MA Chinese-English TranslationFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Start date||September 2022|
Our Chinese-English Translation MA programme will increase your understanding of the field of translation and interpreting. You will explore how practical translation is informed by theory, develop your verbal and written communication skills, and build your IT literacy to help you produce translation of the highest quality. Students graduate from the programme equipped with specialist skills in interpreting and localisation, as well as transferable skills such as analytical thinking, research and collaboration, which are essential to today's increasingly global market.
Students coming to the UK from overseas not only learn advanced translation skills from and into Chinese, but also develop their English language competency and their knowledge of UK and international culture. The programme is also open to students for whom English is a native language with a high level of Chinese, typically undergraduate level or higher.
Postgraduates are full members of the academic community, with the opportunity to participate in the many research seminars and conferences taking place within the Faculty of Arts.
The School of Modern Languages has an established record in translator training and excellent industry links. Its translation staff include practising professional translators and translation researchers. We are a corporate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and an institutional member of the American Translators’ Association (ATA). We are on the ATA’s list of approved providers of translator training. Students have an opportunity to obtain SDL Trados translation software certification.
Fees for 2022/23
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- UK: part-time (two years)
- Overseas: full-time
Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.
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 2022/23
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.
During the first term, you will study four core units, including Theories of Translation, Applied Translation, Introduction to Liaison Interpreting, and CAT Tools as well as a separate unit in Advanced English for Translation Skills. In the second term, there is one further core unit in practical translation plus a 15,000-word dissertation. In addition to the core units, you will choose from a variety of optional units, which in past years have included units on subtitling, translation industry, video game localisation and interpreting for business.
The dissertation can take the form of either an extended translation plus commentary, or a research-based dissertation. Students will work with a supervisor to formulate their ideas and plan their approach.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Chinese-English Translation.
For non-native Chinese speakers, an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Chinese Studies, or equivalent.
For native Chinese speakers, an upper second-class degree in any subject is required.
Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered. Non-native speakers of Chinese may be required to do a translation test as part of the application process.
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.
The MA in Chinese-English Translation provides a foundation for students looking to enter or develop their careers in translation project management, freelance translation or as in-house translators and interpreters in international corporate and government institutions.
The skills developed through this degree are transferable to a variety of related careers, such as international relations, PR, marketing, journalism and business. In addition, the research and theoretical components of this programme provide an excellent entry point to the field of translation studies for anyone aiming to pursue a PhD in the UK or abroad.
29 July 2022 for international applicants. 12 August 2022 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.
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