MA Translation Studies

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

Every student on our MA 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 translation. You'll learn professional techniques and strategies. And we'll show you how to use industry standard software.

You will also learn valuable transferable skills such as project management and self-directed research.

Core modules

  • Theories of Translation
  • Translation Technologies
  • One or two Translation or Translation Skills modules
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

A range including:

  • Approaches to Translation Genres
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Language in Context
  • Film Translation
  • Theories of Intercultural Communication
  • International 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

We don't have a fee for this course. Try this fee calculator or contact the department to check.

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Where your masters can take you

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, Doncaster Education College and the University of Leeds.

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.


Recent graduates work for SDL, Transact, the Big Word and the University of Leeds.

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.

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