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MA in Professional Translation

Swansea University
Program overview
1-3 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
16,800 GBP
September 2022

16,800 GBP
September 2023

16,800 GBP
September 2024

Program description

MA in Professional Translation

The MA in Professional Translation (MAPT) will develop you from an excellent foreign language speaker into a successful professional linguist.

MAPT (previously Translation with Language Technology) is part of the European Master’s in Translation Network, which currently has 64 members throughout Europe. Swansea University is the only member in Wales.

You will undertake advanced translation work on general, administrative and technical text, and training in industry-standard Computer-Assisted Translation tools.

The first part of the degree includes opportunities to develop specialised skills in public service interpreting, audiovisual translation, machine translation and software localisation, terminology management, video making or digital publishing.

In the translation work experience module you simulate translation companies by working with local translation businesses and delivering on real commissions to professional standards.

In the second part of the degree, you are presenting with a choice of two extended translations, or an academic dissertation, or a 13-week internship at a translation company in the UK or overseas.

Language pairs (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

This course is also available in Part time basis with 3 years duration.

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Admission 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).

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Program content

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Optional Modules

  • Cyfieithu Uwch (Saesneg i Gymraeg) / Advanced Translation (English to Welsh)
  • Cyfieithu Uwch Technegol (Saesneg i Gymraeg) / Advanced Translation Technical (English to Welsh)
  • Advanced Translation (German - English)
  • Advanced Translation (English - Italian)
  • Advanced Translation (Spanish - English)
  • Advanced Translation English to Spanish
  • Translation Tools
  • Foundations of Translation and Interpreting
  • Advanced Translation (English - Chinese)
  • Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning
  • Cyfieithu ar y Pryd
  • Arabic 1 for Postgraduate Students
  • Arabic 2 for Postgraduate Students
  • Beginners French for Postgraduate Students
  • Intermediate French for Postgraduate Students
  • Beginners German for Postgraduate Students
  • Beginners Italian for Postgraduate Students
  • Beginners Spanish for Postgraduate Students
  • Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students
  • Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting
  • Translation Technologies
  • Consecutive Conference Interpreting
  • Consecutive Conference Interpreting
  • Translation Work Experience for MA Students
  • Terminology Management
  • Audiovisual Adaptation
  • Simultaneous Conference Interpreting
  • Translation Theory and Ethics Through the Ages
  • Beginners Mandarin Chinese for Postgraduate Students 1
  • Beginners Mandarin Chinese for Postgraduate Students 2
  • Dissertation (Translations and Analysis)
  • Dissertation (Research)
  • Internship for Translation and Interpreting.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees


  • Full Time: £7,650 per year
  • Part Time: £2,650 per year


  • Full Time: £16,800 per year
  • Part Time: £5,600 per year

Career opportunities

Professional Translation Employment Opportunties

Graduates from this course enter a range of different translation and interpreting roles. Many also undertake research degrees and pursue a career in academia.

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Swansea University

Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
United Kingdom

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