University of Westminster

Course Introduction

This course is open to native and non'native speakers of English, who combine English with any of the following languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish or Spanish. If you are a native speaker of English, you can elect to study translation with 1 or 2 of the above source languages. If you are a non'native speaker of English, you will study translation both from English into your 1st language and from your 1st language into English. The course will prepare you for a career in the translation market. Building on your existing language skills, you will learn how to research specialised subjects to produce commercially usable translations of specialised technical and institutional texts, applying insights drawn from the study of linguistics and translation theory as well as from professional practice. The course emphasis is on practical training in translation, developing your skills to a high level and learning about the professional environment. All students will translate institutional texts (such as economic, political, legal and EU texts) and technical material, and learn new relevant skills through the option modules. You will also complete a research'based thesis or translation project. Your studies are further supported by blended learning provision on developing your professionalism, weekly lectures on the theoretical concepts and principles of translation, introductory workshops to a range of translation memory tools, and guest lectures and workshops delivered by external speakers from industry and international institutions.

Course Additional Entry

Native should be Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian or Spanish, and students should hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent); mature applicants with no formal qualifications but with appropriate work experience also are considered; students need fluent written and spoken English, and should have either a degree in English or an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent; interview students in person or on the telephone and set students 2 test translations to check their language competence.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,000  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,000  Academic year. First year home fees