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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Stag Hill

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Why choose this course

This is one of the longest-running MA Translation courses in the world.

Incorporating over 30 years of experience in translator education, our internationally recognised course focuses on professional translation, preparing you for a career in the language services industry.

The course has a strong practical component designed to suit the needs of the translation market today. We support ‘virtual internships’, which enable you to collaborate with language services providers and build a professional engagement portfolio to present to future employers.

The Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) is currently developing an ambitious new research programme which will place you at the very heart of future developments. This programme will inform our teaching, and provide a strong focus on the responsible integration of human and machine translation.

What you will study

You will build your language skills to become a professional translator or to work in other translation-related roles in the language industry.

More specifically, you will receive advanced training in translation-related competences, such as document preparation, information mining and using translation technologies (including machine translation). You will also study the nature of the language industry and learn how to navigate the professional/business, technological and theoretical aspects of translation.

You will practise specialised translation taught by professional translators, simulating real-life scenarios and covering different topics (for example: business, legal, scientific and technical translation). We offer Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish paired with English at specialist level (languages subject to teaching availability and/or student demand).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Local and international companies from the language industry who have an active interest in Surrey graduates come to our Centre for Translation Studies careers fair, providing a chance for you to engage with them directly and kick-start your career in an informal, friendly atmosphere.

Our emphasis on professional development means that you will be well-equipped to begin work as a language services provider or a freelancer at an international organisation, government body, or private company.

Application deadline

22 July 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,400per year

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

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University of Surrey

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    University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, England

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