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Translation Studies, MSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
12-24 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Translation Studies, MSc

If you have a flair and ear for languages, you may want to study and put your skills to good use in new situations and settings. With demand growing for qualified graduates, a Translation Studies MSc can open doors to a range of exciting international and national careers as well as self-employment options globally.

Admission requirements

Students are required to have a good 2.1 degree in one or more of the languages offered in Aberdeen’s Translation.

Qualifications for entry: A degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.

Adding a CV to your application is optional.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Program content

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Language - Specific Translation Portfoli
  • Key Concepts and Methods in Translation Studies
  • Editing, Proofreading and Reviewing for Translators

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Language - Specific Translation Portfolio

Optional Courses

Plus 3 courses from the below:

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Additional Language - Specific Translation Portfolio
  • Literary Translation
  • Translation Technology
  • Professional Skills for Translators
  • Interpreting

Semester 3

MSc students also write a dissertation/translation project of 12-14,000 words.

Compulsory Courses

  • Dissertation in Translation Studies


  • EU / International Students: £19,400
  • Home / RUK: £9,200

Career paths

Career Opportunities

  • Editor
  • Lecturer
  • Professional Translator (Freelance, In-House)
  • Project Manager
  • Proofreader
  • Researcher
  • Teacher

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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Contact info

University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK


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