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MA Translation and Interpreting Studies

Year of entry: 2021

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Degree awarded
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
Entry requirements

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent in a humanities-based subject area.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

A deposit of the tuition fee is required to secure your place on the programme. There are limited places available for certain language combinations. We recommend candidates apply at the earliest possible date in the academic cycle.

How to apply

PLEASE NOTE: Admission for entry to 2021 is now closed. 

Apply online  for entry to 2022.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Choose from a wide range of specialisations: technical translation; audio-visual translation; literary translation; translation project management; translating for international organisations.
  • Train in the latest translation technologies, including translation memory, terminology management and machine translation.
  • Gain excellent preparation for doctoral study in Translation and Interpreting Studies.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £11,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £22,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £5,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £11,000
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £7,334
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £14,667

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of  School awards  and  Subject-specific bursaries  (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the  School's funding page  where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

See also  the University's postgraduate funding database  to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.

For University of Manchester graduates, the   Manchester Alumni Bursary  offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.

The   Manchester Master's Bursary   is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.

Postgraduate 1+3 funding   is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (3 years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available here:

Contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
PG Taught Admissions

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent in a humanities-based subject area.

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

PLEASE NOTE: Admission for entry to 2021 is now closed. 

Apply online  for entry to 2022.

Advice to applicants

You should include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.

If your academic background is not directly related to the programme, you should supply an academic-standard writing sample on a subject related to the programme.

If English is not your native language, then you should provide an academic-standard writing sample in English directly related to the subject.

For more advice on the application process, please visit our  Applying  page.

How your application is considered

Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application. Once we have an application that is ready for a decision, the admissions tutor (often the Programme Director) will relay the decision to the admissions team, who will send you this decision.

Please note that your application is usually received by the School 24 to 48 hours after the time you submit it. If you have not provided documentation that allows the admissions tutor to make a decision, we will contact you.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MA Translation and Interpreting Studies master's course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills you'll need for a career in translation, or in other professions that require expertise in intercultural communication.

You may choose from a wide range of specialisations, including commercial translation, audio-visual translation, scientific and technical translation, literary translation, translation project management and translating for international organisations, translating into or out of English and any other language.

We provide training in the use of translation technologies, including translation memory, terminology management and subtitling.

Options are available in consecutive interpreting and public service interpreting for those who would like to begin to develop these skills.

We also offer research-intensive, optional units in translation and interpreting studies and cross-cultural pragmatics for those who wish to prepare for doctoral study in translation or interpreting studies.


We aim to:

  • equip you with the knowledge and skills for a career in translation and/or interpreting or in other professions which require expertise in cross-cultural communication;
  • equip you for further study and research;
  • provide specialist training in various types of translation and/or interpreting activity, including the use of technology in translation, interpreting and related activities;
  • provide a gradual transition into the world of work through practical, real-life translation and/or interpreting tasks, according to the chosen pathway.

On successful completion of the course, you will have demonstrated an understanding of:

  • translation and interpreting studies as an academic discipline and the various perspectives from which different scholars have attempted to develop theories of translation and interpreting;
  • the role of translation and interpreting in solving interlingual and intercultural communication problems;
  • the interdisciplinary nature of translation and interpreting studies and the exchange of empirical and theoretical approaches between translation/interpreting studies and other disciplines;
  • research issues in interpreting and translation, including recent approaches, current problems, and potential future developments;
  • the relationship between translation, interpreting and other aspects of language use and communication, including language patterning, textual organisation and the semiotics of verbal and non-verbal communication;
  • specific translation and/or interpreting practices and the role of the translator and/or interpreter in various sectors of economic activity including audiovisual media, publishing, localisation, commercial and international organisations, depending on the chosen pathway.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods depending on the units you take, including lectures, seminars and independent study.

Coursework and assessment

All core course units, specialist research-orientated course units and specialist translation course units are assessed by coursework, rather than by written examination.

Specialist interpreting course units are assessed by a combination of assessed coursework and examination (see individual course unit descriptions for more details).

The pass mark for MA coursework and the dissertation is 50%.

All course units are assessed by coursework essays or other assignments.

Following two semesters of taught course units, MA students write a dissertation of 12-15,000 words; this can be a traditional research dissertation or a translation/interpreting dissertation based on an extended translation or interpreting assignment plus critical analysis.

Course unit details

You will undertake units totalling 180 credits. Core units combine to make 120 credits, with the remaining 60 credits allocated to a research dissertation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation ELAN60330 60 Mandatory
Introduction to Translation and Interpreting studies ELAN64001 15 Mandatory
Audiovisual Translation ELAN60172 15 Optional
Literary Translation: Contexts and Challenges ELAN60181 15 Optional
Commercial Translation ELAN60292 15 Optional
Translation Technologies ELAN60961 15 Optional
Public Service Interpreting ELAN61142 15 Optional
Dialogue Interpreting for Business ELAN63111 15 Optional
Translation Project Management and Professional Ethics ELAN72072 15 Optional
Research Methods in Translation and Intercultural Studies ICOM70201 15 Optional
Research Development Seminar ICOM70302 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 11 course units

What our students say

I couldn't have gained a job without this MA, so the course will definitely enhance my career prospects as a translator.

The course has taught me to refine my time management and organisation skills and really strengthen my research skills.

Other general employability skills I've developed as a result of this course are my general writing and communication skills, flexibility, adaptability, self-reliance and self-confidence.

Megan Smith


Our fully-equipped, state-of-the-art interpreting suite, used for conference interpreting courses and practice sessions, includes a main conference room with eight built-in interpreting booths and a smaller practice room with four more.

Find out more about our Facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:


Career opportunities

Portrait Dot Roberts

I run my own freelance translation and subtitling business called Dot Roberts Translation. I translate German and Dutch into English, specialising in environment/sustainability, entertainment/arts, and marketing translation.

I think the most surprising takeaway for me was actually the difference it makes in the translation industry when you have an MA in Translation. I do understand it because I learnt so much and really improved my skills, but having the MA made it a lot easier for me to gain new clients, because it was a way of proving that I had the necessary skills.

Dot Roberts / Freelance Translator and Subtitler

Many of our graduates begin careers in translation and interpreting, while others pursue roles in international business and marketing, film production and distribution, and publishing.

Some graduates also pursue careers in academia.

Graduates have found employment at UN agencies, internationally-minded cultural organisations, translation agencies in the UK and abroad, industry, and universities in the UK and around the world.

Find out more on the careers and employability page and read profiles of our graduates .

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .