MA Professional Translation (Extended)

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 2Yr FT
    MA 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

The MA in Professional Translation is an integrated programme designed to turn entrants with proven excellence in foreign languages into successful and marketable professional linguists.

• 240 credit (120 ECTS), Bologna-compliant programme
• 15-21 months f/t, 4 yrs p/t
• Year 2 can be study abroad

Key Features

Core skills:

  • Advanced Translation in 1 or 2 language pairs
  • European-recognised training in Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools

Specialisation options:

Interpreting, further technologies, terminology, multimedia, new/intermediate language.

Part 2 options include internship and year abroad.

Language pairs (subject to demand):

  • From English into: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Welsh
  • Into English from: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Welsh

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 2 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory modules 

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You MUST TAKE MLTM03 & MLTM05 plus ONE Advanced Translation Module. You may if you wish take a second advanced translation module which would count as an OPTIONAL module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLAM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English-Arabic)
MLFM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (French - English)
MLFM30Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - French)
MLGM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (German - English)
MLIM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (Italian - English)
MLIM30Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - Italian)
MLSM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (Spanish - English)
MLSM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation English to Spanish
MLTM03Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Translation Tools
MLTM05Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations of Translation and Interpreting
MLZM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - Chinese)
AND
Optional module choices 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select two or three modules from below to total 120 credits over all

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALEM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning
MLFM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners French for Postgraduate Students
MLFM07Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate French for Postgraduate Students
MLGM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners German for Postgraduate Students
MLGM72Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Academic German
MLIM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Italian for Postgraduate Students
MLSM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLSM07Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLTM07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference InterpretingArabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish
MLTM10Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police & Introduction to Court Interpreting)Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish
MLTM11Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Technologies
MLTM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Consecutive Conference InterpretingAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM17Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Translation Work Experience for MA Students
MLTM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Terminology Management
MLTM19Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Audiovisual Adaptation
MLTM20Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting-Business OptionAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM23Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Simultaneous Conference InterpretingAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Theory and Ethics Through the Ages

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

MA 4 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory modules 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You MUST TAKE MLTM03 plus ONE Advanced Translation Module. You May take the Advanced Translation Module in Year 1 OR Year 2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLAM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English-Arabic)
MLFM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (French - English)
MLFM30Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - French)
MLGM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (German - English)
MLIM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (Italian - English)
MLIM30Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - Italian)
MLSM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (Spanish - English)
MLSM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation English to Spanish
MLTM03Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Translation Tools
MLZM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - Chinese)
AND
Optional module choices 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select One or Two modules from below to total 60 over all

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALEM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning
MLFM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners French for Postgraduate Students
MLFM07Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate French for Postgraduate Students
MLGM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners German for Postgraduate Students
MLGM72Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Academic German
MLIM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Italian for Postgraduate Students
MLSM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLSM07Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLTM07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference InterpretingArabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish
MLTM10Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police & Introduction to Court Interpreting)Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish
MLTM11Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Technologies
MLTM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Consecutive Conference InterpretingAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM17Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Translation Work Experience for MA Students
MLTM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Terminology Management
MLTM19Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Audiovisual Adaptation
MLTM20Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting-Business OptionAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM23Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Simultaneous Conference InterpretingAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Theory and Ethics Through the Ages

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory modules 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You MUST TAKE MLTM05. If you did not take an a Advanced Translation Module in Year 1 please select one now.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLAM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English-Arabic)
MLFM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (French - English)
MLFM30Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - French)
MLGM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (German - English)
MLIM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (Italian - English)
MLIM30Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - Italian)
MLSM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (Spanish - English)
MLSM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation English to Spanish
MLTM05Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations of Translation and Interpreting
MLZM01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - Chinese)
AND
Optional module choices 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select One or Two modules from below to total 60 over all

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALEM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning
MLFM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners French for Postgraduate Students
MLFM07Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate French for Postgraduate Students
MLGM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners German for Postgraduate Students
MLGM72Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Academic German
MLIM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Italian for Postgraduate Students
MLSM06Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLSM07Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLTM07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference InterpretingArabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish
MLTM10Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police & Introduction to Court Interpreting)Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish
MLTM11Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Technologies
MLTM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Consecutive Conference InterpretingAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM17Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Translation Work Experience for MA Students
MLTM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Terminology Management
MLTM19Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Audiovisual Adaptation
MLTM20Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting-Business OptionAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM23Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Simultaneous Conference InterpretingAvailable in Spanish and Mandarin only
MLTM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Theory and Ethics Through the Ages

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 4 (Level 7 PGT)

Description

Part One – F/t: six 20-credit (10 ECTS) modules in two semesters (p/t in four):

Compulsory: Foundations of Translation and Interpreting, CAT Tools, Advanced Translation (pair 1).
Optional: Advanced Translation (pair 2), History and Theory of Translation, Interpreting, Translation Technologies, Subtitling/dubbing/audio description, Terminology, Simulated Translation Company, Digital publishing. Study a new language (French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish), or post A-Level language (French, German, or Spanish).

Part Two – Two elements totalling 120 credits (60 ECTS), taken in either order:

1: A choice of individual project of 60 credits (30 ECTS) (can be done over the summer):

  • Two Extended Translations with commentary;
  • Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words);
  • Internship (13 weeks full time, part time pro rata).

2: 60 further credits (30 ECTS) of Part 1 modules, or a second project.

Unique Part 2 alternative: METS year abroad. Students take 50 credits (25 ECTS) at two partner translation schools, with a 20 credit (10 ECTS) report for Swansea, leading to a double award: Swansea MA plus METS Diploma.

Weblink to Departmental subject page.

For more information download the MA Translation and Interpreting Handbook

Entry Requirements

A first degree, normally in Translation, a Language or a related subject, normally an upper second or above (or equivalent). As an alternative, we can accept a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience. Overseas students must be able to demonstrate English language competence at IELTS 6.5. level (or equivalent).

How To Apply

You can apply and upload your documents via the online system.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £4,750 £10,200
MA Part-time £2,350 £5,100

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Personal costs and costs for semester abroad.

Student Quote

‘After the internship that I completed through my European Master's in Translation with Language Technology [the original title of the extended MAPT] at a small translation company in Swansea, I took on a sales position with them. After three months as a sales executive, a project management role opened up in the company and I took it. As this role was in the certified translation department, I was able to build on the legal translation knowledge I had gained through my European Master's in TLT. My role involved completing some small translations in-house when time permitted and also reviewing the work of freelance translators and interns. I was also able to complete freelance translation work. After eighteen months, I moved to SDL to start an in-house translation role.

The MA programme gave me a solid basis from which to develop my translation career. I still refer back to notes I made during my degree, particularly from the advanced translation and language technology module. Breaking into the translation industry can be difficult but I feel that I had an advantage over graduates from other universities in that I had completed the translation work experience module, extended translation projects and an internship as part of my European Master's in TLT. Having a focus on CAT tools was useful as I was able to practice applying the skills I had learnt in the language technology module in different translation situations. My knowledge of CAT tools was valuable to the operations management team during my project management role and it is now vital for me as a translator at SDL International. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to enter the translation industry."

Jennifer Green 

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