Professional Translation for European Languages MA

Professional Translation for European Languages MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months


This course gives you the skills and knowledge to become a professional translator. You’ll work between English and one/two of the following languages: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

The professional translation focus is a special feature of the course. It'll equip you with the skills and strategies to enter a career:

  • as freelance or in-house translator
  • in public or private organisations
  • in or beyond the language-services sector

You'll receive expert training in professional tools and software and work in different contexts, such as:

  • business
  • legal
  • technical
  • literary translation

In your professional life you'll only translate into your mother tongue and our teaching reflects this.



Our course is accredited by the European Master’s in Translation (EMT) network, ensuring you a top-quality professional qualification. We're also a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

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We're proud to be part of Newcastle's School of Modern Languages. Our staff are a key strength of this course and you'll be taught by:

  • academics in translation studies or other relevant fields
  • translating and interpreting professionals
  • specialist translator and interpreter trainers

We work closely as a team and believe in supporting you as an individual. Find out about individual members of our Translating and Interpreting Studies team.



We provide a friendly learning environment, with small teacher-student ratios in practical classes. The course structure allows you to tailor your own programme of study through:

  • compulsory modules
  • a wide range of optional modules
  • a translation project or dissertation.

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, including independent and group work. You'll have regular one-to-one consultations with teaching staff, plus a Personal Tutor to discuss other study or welfare issues.

In semesters one and two you have taught classes during office hours, Monday to Friday. From June to August, you'll work with a research supervisor on a long translation project or dissertation.

As part of the course, there is an optional visit to Brussels during the summer. In Brussels you will learn about the work of European Union translators and interpreters. We also visit The Hague to find out about translating in organisations for international justice.

If you're taking the MA part time, your work is split over two years. You'll agree your individual study plan with the Degree Programme Director. This will include your core practical translation modules in year one. You can start your Translation Project or Dissertation at any time in year two.


Student Profile

The translation course at Newcastle University seemed to offer everything I was looking for, as it is very practical and prepares students to work as professional translators after graduation.

Nicola's student profile

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Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.


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Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.



Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600


Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600


Full time: £16,200

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.

Native-level writers of English must have French, German, Italian or Spanish language as a major component. Native-level writers of French, German, Italian or Spanish must have English language as a major component. 

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have:

  • a 2:2 honours degree
  • a degree in a non-languages subject
  • and/or professional translating experience

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.