BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting (4 year)

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

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

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • 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 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 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
Native Pathway- Compulsory General Language Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate languages/levels/medium of instruction, balancing TB1 and TB2. Students studying 2 languages at advanced level, must select Translation workshops in both languages. Students studying one advanced language and one intermediate language, must select the Translation Workshop in your advanced language.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLF210WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Gweithdy Cyfieithu
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)20French Language 2A
MLF270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2A
MLF270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 2B
MLF270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2B
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Almaeneg 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 2B
MLG270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2B
MLI210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Translation Workshop (Italian/English)
MLI260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian Language 2B
MLI270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian Language 2B
MLS210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Translation Workshop 2
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)20Spanish Language 2A
MLS270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 2A
MLS270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish Language 2B
MLS270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 2B
MLZ270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language A
MLZ270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language B
AND
Native Pathway- Compulsory Module 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Native pathway- please select this compulsory module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLT210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Translation Project
AND
Native Pathway- Compulsory Modules- Selective  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of the following

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
EN-260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying Dialect
ENA200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ENA202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children as Language Learners
Languages for All 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1x 20cr or 2x 10cr

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
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
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLF211WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes yr Iaith Ffrangeg
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vienna Underground: Subterranean Views of a Twentieth-Century City
MLG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
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
MLI248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema
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
MLS208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS208WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Evolution of the Spanish Language
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
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film
OR
AND
Non-native Pathway- Compulsory Modules- Selective 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate languages/levels/medium of instruction (total this section:80)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLF210WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Gweithdy Cyfieithu
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)20French Language 2A
MLF270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2A
MLF270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 2B
MLF270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2B
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Almaeneg 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 2B
MLG270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2B
MLI210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Translation Workshop (Italian/English)
MLI260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian Language 2B
MLI270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian Language 2B
MLS210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Translation Workshop 2
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)20Spanish Language 2A
MLS270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 2A
MLS270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish Language 2B
MLS270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 2B
MLZ270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language A
MLZ270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language B
AND
Non-native Pathway- Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1x 20cr or 2x 10cr

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
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
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLF211WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes yr Iaith Ffrangeg
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
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
MLI248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema
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
MLS208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS208WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Evolution of the Spanish Language
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
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

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

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1x 20cr of the MLT modules, and select Professional Purposes and Translation Workshop modules in each of your language pairs.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 3
MLF300WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 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 (English into Spanish)
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
AND

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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

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.