Mandarin Advanced Translation and Language Study 1 (Nankai) NANKAI5005

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Contributing chiefly to the SMLC Translation Studies programme, this course offers training in advanced translation practice from English into Mandarin and the application of translation theory. Course materials include documents in a variety of registers and drawn from an appropriate range of specialist fields.


10 x 2 hour tutorials.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.


Candidates for the course should have native or near native competence in Mandarin, a good Honours degree (2.1 or better) and be able to demonstrate competence in English equivalent to European Common Framework C1.

Excluded Courses





Portfolio of translation coursework to comprise:

■ 4 translations chosen from 8 submitted throughout the semester (all unrevised following class discussions).

■ 1 revised translation (also chosen from the 8).

■ A 1,500 word translation commentary to accompany the revised piece.


All translations are worth 15% of final mark, and the commentary is worth 25%.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ provide students with a solid grounding and training in translating independently from  English into Mandarin.

■ examine and situate a range of registers and varieties of English;

■ consider the application of translation methodologies;

■ explore and illustrate the use of language-area specific reference and support materials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ render an appropriate range of registers, sociolects, specialist discourses and other varieties of English in Mandarin;

■ utilize translation procedures and concepts in stylistics relevant to Mandarin and English;

■ apply communication, presentational and IT skills appropriate to the course.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.