MA Translation Studies

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our courses are about overcoming language barriers. An MA from Sheffield prepares you for a career in a multilingual workplace.

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

We work with colleagues from a range of disciplines to create courses that prepare you for an international, multilingual career.

About the course

You'll study modern languages in the context of the history and current theory of translation.

You'll learn how to use the standard strategies, procedures and techniques of translators, as well as enhancing
your interpretative and analytical skills.

We'll help you develop your ability to translate from at least one language (current translation options are: from English into Arabic, Chinese, Polish, and Italian or translation from Czech, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish into English).

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

Core modules

  • Concepts and Approaches in Translation
  • Translation Technologies
  • Translation Skills modules
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

A range including:

  • Approaches to Translation Genres
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Language in Context
  • Film Translation
  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • International Management
  • International Project Management
  • Enhanced Languages
  • Critical Reading and Writing at MA Level


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Small group work
  • Workshops

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School of Languages and Cultures

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

About us

We constantly review and revise our degrees to make sure you keep on top of the latest developments in the field. You'll learn academic theory and practical skills – and how to relate the two.

Sheffield is at the forefront of modern languages research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranks us among the top ten Russell Group universities for impact in this field. Recent projects include e-learning and knowledge exchange with industry, and three initiatives looking at language teaching and learning.

Our facilities

You can practise your English, French, German, Italian or Spanish with native speakers at our Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Our specially designed building has modern spaces for teaching and research.

We're right next to the other arts and humanities departments, and there are lots of opportunities to share ideas.

Your career

Our reputation for excellence means your MA will be highly respected by employers. You'll develop the skills to work in translation, culture and communication internationally or in the UK. Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers such as SDL, Transact, The Big Word, Kaplan, the University of Leeds, the State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Centre for French & Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and International Projects Director at a South Yorkshire College.

You may also choose to follow in the footsteps of students who have continued to PhD and have been awarded highly prestigious grants for PhD study such as Wolfson and WRoCAH scholarships.

Apply now

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