MA TranslationFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Awards available||MA , PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)|
One year full-time;
two or three years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||
Students taking the programme part-time must take at least 40 credits per year. This programme is delivered via distance learning. No on-campus attendance is necessary.
This is a distance-learning master's programme for aspiring or practising translators. It is suitable for graduates in any discipline offering one or two of the following languages in addition to English: Czech, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. The MA combines language-specific practice with training in translation theory and translation technologies.
You will study interactively, as part of an online group led by a tutor. The programme is taught entirely online and you are not required to come to campus. Our library has an excellent stock of e-books and e-journals on translation. However, you are just as much a member of the University as any other student and we are delighted to welcome you to Bristol if you visit. We organise a programme of talks and seminars each year.
Online group discussion means that we have a very lively and supportive learning community. If you need help on a one-to-one basis, tutors can support you in a number of different ways, for example using Skype, phone or email.
The University has close links with professional associations and helps students to take advantage of internships in the EU and the UK where possible. We have corporate membership of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and institutional membership of the American Translators’ Association (ATA). We are on the ATA’s list of approved providers of translator training.
Fees for 2019/20
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time (MA)
- UK/EU: two-year part-time (MA)
- Overseas: full-time (MA)
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time (MA)
- UK/EU: full-time (PG Dip)
- Overseas: full-time (PG Dip)
- Channel Islands/IoM: full-time (PG Dip)
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2019/20
Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
For the diploma part of the programme you must complete six taught units. Three of these are compulsory and three are selected from a list of options.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Diploma in Translation.
In order to obtain the MA, you must complete a dissertation. The dissertation unit is open to any student who has successfully completed the diploma part of the course with an average mark of 50 per cent or above. The dissertation may be practice-based (an annotated translation of a previously untranslated text), or a research-based dissertation on an aspect of translation or translation theory.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Translation.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in the relevant language(s) or in any other subject, provided the language(s) qualifications of study are equivalent to a minimum score of C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Students who complete the MA in Translation most commonly go into careers as freelance or in-house translators, editors or project managers. Some students who complete the programme continue to doctoral study.
September 2019 start: 1 August 2019
January 2020 start: 1 December 2019
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
- Modern Languages and Linguistics:
- 29% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 38% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 26% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 7% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.