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Translation and Professional Communication Skills (MA)

University of Southampton

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Learn how to communicate across different languages and cultures on this MA in Translation and Professional Communication Skills. On this UK master’s degree you'll gain specialist knowledge in translation, mediation and interpreting. You'll be well prepared for a career in multicultural and multilingual settings.

On this UK master’s course at the University of Southampton, you'll get to choose from range of specialist modules, including:

  • translation
  • mediation
  • interpreting
  • subtitling
  • professional writing and editing

This master’s degree in translation and professional communication skills combines theoretical learning with practical exercises to develop skills you’ll need for a range of multilingual and multicultural environments. As well as working with translation theorists and practitioners, you'll study with experts in cultural and literary studies, history, ethnography and anthropology.

You’ll also get the chance to use software such as Trados and memoQ - widely used in language-related professions - and familiarise yourself with industry-standard interpreting equipment.

An optional placement module will give you the chance to apply what you’ve learnt to a work environment of your choice.

As a postgraduate student, you’ll be a member of the dynamic research environment here at Southampton. You’ll improve your knowledge through events hosted by the:

  • Centre for Transnational Studies
  • Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies
  • Centre for Global Englishes


The programme will give you the analysis, communication and critical thinking skills to do well in a wide range of careers. You’ll learn about what working across cultures entails, so you’ll be well suited to work in multicultural and multilingual environments. If you want to continue an academic career, you’ll benefit from our department’s track record in securing places and funding for postgraduate research.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    36th out of 122 17

    14th out of 97 1

    4th out of 33

  • Entry standards

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    143 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%


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    140 70%


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  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%


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    / Max 222
    174 83%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%


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