHF per semester


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