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4071F - Professional Translation for European Languages MA

Professional Translation for European Languages MA

This Professional Translation Master's combines practical training and theory to give you the skills and knowledge to become a professional translator in European languages.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023


Throughout this Professional Translation Master's you'll work between English and one or 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

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

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

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

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What you'll learn

This Master's in Translation provides training in professional tools and computer-assisted translation (CAT) software.

The course structure allows you to tailor your own programme of study.

It includes professional practice and research-led compulsory modules covering:

  • specialised translation
  • translation theory
  • use of CAT tools

You can choose from a wide range of optional modules in topics such as:

  • translation from a second foreign language
  • legal translation
  • literary translation
  • translation for EU institutions
  • interpreting, finance and marketing

You'll also complete a translation project or dissertation.


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.

How you'll learn

Your future

Translation careers

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've built successful careers in the Languages Services Industry. Their clients include Newcastle United and the Premier League.

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Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Our facilities include:

  • three dedicated interpreting suites
  • professional translation software
  • the Language Resource Centre, equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank
  • a senior common room

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Myriem el Maizi
Degree Programme Director
School of Modern Languages
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5867

School of Modern Languages


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