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.

I’ve been working as a freelance translator but I found that many translation agencies prefer it if a person has a special translation qualification, so that’s why I chose Sheffield University.

Martin Repecky, MA Translation Studies graduate

About the course

Course description 2017

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).

School of Languages and Cultures

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

A range including:

  • Approaches to Translation Genres
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Language in Context
  • Film Translation of Literary Classics
  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • International Management
  • International Project Management
  • Enhanced Languages
  • Critical Reading and Writing at MA Level
  • Theory and Practice of Subtitling 1

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops. You’ll be assessed by essays, presentations, practical translation technologies projects, translation assignments, a translation exam and a dissertation.

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

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

T: +44 (0)114 222 0631

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.