Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

MA in Translation Studies

Postgraduate - Taught MA

Open for admission in 2021/22

Start in September

Full time Part time
MA 1 year 2 years

About the course

The sphere and study of translation has witnessed unparalleled growth over the past 20 years. It is through translation that international business, trade, legal affairs, diplomatic missions, human rights interventions and international development and humanitarian aid are delivered. Translation studies has pioneered a number of key ideas and concepts that have proved invaluable to the study of cultural exchange in literature, drama, history, media, law and the social sciences.

This MA is intended to open new avenues of thought, while providing a firm foundation in the discipline of translation studies. With equal emphasis on the practical aspects of the translation process and the underlying theoretical issues, it will be of interest to graduate linguists, whatever your future career route.

What you'll study

The MA adopts a combined approach to translator training, focusing on the practical and reflective skills a translator requires to complete high-quality translation projects that satisfy the needs of clients.

You will follow a balanced programme of modules over the first two trimesters, before focusing on your dissertation in the final part of the course.


Working in lectures, workshops, seminars, computer-based lab sessions and guided private study, you will be assessed through practical written translation and computer-aided translation exercises, class presentations, critical essays and reflective commentaries.

Modules include

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • Issues in Translation Studies

    Gain an overview of the main contemporary theories developed within translation studies and develop analytical, critical reflection and self-awareness skills. You will be exposed to a range of theoretical approaches to translation and will be invited to consider how these can illuminate translation by practice.

  • Approaches to Literary Translation

    This module enables you to discuss any translation challenges posed by literary texts belonging to different genres (theatre, poetry, children’s literature, comics and fantasy among others), and evaluate critically, the translation strategies used by engaging with appropriate theories.

  • Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes (core for overseas applicants who do not have 7.0 IELTS)

    Designed for international students, this module offers specific academic language guidance and practice for study and research at postgraduate level. A broad range of topics will be covered from various academic disciplines to facilitate your language development and competence.‚Äč

  • Translating for the Media

    During this module, you'll discuss any translation challenges posed by media texts. This includes newspaper articles, advertising and marketing material. You'll be encouraged to propose any persuasive translating strategies to help you meet the needs of your readers. You'll discover the challenges of translating audiovisual media by analysing film subtitling case studies.

  • Specialised Translation and Translation Technologies

  • Technical Translation in Practice

    You'll have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge in practice by translating specialised and media texts into your native language. You will be invited to make informed choices and to use the most appropriate approach according to the translation brief provided.

  • Academic and Professional Pathways in Translation

    The first part of this module consists of research skills sessions to prepare you for the completion of your dissertation. The second part is focused around a series of seminars led by professionals from the translation industry, with the final aim of introducing you to employability skills.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Fees and funding

  • Home: £7,850
  • Home (part-time): £855 (20 credits), £2,565 (60 credits), £3,850 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

UK students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. For 2020 entry, they provide up to £11,222 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas, increasing to £11,570 for entry in the 2021/22 academic year. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

  • EU/International: £7,850

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate PGT Scholarship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate PGT Scholarship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

One-to-one support from our team of language learning advisors in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre which is open 24/7.

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Our research cuts across traditional language-centred boundaries and covers a spectrum of topics including popular culture, sexuality, politics and applied linguistics.

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Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject or appropriate experience in the professional environment.

To ensure that we can support a translation language pair you are interested in, please use your Curriculum Vitae, personal statement or both to confirm your native language(s) and the translation language pair you are interested in.

For September 2018 entry, we can support the below languages:

  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Chinese (only English into Chinese)
  • German (only German into English)

For September 2019 entry, we support the above languages and may be able to appoint external language tutors for any other language you may be interested in. If you are interested to translate into a different language than the above, please send us an enquiry to


International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

Our programme has been designed to ensure you receive the best possible training to build broad translation skills. It prepares you to work in a freelance or in-house capacity as well as in multinational companies, government and international organisations.

Other potential careers include: language teaching, marketing, publishing, and creative industries. Many of our previous students, for example, have started careers as freelance translators, while some have gone on to work for organisations such as the European Commission or progressed to PhD-level study.