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Translation and Professional Language Skills MA

1 year full-time German and Spanish, starting in September 2020

You can apply for this course from September 2019.

Prepare yourself for a career in 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, this specialist master's will equip you to set up your own freelance business or work in-house for an international organisation or language service provider.

Unlike other courses of its kind, ours covers a wide variety of skills including 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 have the opportunity to gain skills in public service and commercial interpreting, and you will learn about setting up your own translation business.

In some cases, we can arrange external translation training. This may be in an international organisation, such as the EU and UN, or an independent translation agency, and will give you first-hand experience of the workplace and valuable contacts for building your career.

The course is taught by 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 external training
  • access to our close-knit alumni network of linguists who work 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

Training opportunities

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

These training opportunities 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 training with:

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

Graduate prospects

We have an excellent 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 is a great demand for highly trained linguists with English as their first or 'A' language.

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 structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2020 and ends in 2021. Induction week starts on 21 September 2020.


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.

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

Professional accreditations

This course is recognised as forming part of these professional bodies.


Entry requirements


Origin of qualifications

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 an English speaking country 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 and funding information for Translation and Professional Language Skills MA full-time German and Spanish


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

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 completing external training, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you accept an unpaid or overseas training opportunity.

Application information


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