Translation and Professional Language Skills MA

1 year full-time German and Spanish, starting in September 2019

You can apply for this course from September 2018.

Prepare yourself for a career in sought-after specialist language work including translation, editing and précis-writing.

If you're interested in working as a professional linguist, working with the written word to provide translations and specialised language services, this course is an excellent option.

With a growing demand for highly trained speakers of English in the UK and abroad, the specialist master's will equip you to set up your own freelance business or work in-house for an international organisation or agency.

Unlike other courses of its kind, ours covers editing, revision, précis-writing and proofreading. Employers and agencies have told us they’re looking for these services, so having the right skills will place you in a strong position for securing work. You'll also gain skills in public service and commercial interpreting, and will learn about setting up in business.

In many cases, we can arrange a translation placement. This may be in an international organisation, such as the EU and UN, or another independent agency, and will give you first-hand experience of the workplace and valuable contacts for building your career. Bath has a memorandum of understanding with the UN and the European Parliament for training interpreters and translators. Their trainers visit us regularly, offering a unique insight into the skills needed to work there.

The course is taught by highly qualified tutors. While some have worked for international organisations, others have developed their careers as freelance linguists. All bring extensive experience to the classroom to give students invaluable advice.

You'll leave with:

  • a proven ability to work with varied and challenging texts, providing a strong foundation for working at an international level
  • experience of working to deadlines and using style guides
  • relationships with potential employers and colleagues from your placement
  • contacts with our strong alumni network of linguists working in international organisations, private bodies and independent agencies
  • evidence of translation experience including the 10,000-word translation and 5,000-word commentary you complete at the end of the taught part of the course

Graduate prospects

We have a worldwide reputation for training professional translators, editors and précis-writers. This course draws on that expertise and extends into new and specialised areas of language work where there's a great demand for highly trained linguists with English as their first or 'A' language.

Organisations are keen to recruit the linguists we produce and our graduates have gone on to work for the following organisations:

  • Amazon.com
  • Etymax Translation Bureau, London
  • European Central Bank
  • European Commission
  • Google
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • International Court of Justice
  • International Maritime Organization
  • International Telecommunications Union
  • International Union of Railways (UIC)
  • Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • United Nations in Geneva, Vienna and New York

Course brochure

You can download a brochure for this course.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2019 and ends in 2020. Induction week starts on 23 September 2019.


Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Optional course units

Here are some examples of optional units currently being studied by our students.

Placement


Through our extensive network of contacts we try to organise placements for all students with the language services of international organisations, government departments or translation companies.

Placements provide an invaluable insight into the work of professional linguists and are highly valued by employers. However, they are not compulsory or guaranteed.

Our students have previously undertaken placements with:

  • the United Nations
  • institutions of the European Union
  • the Council of Europe

Learning and assessment


Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination

Entry requirements


Origin of qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

British qualifications

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have mother tongue competence in English.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Russian qualifications

A Specialist diploma with a final overall score of at least 4 out of 5.

To apply for this course you must have mother tongue competence in English.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Australian qualifications

A Bachelor’s honours degree with a final overall result of at least a Second Class (Upper Division).

To apply for this course you must have mother tongue competence in English.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Canadian qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 70%).

To apply for this course you must have mother tongue competence in English.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

American qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B).

To apply for this course you must have mother tongue competence in English.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course you must have mother tongue competence in English.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Fees and funding


Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for postgraduate courses.

Extra costs

There is a course deposit of £250 payable upon receipt of an offer of a place to study (offset against your course fees). You can pay this through the online store.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans.

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships.

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information


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