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MA Translation Studies

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Modern Languages and Cultures
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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Provides excellent professional training for careers in the language services industry as a rigorous foundation in the academic field of Translation Studies
  • Expertise in a host of languages, including Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Kurdish, Russian and Spanish
  • Opportunity to do a translation work placement or project
  • Access to bespoke, free English-language support through INTO University of Exeter
  • Dedicated space for study and collaborative work in a refurbished Language Centre

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Programme Director: Professor Michelle Bolduc

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Discover MA Translation Studies at the University of Exeter.

Top 150 in world subject rankings for Modern Languages

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Top 15 in UK subject rankings for Modern Languages

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100% of our Modern Languages and Linguistics research has internationally excellent impact

Based on research impact rated 4* and 3* in REF 2021

Taught by published translators and experienced practitioners, plus specialists in the use of machine translation and computer-assisted translation tools

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a UK 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in English, Linguistics, Translation or a similar subject. Exceptions may be made if you are already working within the translation industry.

Chinese (Mandarin) 

Must be your mother tongue, or you must be able to demonstrate a native-equivalent knowledge of Chinese, in addition to clear interesting translation theory and practice. The programme is also available to prospective students with advanced English-language competency from such fields as Accounting, Business and Engineering.

European/ Arabic/Kurdish

You should have native or near-native knowledge of the language you wish to translate into, otherwise known as your target language. In addition, you will need to demonstrate a clear interest in translation theory and practice. Please see our English language requirements web pages for details of the level of English we require.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile E. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

My tutors on the MA Translation Studies programme are knowledgeable and experienced and not only give me support all the time, but also give me new perspectives to help with translation. I found it so interesting to do translation tasks using Computer Assisted Tools such as Trados.

I have enjoyed every moment of my time with translation students both in and outside classes. Communicating with my classmates, who come from different cultures (e.g. British, Italian, Irish, Polish, Spanish), has been such a joy and has made me more open-minded. In addition, my Greek career mentor was super nice, professional and shared with me his real-world experiences so that I was able to have a better understanding of the language services industry.

I am now working for the University as a part-time intern to undertake some translation and marketing tasks and it is very exciting to gain hands-on experience.

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Wang (surname) Dan, from China

MA Translation Studies

Course content

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Students on the MA Translation Studies take a selection of modules amounting to 180 credits in total. This includes a compulsory Translation Dissertation (60 credits) and two compulsory modules: Translation Theory (30 credits) and The Practice of Translation (30 credits). The remaining 60 credits are chosen from our optional modules, see below.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

120 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

a You have the option to study a 15 credit module, SMLM154 - Translation Work Placement/Project, to provide the experience of learning about translation as a profession through work and gain hands-on knowledge of the field of translation and the language services industry by means of a work placement of project.

You could find work placements as an in-house translator, project manager, translation checker, among others; or may also choose to be engaged in translation projects for the local, regional, or global language services field. Students take full responsibility for finding and organising their work placement or project (either in the UK or abroad), with preparation, support and approval provided by the University.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
SMLM145 Translation Dissertation 60
SMLM150 Translation Theory 30
SMLM151 The Practice of Translation 30

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
MA Translation Studies option modules 2023-4 [See note a above]
SMLM152 Specialist Translation 1 15
SMLM153 The Translation Profession 15
SMLM154 Translation Work Placement / Project 15
SMLM156 Translation as Literary and Creative Practice 15
SMLM157 Introduction to Interpreting: Consecutive and Liaison 15


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Our MA Translation Studies programme is designed to bring together method and practice with a strong focus on practice in how you are both taught and assessed. We offer study in numerous languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Kurd, Russian, Spanish.

Learning and teaching

You will learn from academic experts in Translation Studies and Translation Professionals through a mix of small hands-on workshops specific to your language specialism and larger integrated lectures, where you will learn collaboratively with other students working with a variety of language pairs. You will also have a personal tutor to help guide you throughout your programme of study.

Students might craft a pitch to sell their literary translations to a real-life publisher, with a current student securing the translation rights to a literacy text. Students will also get the opportunity to practice creating translation quotes for interacting with clients (or as project managers). For instance, our Spanish students have worked this year interpreting at a conference on combatting gender violence in developing countries.


The University Library on the Streatham Campus offers a broad collection of foundational works and academic journals in Translation Studies, in both print and electronic forms. All modules have robust Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) pages, which contain additional resources for students in Translation Studies. 


Our MA Translation Studies students have a dedicated space for study and collaborative work in the newly refurbished Foreign Language Centre. This reserved space also gives you access to computers with translation memory software and Computer-assisted Translation (CAT) tools including SDL Trados 2017, MemoQ, Star Group Transit and Omega-T.

The biennial Translation Festival—the only festival of the kind in the UK-- (Michelle Bolduc & Eliana Maestri), takes place in Exeter City Centre and on campus, features authors and translators, interactive translation workshops, attracting not only the university community but also members of the public and school children.

Research Centres

Our department operates a variety of Research Centres across all subject disciplines, including the Centre for Translating Cultures, and you will have full access to the University Library which includes specialist holdings from St Jerome and John Benjamins’ Translation Studies Library.

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It was a big decision to quit my job and move to another country for further study. I chose Exeter because it is one of the best universities in the UK for Modern Languages. The Translation Studies course is a combination of theory and practice.

All the lecturers are professional and supportive and as well as lectures there are language-specific workshops where tutors give advice on translation in specific topics. One of our modules The Translation Profession has given me experience of using CAT (computer-assisted translation) tools, which is very useful whether you want to be a freelancer or work for a translation company.

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MA Translation Studies


To succeed in the translation industry, you will need a range of practical expertise as well as excellent language skills. Our MA in Translation Studies will give you the tools you need whether you choose to work in the industry or pursue a PhD.


With our industry-recognised qualification you will have the skills specified in EU standards for translation and a variety of career paths will be open to you.

Our graduates have become freelance translators with their own businesses; they have found employment as in-house translators and project managers in translation companies as well as in international businesses; they have also entered other language-related professions, including publishing, journalism, public relations or language teaching. In addition, they have chosen to pursue further advanced study in doctoral programmes.


You will gain:

  • The ability to communicate – whether directly with clients, with agencies, or with employers
  • Confidence in competing for work and negotiating your terms and conditions
  • An understanding of company-specific guidelines for workflow and text presentations
  • Project Management and people management skills – which are vital if you go on to manage other translators
  • Organisational, analytical, research and IT skills

Graduate destinations

You will practise all of these career focused skills through our modules and discuss them in tutorials. At the same time our regular visiting speakers will impart to you their valuable experience from their own careers.

Some of our more recent graduates have gone on to a variety of different roles such as:

  • In-house translators in Translation companies, or in the Translation Department of Multinational companies ranging from Luxury Brands to Legal Firms
  • Project Managers at major translation companies across the globe
  • European Summary Translators for media companies
  • Self-employed Freelance Translators
  • University Lecturers

PhD study at Exeter

A number of our graduates have secured funding for their PhDs in Translation Studies and related areas.

Careers and employment support

While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers webpages.

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