Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Arts, English and Languages
* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
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MA Translation and Interpreting
Speaker - Prof David Johnston , Programme Director
This Masters degree has been designed to:
- provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline of Translation Studies
- enable students to develop the skills upon which professional translator competence is predicated
- provide students with advanced expertise in their principal non-native language
- provide students with opportunities for further language-training
- provide students with appropriate opportunities in professionally-based practice
The programme includes specialist training in translation technologies and offers opportunities for work experience. Research in Modern Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in REF 2014 for Research Intensity and 5th for Grade Point Average, with particular strengths in literary studies, translation and interpreting linguistics, postcolonial studies, visual cultures, digital humanities and medical humanities. The School hosts several large research projects across all the language areas, funded by the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust and Horizon 2020.
The degree is structured in such a way that students can deepen their understanding of key aspects of translation theory and/or choose to concentrate on more practice-based activities. Delivered through a combination of seminars, workshops, guided private study, a programme of visiting speakers and appropriate professional practice, the structure of the degree will enable students to work towards both of these objectives, or to focus more intensively on one of them. In addition to the elements for which they are enrolled, students are encouraged to audit as many other elements of the programme as they wish.
- Audio-Visual Translation 1
- Audio-Visual Translation 2
- Business of Translation (Compulsory)
- Literary Translation Principles of Community Interpreting
- Specialist Translation: Legal, Scientific and Medical Texts
- The Identity of the Translator
- Theory and Practice of Translation (Compulsory)
- Translating for Performance
- Translation and Linguistics
- Translation and Public Policy
- Translation of Poetry
- Translation of Sacred Texts
Assessment & Feedback
A combination of essays, annotated translations and research projects.
Learning and Teaching
Late afternoon and evening, normally Monday and Tuesday, plus occasional Saturdays
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a relevant subject. A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may be acceptable with relevant professional experience. Students wishing to take language components of the programme must demonstrate a high level of foreign-language proficiency.
Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.
Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Professor David Johnston
School of Modern Languages
Tel: 9097 3343
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Graduates can pursue careers in a range of areas where translation skills are required, eg academic, creative writing, translation and interpreting industry, public policy, business and commerce and journalism.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Funding varies from year to year, some funding is available on a competitive basis from the School of Modern Languages and/or University. For full details, please see the School website. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy