MA Translation

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA , PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length 1 year (full time);
2 years (part time) as per the structure;
3 years (part time) as per the structure
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 required.
Start date September 2022

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.

Teaching and learning happen in asynchronous, interactive seminar groups led by tutors who include leading researchers and experienced practitioners in their fields. The programme is taught entirely online in a very lively and supportive learning community. Our library has an excellent stock of e-books and e-journals on translation. Asynchronous learning means the programme is particularly suited to students with family or work commitments alongside their study.

While you are not required to come to campus, 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. In addition to core unit components, academic and personal tutors will offer non-compulsory synchronous meetings, and synchronous interaction between students is facilitated through a virtual common room. If you need help on a one-to-one basis, tutors can support you in a number of different ways, for example using Zoom, phone or email.

The University has close links with professional associations and helps students to take advantage of internships in the UK where possible. We have corporate membership of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI)

The programme is the only programme in Translation in the world to be validated by the Chartered Institute of Linguists, who state:

“A programme embedded in both academic and professional contexts that delivers an excellent preparation for linguists seeking a career in translation. Drawing on current practice, emerging trends and future language specialisms, the programme anticipates developments in the translation industry which will affect the working lives of aspiring translators. Students embarking on the programme can be confident that they will emerge equipped with the professional skills and knowledge they need to be work-ready to enter the translation industry.”

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time (MA)
UK: part-time (two years) (MA)
UK: part-time (three years) (MA)
Overseas: full-time (MA)
Overseas: part-time (two years) (MA)
Overseas: part-time (three years) (MA)
UK: full-time (PG Dip)
UK: part-time (two years) (PG Dip)
UK: part-time (three years) (PG Dip)

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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 discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

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. Applicants without the necessary academic linguistic background may be asked to complete a translation test. 

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.

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email:

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

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