BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting (4 year)

Course Overview

Building on established excellence in Swansea’s Department of Modern Languages, the degree provides high-level linguistic training in two languages and enables you to acquire vocational expertise in the theory and practice of translation.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Students acquire concentrated language proficiency and the knowledge of specialised business, legal or scientific/technical language.
  • The BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting is a four-year programme. It includes a year abroad spent at two (the two languages you study) of our partner institutions throughout Europe. These institutions are well-known translation schools or universities with special translation degrees.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
MLT100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concepts in Translation and Interpreting
Optional Modules
Advanced/Beginners Non-Native Language Pathway 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take the appropriate General Language modules (2 languages, 40 credits in each language). Select English-medium or Welsh Medium modules as appropriate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 1A
MLF160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1A
MLF160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 1B
MLF160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1B
MLG108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German for Beginners I
MLG109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German for Beginners II
MLG160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 1A
MLG160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 1B
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II
MLI160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 1A
MLI160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian Language 1B
MLS130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish for Beginners I
MLS130WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr I (Spanish for Beginners I - Welsh Medium)
MLS131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish for Beginners II
MLS131WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr II (Spanish for Beginners II - Welsh Medium)
MLS160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish Language 1A
MLS160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 1A
MLS160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish Language 1B
MLS160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 1B
MLZ100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1
MLZ101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 2
OR
Advanced/ Beginners Native Language Pathway 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate module (one pair in your non-native language)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 1A
MLF160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1A
MLF160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 1B
MLF160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1B
MLG108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German for Beginners I
MLG109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German for Beginners II
MLG160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 1A
MLG160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 1B
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II
MLI160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 1A
MLI160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian Language 1B
MLS130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish for Beginners I
MLS130WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr I (Spanish for Beginners I - Welsh Medium)
MLS131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish for Beginners II
MLS131WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr II (Spanish for Beginners II - Welsh Medium)
MLS160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish Language 1A
MLS160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 1A
MLS160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish Language 1B
MLS160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 1B
MLZ100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1
MLZ101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 2
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
Optional Modules
Advanced/Beginners Non Native Pathway 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take language modules at the appropriate level (2 languages 40 credits in each language) Choose English Medium or Welsh Medium modules as appropriate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 2A
MLF260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2A
MLF260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Language 2B
MLF260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Ffrangeg 2B
MLF270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2A
MLF270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2A
MLF270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2B
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MLI260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian Language 2B
MLI270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Italian Language 2A
MLI270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Italian Language 2B
MLS260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish Language 2A
MLS260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 2A
MLS260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Language 2B
MLS260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Sbaeneg 2B
MLS270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Spanish Language A
MLS270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLS270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish Language B
MLS270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2B
MLZ270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language A
MLZ270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language B
AND
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLG244Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema of the New Millennium
MLI204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postmodern Italian literature: Calvino, Eco and Fo
MLS208Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS208WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
OR
Native Language Pathway - Compulsory Modules selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take language modules at the appropriate level in the non-native language (40 credits) Choose English - Medium or Welsh - Medium modules as appropriate

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 2A
MLF260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2A
MLF260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Language 2B
MLF260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Ffrangeg 2B
MLF270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2A
MLF270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2A
MLF270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2B
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MLI260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian Language 2B
MLI270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Italian Language 2A
MLI270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Italian Language 2B
MLS260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish Language 2A
MLS260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 2A
MLS260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Language 2B
MLS260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Sbaeneg 2B
MLS270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Spanish Language A
MLS270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLS270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish Language B
MLS270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2B
MLZ270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language A
MLZ270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language B
AND
Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take both modules from below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
MLT210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Project
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one module from below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLS209Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Evolution of the Spanish Language

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : This module is compulsory for all students pursuing a degree involving a foreign language. It gives students the opportunity to increase their language skills and familiarize themselves with other culture(s).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (Languages, Translation and Interpreting)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLT317Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Translation Work Experience for BA Students
MLT318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Terminology Management
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules Selective - Interpreting 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : MLT310 is not available for Mandarin, MLT320 is only available for Mandarin and Spanish

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police)
MLT320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Business Option
AND
Compulsory Modules Selective PP and Translation workshop 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Translation Workshop (2 x 10 credits) and Professional Purposes (2 x 10 credits) in each language. choose English-Medium or Welsh-Medium modules as appropriate. NOTE: Mandarin Students select MLZ203 (20 credits) in TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 3
MLF310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French Translation Workshop 3
MLF310WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Gweithdy cyfieithu 3
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3
MLI302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian for Professional Purposes 3
MLI310ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (Italian/English)
MLS304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 3
MLS310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (Spanish into English)
MLZ303Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Chinese-English Translation Theory and Practice
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 20 credits. Take one pair of modules - If you choose MLT301A, Choose MLT301B OR choose 1 20 credit module. Choose English-Medium or Welsh-Medium modules as appropriate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
MLF305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intersectional Identities in Contemporary French Cinema
MLF325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll
MLF330ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 3A
MLF330AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3A
MLF330BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 3B
MLF330BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3B
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema in the New Millennium
MLI301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Italian General Language 3A
MLI301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian General Language 3B
MLI304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postmodern Italian literature: Calvino, Eco and Fo
MLS300ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish General Language 3A
MLS300BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish General Language 3B
MLS300BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3B
MLS307Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hispanic Identities
MLS307WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hunaniaethau Sbaeneg eu hiaith
MLT301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Project (Sem 1)
MLT301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Translation Project (Sem 2)

Description

Studying Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting gives you the opportunity to work intensively with three languages. If you have a UK qualification, two languages would be English and your A level language and you can then start a new language without prior knowledge. You will not only acquire a high level of knowledge in foreign languages, but also refine the command of your native language. This gives you access to foreign cultures through the communication with people representing these cultures themselves. 

Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting also offers excellent job perspectives. The increase in international contacts means that more and more well-qualified translators are necessary. With a good qualification in translation you can get a share in a world-wide, multi-billion market.

Language pairs - (some available subject to demand)

  • German - English
  • English - German
  • French - English
  • English - French
  • Italian - English
  • English - Italian
  • Spanish - English
  • English - Spanish
  • Welsh - English
  • English - Welsh
  • Mandarin - English 

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Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer is BBB at A-level or equivalent. We require a B grade in a relevant A-level language. 

All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.

The Welsh Government’s priority is to increase take up of modern foreign languages in Higher Education (Bilingual plus 1 policy). Therefore to support this priority, candidates, applying for Single Honours or Joint combined Language degrees or Modern Languages and Translation and Interpreting will receive an unconditional offer if their predicted achievement meets or exceeds our entry requirements, there is a record of success in a relevant GCSE and they hold Swansea University as their firm choice.soffer text

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,600

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

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.

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

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quote

“I graduated from Swansea University with a First Class Honours Degree in Translation. I studied Italian and Russian, and so I also chose to study literature, history, computerised translation techniques, linguistics and lexicography. I now have a successful translation agency with a fellow Graduate. The decision to do the degree was truly the best I have ever made; it taught me to be professional and attentive in everything I do, and gave me the confidence to go out and achieve my goals.”

 Rachel Bryan, Modern Language, Translation and Interpreting Graduate

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International
  • Wolfestone Translation Company
  • Freelance Translator

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA Translation and Interpreting
  • MA Chinese-English Translation and Language Teaching

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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