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MA Translation

University of Bristol
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
On campus
September 2021

Program description

MA Translation

This is a distance-learning master's programme for aspiring or practising translators. It is suitable for graduates in any discipline offering one or more of the following languages in addition to English: French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. Translation on the programme is predominantly into English. The MA combines language-specific practice with training in translation theory and translation technologies.

You will study interactively, as part of an online group led by a tutor. The programme is taught entirely online and you are not required to come to campus. Our library has an excellent stock of e-books and e-journals on translation. However, you are just as much a member of the University as any other student and we would be delighted to welcome you to Bristol if you wanted to visit. We organise a programme of talks and seminars each year.

Admission requirements

Upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant language (French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish), or any other subject, provided the language(s) qualifications of study are equivalent to a minimum score of C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level: Profile C

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Theories of Translation
  • Dissertation (MA Translation)

Year 1 Part-time

  • Theories of Translation

Year 2 Part-time

  • Dissertation (MA Translation)

Year 3 Part-time

  • Dissertation (MA Translation)
  • Theories of Translation

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Students enroled part-time must take at least 40 credits per year. This programme is delivered via distance learning. No on-campus attendance is necessary.

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fees for 2021/22

  • UK: full-time - £9,100
  • UK: part-time (two years) - £4,550
  • Overseas (including EU): full-time - £20,000
  • Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time - £9,100
  • UK: full-time (PG Dip) - £6,100
  • Overseas (including EU): full-time (PG Dip) - £15,600
  • Channel Islands/IoM: full-time (PG Dip) - £6,100


Awards available: MA , PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)

Career opportunities

Students who complete the MA in Translation commonly go into careers as freelance or in-house translators, editors or project managers. Some students who complete the programme continue to doctoral study.

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University of Bristol

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University of Bristol

Tyndall Avenue
BS8 1TH Bristol

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