MA Translation and Interpreting Studies

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Translating for Business and Institutions 2

Course unit fact file
Unit code ELAN65542
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


Translating for Business and Institutions 2 develops students’ specialised competences and skills in translation and related practices in international business and institutional settings. It focuses on translation in the private and public sectors, covering the work of commercial language service companies as well as translation departments in international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations.  

Students become familiar with the varied roles of language professionals: freelance translators, in-house translators, terminologists, translation project managers, translation revisers and post-editors. They draw on conceptual and reflective approaches to develop an advanced understanding of language services and to empower them as reflective professionals.  

Through practical translation and terminology work, students continue to develop their abilities to analyse and understand specialised texts and to produce content that meets professional specifications. The unit also develops students’ competences in managing translation projects and using translation technologies, notably term bases, translation memory and machine translation. 

Translation tutorials provide specific guidance to students for their translation work from any language into English or from English into any other language. Students are normally expected to translate into their first or strongest language. 


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Translating for Business and Institutions 1 ELAN65441 Pre-Requisite Recommended


  • To familiarize students with diverse aspects of professional translation practices, including translation, revision and post-editing, terminology management and translation project management
  • To provide guided practice in researching, analysing and translating commercial and institutional text genres that are frequently translated
  • To train students in the integration of translation technologies into translation practice
  • To prepare students to write a dissertation on translating for business or institutions
  • To enable students to recognize and develop their own professional and personal strengths and to enhance their employability

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the language services sector, with a particular focus on students’ prospective roles within the sector
  • Understand the roles played by technologies in professional translation practice
  • Apply relevant conceptual frameworks to the study of corporate and institutional discourse

Intellectual skills

  • Execute roles as translators and intercultural experts in commercial and institutional domains
  • Conduct analyses of corporate and institutional discourse and of translation practice

Practical skills

  • Use specialist resources and software in translation and translation management processes
  • Reflect on and analyse translation practices

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate effectively with clients and others involved in the delivery of language services in commercial and institutional domains
  • Work collaboratively with other students and autonomously on specific tasks
  • Work under time pressure and manage tasks effectively
  • Work confidently and competently with a range of software products

Employability skills

understand the language services sector and the professional roles they may assume within it analyse and understand corporate and institutional discourses reflect critically on their own practice ¿ adhere to guidelines and use appropriate resources to produce written products of a professional quality ¿ communicate professionally and manage tasks effectively

Assessment methods

Assessment task:

1. Terminology project - 30%

2. Translation and critical analysis - 70%


Resit assessment:

If only one assessment task has been failed, that task will be resat.  

If both assessment tasks have been failed, Assessment 2 will be resat.

Feedback methods

Feedback method:

  • Oral individual and group feedback on in-class discussion (incl. peer feedback) 
  • Oral individual and group feedback on in-class tasks (incl. peer feedback) 
  • Oral individual and group feedback on translation and other tasks prepared for class sessions (incl. peer feedback) 
  • Written individual feedback on terminology project plan 
  • Written individual feedback on submitted assignments 

Recommended reading

The following list is indicative only. A specific course reading list will be provided to students.

Drugan, Jo (2013) Quality In Professional Translation: Assessment and Improvement, London: Bloomsbury.

Hyland, Ken (2018) Metadiscourse: Exploring Interaction in Writing, London: Bloomsbury.

Mossop, Brian (2019) Revising and Editing for Translators, London: Routledge.

Olohan, Maeve (2016) Scientific and Technical Translation, London: Routledge.

Svoboda, Tomáš, Łucja Biel and Krzysztof Łoboda (eds.) (2017) Quality Aspects in Institutional Translation, Berlin: Language Science Press.

Walker, Callum (2022) Translation Project Management, London and New York: Routledge.

Yu, Danni (2021) Cross-Cultural Genre Analysis: Investigating Chinese, Italian and English CSR reports, London: Routledge.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Tutorials 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 262

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Maeve Olohan Unit coordinator
Cheuk Kit Cheung Unit coordinator

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