MA Translation

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA , PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length MA: one year full-time, or two to three years part-time;
PG Dip: one year full-time, or two years part-time.
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Students enroled part-time must take at least 40 credits per year. This programme is delivered via distance learning. No on-campus attendance is necessary.
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

This is a distance-learning master's programme for aspiring or practising translators. It is suitable for graduates in any discipline offering one or more of the following languages in addition to English: French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. Translation on the programme is predominantly into English. 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 would be delighted to welcome you to Bristol if you wanted to 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)

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time (MA)
UK: part-time (two years) (MA)
UK: part-time (three years) (MA)
Overseas (including EU): full-time (MA)
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time (MA)
UK: full-time (PG Dip)
UK: part-time (two years) (PG Dip)
Overseas (including EU): 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.

Alumni scholarship

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 2021/22

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.

Programme structure

For the diploma part of the programme you must complete six taught units, consisting of compulsory and optional units.

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.

Entry requirements

Upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant language (French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish), or 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:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Students who complete the MA in Translation commonly go into careers as freelance or in-house translators, editors or project managers. Some students who complete the programme continue to doctoral study.

How to apply
Application deadline: 19 August 2021 for all 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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Contact details

For questions regarding study and admission please contact our Enquiries Team. Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email:

School website: School of Modern Languages
Department website: Translation Studies

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REF 2014 results

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  • 26% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
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