Translation Studies: Translation & Professional Practice MSc/PgCert/PgDip

Translation Studies - Translation & Professional Practice

The MSc in Translation Studies caters to the increasing need for highly skilled and specialist translators across a wide range of industries and settings. As well as providing an excellent platform to become a professional translator, this MSc programme provides you with the essential theoretical foundation to progress to Translation Studies research at doctoral level.

Key facts

  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • PgDip 9 months full-time;
  • PgCert 4 months full-time;
  • Contact: Ms Carolyn Donaldson: Carolyn.Donaldson@glasgow.ac.uk

Why Glasgow

  • We offer translation classes in an unusually wide range of languages including Catalan, Czech, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • The MSc is highly flexibility and offers the opportunity to tailor the programme to your specialist interests or skills.
  • Our workshop and seminar series is second to none, with masterclasses from multi-award-winning translators, presentations from world-renowned scholars and discussion forums with newly qualified freelancers.  Students therefore have plenty of opportunities to network with experts in the field.
  • The small classes mean students develop their new skills very quickly whilst working closely with Translation Studies and language scholars pursuing cutting-edge research.
  • Students study SDL Trados translation software and hence can complete the MSc with an additional qualification.
  • The University of Glasgow has an extensive and rapidly developing Translation Studies literature and e-book collection.
  • Our Language Centre houses excellent technical resources and over 10,000 items including the latest books, multimedia, audio and video language learning materials.
  • The School of Modern Languages and Cultures hosts a strong postgraduate community, and students can contribute to a wide range of activities including the Glasgow University Postgraduate Translation Studies Research Network, a quarterly Translation Studies newsletter, facebook site and twitter feed. 
  • The programme balances Translation studies theory with practical translation work, meaning students develop both their academic and professional skills, preparing them for the translation profession or PhD research in the field.

Programme structure

Teaching draws on a wide range of theoretical and practical translation expertise within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. You will have the opportunity to discuss and translate a broad variety of technical and non-technical texts, including journalistic, legal and literary.  Training on terminology management and translation memory software is an integral part of the course and includes SDL Trados certification.

You can also take a range of additional options in relevant specialist areas such as Sociology, Law, or a new language such as Gaelic or Old Icelandic,

Assessment consists of essays, project work and translations with commentary. On successful completion of the core and mandatory translation courses, students write a dissertation or extended translation with analysis.

Core courses

  • Translation studies in Theory and Practice
  • Approaches to Translation and the Professional Environment
  • Advanced Translation and Languages Studies 1 and 2 (translation between English and at least one additional language)

Core and optional courses

Dissertation/Translation Project

Student testimonials

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

You should normally have a 2.1 Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a Modern European language or in a related discipline and be able to demonstrate competence in a second language equivalent to European Common Framework C1.

Applicants who wish to study translation into Mandarin should be native Mandarin speakers with a 2.1 Honours degree, or an equivalent in English.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 8.5
  • no sub-test less than 8.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 115; minimum Listening: 28; Reading: 29; Writing: 30; Speaking:26*

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014-15 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£5350
Part time 20 credits£594
International
Full time fee£13750

PgCert

Home and EU
Full time fee£1783
International
Full time fee£4583

PgDip

Home and EU
Full time fee£3567
International
Full time fee£9167

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

Driven by the global economy, the last decade or so has seen a massive growth in demand for expert, specialist translators.  The MSc aims to provide students with the skills required to work in the industry as well as essential information about setting up as a freelance translator or working for a translation agency. 

Students who wish to pursue a career in academia will have studied, discussed and analysed the essential theoretical material required as a foundation for researching in the field of Translation Studies at doctoral level.

Over the course of the MSc, students will acquire skills relevant to a variety of careers that may involve translation or require advanced language and communication skills.  These include:

  • Marketing and public relations
  • Careers in writing, including publishing, journalism or technical writing
  • Language teaching
  • International commerce
  • Government work
  • The creative industries, including TV, film, theatre

Previous students on the course have taken up posts in translation agencies in the UK and overseas, work as freelance translators or for translation software companies.  Others have moved into language-related careers in teaching, publishing and global commercial organisations or have decided to study for a PhD.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What essential documentation should I have available before I start my application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 24 July 2015
  • UK and EU applications 28 August 2015*
    (with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)

Classes start September 2015 for most courses and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before. 

*Please note that we can accept UK and EU applications for entry in 2014 up until 8th September 2014 but for any applications made after 29th August we cannot gurantee that an offer will be made before the start of the course. In cases where an offer cannot be made before the start of the course then entry in September 2015 may be offered instead.

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