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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Gain core training in the theory and practice of translation and work in a language that suits you.

Our MA in Translation Studies offers core training in the theory and practice of translation, and complies with the European Master’s in Translation guidelines produced by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Translation.

The aim is to provide you with a full understanding of the development of the discipline of translation studies and of the translation industry, allowing you to pursue specialist or vocational interests within a general framework.

We’ll introduce you to the main theoretical issues of translation studies which will allow you to demonstrate how they have a bearing on your specialist area of study, be that the practical translation of literary, legal, medical or administrative texts, or the academic study of translation e.g. its theory and history, or the complex, cultural transactions it involves.

You’ll gain an awareness of the problems of understanding and interpretation raised by the practice of translation and explore them in relation to key theoretical approaches. As a result, you’ll develop analytical, practical, evaluative, aesthetic and expository skills that will serve to address these problems in both applied and theoretical contexts.

The programme also offers grounding in different forms of specialised translation, including interpreting, computer-assisted translation and subtitling. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain experience of different aspects of the translation industry through a series of guest lectures by leading practitioners and tailored placements with a range of national and international employers.

We’ll encourage you to develop research skills specifically related to your specialist area of interest in order, as appropriate, to prepare the theoretical and methodological groundwork for a dissertation or for an annotated translation project. You’ll also develop skills in the balanced interpretation of the cultural and linguistic contexts for the practice of translation, helping you to understand the practical implications of political and cultural arguments in the context of translation studies.

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University information

Cardiff University

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    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,500 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide, giving students access to unique opportunities.
A wide range of dedicated support services for international students including pre-departure advice, airport pickups, personal tutor guidance and more.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 33 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    122 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%



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