Professional Translation for European Languages MA

Professional Translation for European Languages MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months


The Professional Translation for European Languages MA combines practical training and theory to give 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
  • Spanish

The professional translation focus is a distinctive feature of this course. It incorporates:

  • translation theory
  • practice
  • professionalism in translation

What you'll learn

You will receive expert training in professional tools and computer-assisted translation (CAT) software. The training will explain how to work in different contexts, such as:

  • business and finance
  • legal
  • technical
  • marketing and publicity
  • literary translation

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


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Student Profile

Of all the universities which offer a postgraduate degree in translation studies, Newcastle seemed to place more emphasis on the practical and professional aspects of the degree, something which I was greatly attracted to.

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

The Professional Translation for European Languages MA will 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

Our graduates have gone on to work for leading companies and international organisations such as:

  • The European Central Bank
  • Amazon
  • Sage
  • Hodder and Stoughton

Many of our graduates have also chosen the freelancing path. They have built successful careers in the Languages Services Industry offering their services to clients such as Newcastle United and the Premier League.

Graduate destinations

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.



Full time: £7,800
Part time: £3,900


Full time: £7,800
Part time: £3,900


Full time: £18,000

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

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 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.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

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

Please email us at for further information.

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.