BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    Q910
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview


Our preferred offer is ABB-BBB at A-level but offers are made on review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. We will guarantee you an offer based on A-level, tariff points or a range of advanced level qualifications.

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 a personal tutor 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
ENA101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
MLT100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concepts in Translation and Interpreting
Optional Modules
Advanced/Beginners Students 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take the appropriate General Language modules (2 languages, 40 credits in each 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
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr 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/ Beginner Student One Language Pathway 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take the appropriate General Language module (40 credit).

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
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr 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
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2x 10 credits. Non-native speakers of English may take one of the following 'ALE' modules, in place of Languages for All.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ALE115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying the English Language
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
OR
OR
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
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr 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
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Either select TWO of the following 'ALE' modules OR select ONE of them and take in addition ONE of the Language for All modules listed below (in place of the general language module in your native language).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ALE115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying the English Language
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

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

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offer for UK applicants is BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in a Modern Language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,050

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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.

Changes to Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards

As a result of the sweeping changes to PGT funding already implemented for English domiciled students and now proposed for Welsh domiciled students, the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University is bringing the Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards to a close.  The scheme will continue to operate as was advertised for students who enrolled on undergraduate schemes up to and including September 2016.  The College intends to promote full details of future PGT funding sources to all students as soon as government policy becomes legislation.