Postgraduate programmes


Ma Translation

MA Translation

This is a distance-learning master’s programme for aspiring or practising translators. The MA combines language-specific practice with training in translation theory and translation technologies. Translation on the programme is predominantly into English.
The programme is formally validated by the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the UK-based professional membership body for language practitioners, who describe it as “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.”

MA Chinese-English Programmes

Research programmes (MPhil, PhD)

We offer a research-based Masters (MPhil) in translation as well as a PhD programme. See Translation MPhil, PhD for more information. See also our Research page for details of our projects and areas of expertise. 

We offer a practice-oriented research pathway in translation. For more information, contact Enquiries from prospective postdoctoral researchers should be addressed to Dr. Carol O'Sulivan. Enquiries about research in drama translation should be addressed to Dr Katja Krebs.

Please contact the subject lead Dr Carol O’Sullivan to discuss projects in advance of application. For projects starting in 2022-2023, we particularly welcome proposals on lay use of machine translation and on the history of any sector of the translation industry. 

Our PhD projects, past and present, include several practice-based projects (fiction, non-fiction, short fiction); projects on legal translation briefing; Penguin Russian classics; comparative literature; technologies for literary translators; conceptualisations of literacy; audiovisual and literary translation in China.

Industry Links and Networks


Faculty support

We foster a vibrant postgraduate community across the Faculty of Arts, providing you with dedicated support when you need it.


Two MA Translation Scholarships are available for students starting in September 2024. Click here to find out more! 

Translation Studies is among the subjects eligible for funding from the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The Faculty of Arts also offers funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.

Before doing the MA in Chinese-English translation, I was just a graduate with no idea on how to become a professional translator. After one year’s study in this program, I graduated with Distinction, and embarked upon a new career in a translation company in Beijing.

Yuchen Zhang (MA, Chinese-English translation)
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