MA Professional Translation

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

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

Key Features

The MAPT belongs to the European Master's in Translation Network  which currently has 64 members throughout Europe with Swansea University being the only EMT member in Wales. 

At the core of the MAPT lies advanced translation work on general, administrative and technical text types, and training in industry-standard Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools. Part 1 of the degree also includes opportunities to develop specialised skills in Public Service Interpreting, audiovisual translation, machine translation (MT) and software localization, terminology management, video making or digital publishing, while in the Translation Work Experience module students form simulated translation companies, working with local translation businesses, and undertake real commissions to professional standards and deadlines.

These different skills come together in a choice of Part 2 projects: either two Extended Translations of the student’s choice, or an academic Dissertation, or a 13-week Internship in a translation company, in the UK or abroad.

Language pairs (available subject to demand):

  • German > English
  • English > German
  • French > English
  • English > French
  • Italian > English
  • English > Italian
  • Spanish > English
  • English > Spanish
  • Welsh > English
  • English > Welsh
  • English > Arabic
  • English > Mandarin


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLTM03Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Translation Tools
MLTM05Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations of Translation and Interpreting
Optional Modules
Optional Module choices 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select three 20 credit modules from below. Please note the differing teaching blocks. Some modules are taught in TB1, some in TB2 and several run accross both teaching blocks. Students are encouraged to select an equal number credits in each TB overall.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALEM21Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discourse Analysis for ELTModule offered by the Department of English Language and Literature subject to capacity.
CY-M04Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfieithu Uwch (Saesneg i Gymraeg) / Advanced Translation (English to Welsh)
CY-M05Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfieithu Uwch Technegol (Saesneg i Gymraeg) / Advanced Translation Technical (English to Welsh)
ENAM12Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and LearningModule offered by the Department of English Language and Literature subject to capacity.
MLAM01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English-Arabic)
MLCM35Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Catalan Language and Translation for MA Students
MLFM01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (French - English)
MLFM06Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners French for Postgraduate Students
MLFM07Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate French for Postgraduate Students
MLFM30Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - French)
MLGM01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (German - English)
MLGM06Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners German for Postgraduate Students
MLGM07Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate German for Postgraduate Students
MLGM30Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - German)
MLGM72Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Academic German
MLIM01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (Italian - English)
MLIM06Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Italian for Postgraduate Students
MLIM30Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - Italian)
ML-M10Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gender and Humour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
MLSM01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (Spanish - English)
MLSM03Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation English to Spanish
MLSM06Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLSM07Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLTM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translating Sacred Texts
MLTM07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting
MLTM10Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police & Introduction to Court Interpreting)
MLTM11Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Technologies
MLTM17Semester 1 and 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 Option
MLTM30Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Local Government Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting
MLZM01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English - Chinese)
MLZM06ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Beginners Mandarin Chinese for Postgraduate Students 1only to be selected in conjuction with MLZM06B
MLZM06BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Beginners Mandarin Chinese for Postgraduate Students 2only to be selected in conjuction with MLZM06A


Part One – Full-time students take three 20-credit (10 ECTS) modules in each of two academic semesters, while part-time students can distribute the same work flexibly over four semesters. There are three compulsory modules: Foundations of Translation and Interpreting, Translation Tools, and one Advanced Translation module from the range of language pairs listed above. Students then choose three optional modules. These include: a second Advanced Translation module, History and Theory of Translation, one or two modules in Interpreting, Translation Technologies, Audiovisual Adaptation (subtitling, dubbing, audio description), Terminology Management, Translation Work Experience, or (subject to numbers) Video and Documentary Making, or Visual Communication and Media Design. There is also the option to study a new language intensively (French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish), or to pick up again at intermediate level a language (French, German, or Spanish) not studied since secondary school.

Part Two - An individual project of 60 credits (30 ECTS) which full-time students undertake over the summer (by 15 September), while part-time students have up to a further year. The project can take three forms:

  • Two Extended Translations with commentary. These are chosen by the student and offer the opportunity to develop domains of specialisation. At least one must be technical and must be performed using a major CAT tool; or
  • Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words). This can be, for instance, on a topic in Translation Studies, a comparison of two or more published translations, terminology research in a specialised domain, or an investigation into aspects of translation technology. The dissertation offers excellent preparation for PhD work, but can also be a valuable indicator of professional expertise (e.g. in terminology or CAT tools); or
  • Internship (13 weeks full time, part time pro rata). This is the most vocational option and can be undertaken either in the UK or abroad. We make our extensive list of professional contacts available to students but they must make their own application to companies and pass admissions tests. A successful internship may turn into a first job.

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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).

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,100 £14,500
MA Part-time £2,050 £4,850

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: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

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

Student Quote

“After graduating from Swansea University with a First Class Honours BA Translation degree, I decided to study the MA in Professional Translation (previously Translation with Language Technology) and I also set up a translation business, Veritas, with a fellow graduate. Our business was successful from the outset, and we have experienced high rates of growth year on year. Veritas has won numerous awards, including the HSBC International Business Award in 2010, and we work with companies such as the British Red Cross, Nokia and the NHS. We now employ 9 members of staff and are still growing rapidly. Companies love to work with us, as they can see our passion for language and communication with other cultures. For me, it was a dream to study near the sea, and I loved Swansea so much that I made it a permanent home for my family”.

Rachel Bryan

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