MA Screen Translation

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Sheffield is leading the debate on international development and the School of Languages and Cultures plays a key role.

We work with colleagues from all disciplines to create courses that prepare you an international, multilingual career.

About the course

As demand for professional screen translators soars, we're supplying the industry with high-quality graduates.

Every student learns how to translate from at least one foreign language into their own native language. We teach the following combinations:

  • English into Arabic, Chinese, Polish, Danish and Italian.
  • Czech, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish into English.

There are lectures, seminars and small-group workshops. Professionals contribute to the course and there are opportunities to work on research projects with partner organisations.

We'll give you a solid foundation in theories of screen translation. You'll learn professional techniques and strategies. And we'll show you how to use industry standard subtitling software.

Core modules

  • Theory and Practice of Subtitling
  • Advanced Translation of a Language (translation options are above)
  • Subtitling project
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Film Translation of Literary Classics
  • Introduction to Theories of Translation
  • Critical Reading and Writing at MA Level
  • Approaches to Translation Genres
  • Language in Context
  • Theories of Intercultural Communication


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Small group work
  • Workshops

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Chuandong Huang, postgraduate student in the School of Languages and Cultures

"The MA Screen Translation combines translation theory with practice; I have learned how to subtitle films into Chinese from English using professional software. Practice makes perfect. I need the theory to equip myself to make better subtitles, and make foreign films more accessible to people in China."

Chuandong Huang, MA Screen Translation

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 honours degree in a language related discipline (such as linguistics, literature or a language).

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


Recent graduates work for Adelphi Translations Ltd, Red Bee Media, the BBC and various subtitling companies in London and overseas.

About us

Our degrees are constantly reviewed and revised to make sure you keep on top of the latest developments in the field. You'll gain academic and professional knowledge, along with the skills to be able to relate theory to practice and vice-versa.

You can be confident that you’re studying at the forefront of modern languages. Staff regularly take part in collaborative, internationally renowned research projects. Recent work has included e-learning and knowledge exchange with industry, and three nationally funded initiatives looking at the development of teaching and learning.

Our facilities

You'll be based in our specially designed building that offers modern learning, teaching and research spaces. We're right next to other arts and humanities departments, creating opportunities for the crossover of ideas. You'll have access to shared computer facilities dedicated to postgraduate students, and excellent computer facilities across the University.

To help you maintain or develop speaking and listening proficiency in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, you can work in tandem with a native speaker to practise. Our Modern Languages Teaching Centre provides language services and teaching across the University to specialists and non-specialists.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Caroline Wordley
Postgraduate Secretary
T: +44 (0)114 222 0631