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MA (T) Translation

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MA (T) Translation

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Arts

Programme Code

TRN-MA-TR

UCAS Code

JACS Code

Q910 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado

Criteria For Admission (Subject Specific Requirements) To Programme
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.

Additional Relevant Information

Applicants for whom English is not their first language would normally require either: an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 elements of the test) or a TOEFL iBT score of 90 (with minimum marks as follows: Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing - 17).

For full information on all acceptable qualifications and scores, please see:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens/InternationalStudents/EnglishLanguageRequirements/

Prof. David Johnston (d.johnston@qub.ac.uk) or
Dr Piotr Blumczysnki (p.blumczynski@qub.c.uk)

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Arts, English and Languages

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Prof. Susan Bassnett

University of Warwick

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes
The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Regulations for Postgraduate Students.
Examinations
The pass mark for each module and the dissertation is 50%.

Students must pass all taught modules (120 CATS points) and the dissertation (60 CATS points) to be awarded the degree of MA in Translation.

Students must pass all taught modules before proceeding to the Dissertation.

Students who fail one or more of the taught modules are permitted one further attempt to pass the module at the next available opportunity for a maximum of 50%.

Two copies of the dissertation must be submitted by 15 September for full-time students or 1 May (of their third year) following completion of taught modules for part-time students.

The dissertation must be submitted within a period of no more than two years after completion of the taught modules. A candidate who fails the dissertation may re-submit the dissertation for a maximum mark of 50%. Only one resubmission will be permitted.

Where an overall average of 60+ is achieved, candidates will be awarded the degree of MA in Translation with commendation.

Where an overall average of 70+ is achieved, a mark of 70+ is achieved in the dissertation module, and an average of 65+ is achieved in the other modules, candidates will be awarded the degree of MA in Translation with distinction.

Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who do not submit a dissertation or fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the dissertation shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Translation.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The MA Translation aims to:
enable students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the prevailing theories and practices of translation through intellectual and interactive enquiry, and, for those students who choose to take language-based half-modules, advanced translation practice
provide a grounding in the field of Translation Studies, defined as theory and practice, that will enable students both to undertake independent research and/or to work as professional translators
encourage sophisticated intellectual enquiry and debate with fellow students, academics and professional practitioners, drawn from a range of relevant backgrounds, through interrogation of theoretical models and analysis of practice-based work
encourage students to develop professional translation skills and/or to theorise within the context of the discipline and/or their own practice
provide students with a good knowledge of the translation market place
foster a dynamic and innovative approach to translation as a mode for understanding the socio-political and cultural complexities posed by the movement of peoples and the demands of multi-ethnic organisation
equip students to use their writing talents to the best of their ability, and to develop as independent translators and self-reflective lifelong learners

enable students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the prevailing theories and practices of translation through intellectual and interactive enquiry, and, for those students who choose to take language-based half-modules, advanced translation practice

provide a grounding in the field of Translation Studies, defined as theory and practice, that will enable students both to undertake independent research and/or to work as professional translators

encourage sophisticated intellectual enquiry and debate with fellow students, academics and professional practitioners, drawn from a range of relevant backgrounds, through interrogation of theoretical models and analysis of practice-based work

encourage students to develop professional translation skills and/or to theorise within the context of the discipline and/or their own practice
provide students with a good knowledge of the translation market place

foster a dynamic and innovative approach to translation as a mode for understanding the socio-political and cultural complexities posed by the movement of peoples and the demands of multi-ethnic organisation

equip students to use their writing talents to the best of their ability, and to develop as independent translators and self-reflective lifelong learners

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Formulate and express ideas and perspectives deriving from translation studies and from the application of translation methods within in a number of different contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through textual and contextual analyses
Through a programme in which theory and practice are demonstrated to be mutually illuminating
Through a programme in which translation, both in terms of theory and practice, is examined as a real-world activity
Through analysis of the process and products of translation
Through debate, discussion and creative and professionally-based learning activities

Methods of Assessment

These skils will be assessed:
By written assignments, projects, translation, reflective learning logs, and think-aloud protocols

Question and critically examine assumptions about language, and the relationship between language, identity and place

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through textual and contextual analyses
Through a programme in which theory and practice are demonstrated to be mutually illuminating
Through a programme in which translation, both in terms of theory and practice, is examined as a real-world activity
Through analysis of the process and products of translation
Through debate, discussion and creative and professionally-based learning activities

Methods of Assessment

These skils will be assessed:
By written assignments, projects, translation, reflective learning logs, and think-aloud protocols

Question and critically examine assumptions about text and how texts transmit meaning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through textual and contextual analyses
Through a programme in which theory and practice are demonstrated to be mutually illuminating
Through a programme in which translation, both in terms of theory and practice, is examined as a real-world activity
Through analysis of the process and products of translation
Through debate, discussion and creative and professionally-based learning activities

Methods of Assessment

These skils will be assessed:
By written assignments, projects, translation, reflective learning logs, and think-aloud protocols

Critically analyse their own translation practice, in the case of students who take language-based modules, and/or that of others over a range of text types

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through textual and contextual analyses
Through a programme in which theory and practice are demonstrated to be mutually illuminating
Through a programme in which translation, both in terms of theory and practice, is examined as a real-world activity
Through analysis of the process and products of translation
Through debate, discussion and creative and professionally-based learning activities

Methods of Assessment

These skils will be assessed:
By written assignments, projects, translation, reflective learning logs, and think-aloud protocols

Think independently, laterally and creatively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through textual and contextual analyses
Through a programme in which theory and practice are demonstrated to be mutually illuminating
Through a programme in which translation, both in terms of theory and practice, is examined as a real-world activity
Through analysis of the process and products of translation
Through debate, discussion and creative and professionally-based learning activities

Methods of Assessment

These skils will be assessed:
By written assignments, projects, translation, reflective learning logs, and think-aloud protocols

Summarise and synthesise theoretical and experiential learning, drawing on a range of sources, text types and perspectives

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through textual and contextual analyses
Through a programme in which theory and practice are demonstrated to be mutually illuminating
Through a programme in which translation, both in terms of theory and practice, is examined as a real-world activity
Through analysis of the process and products of translation
Through debate, discussion and creative and professionally-based learning activities

Methods of Assessment

These skils will be assessed:
By written assignments, projects, translation, reflective learning logs, and think-aloud protocols

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Examine and assess the effectiveness of texts and utterances within a wide range of contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Have developed effective time-management awareness

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Have developed the ability to devise, plan and deliver projects

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Offer and receive constructive criticism of their own and others’ work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Participate actively in debate and discussion

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Respond positively and productively to feedback on their own work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Think creatively and professionally

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Have developed an understanding of the technologies available to assist the translator

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Have developed entrepreneurial and presentational skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Understand the importance of producing work within the framework of appropriate conventions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These will be developed:
By a programme that in its individual and group activities emphasises the transferability of its skillset – close-reading skills, discourse analysis, pragmatic analysis, the relationship between text, subtext and context, writing, entrepreneurial, research and presentational skills

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
By a range of assessment methods that are designed to evaluate the application of core skills.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand the key concepts of translation theory and apply these to practice in a range of academic and professionally-based contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through a programme of interactive seminars that deal with the history of translation studies, current issues, new perspectives and wider applications
Through a programme of guided practice in text translation
Through a programme of recommended reading
Through a programme of workshops that analyse the relationship between text and context, and critically assess students’ practice
Through extended interaction with a range of visiting speakers, professional practitioners and other trainers

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Critically analyse the translation process with a view to developing their own theoretical positions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through a programme of interactive seminars that deal with the history of translation studies, current issues, new perspectives and wider applications
Through a programme of guided practice in text translation
Through a programme of recommended reading
Through a programme of workshops that analyse the relationship between text and context, and critically assess students’ practice
Through extended interaction with a range of visiting speakers, professional practitioners and other trainers

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Understand the relationship between creativity and constraint across a full typology of texts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through a programme of interactive seminars that deal with the history of translation studies, current issues, new perspectives and wider applications
Through a programme of guided practice in text translation
Through a programme of recommended reading
Through a programme of workshops that analyse the relationship between text and context, and critically assess students’ practice
Through extended interaction with a range of visiting speakers, professional practitioners and other trainers

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Understand what it means to be a professional translator and to undertake professional translation and/or further research within the discipline of Translation Studies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through a programme of interactive seminars that deal with the history of translation studies, current issues, new perspectives and wider applications
Through a programme of guided practice in text translation
Through a programme of recommended reading
Through a programme of workshops that analyse the relationship between text and context, and critically assess students’ practice
Through extended interaction with a range of visiting speakers, professional practitioners and other trainers

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Understand the application of translation as an intellectual mode and model of cultural encounter to a wide range of social and cultural contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Through a programme of interactive seminars that deal with the history of translation studies, current issues, new perspectives and wider applications
Through a programme of guided practice in text translation
Through a programme of recommended reading
Through a programme of workshops that analyse the relationship between text and context, and critically assess students’ practice
Through extended interaction with a range of visiting speakers, professional practitioners and other trainers

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate the relationship between theoretical models prevalent in translation studies and translation practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Synoptically and individually through the programme of seminars, guided independent translations, workshops, visiting speakers and recommended reading

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Apply their understanding of the broad issues in translation studies to their own writing practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Synoptically and individually through the programme of seminars, guided independent translations, workshops, visiting speakers and recommended reading

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

For those students who choose language-based modules, demonstrate a good level of specific skills relating to translation practice, including: major contrastive phenomena between their principal foreign language and English; issues of register and dialect; specificities of text type, including literary translation and subtitling; the importance of cultural context

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Synoptically and individually through the programme of seminars, guided independent translations, workshops, visiting speakers and recommended reading

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Apply a range of business, academic and professional skills applicable within the context of translation practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Synoptically and individually through the programme of seminars, guided independent translations, workshops, visiting speakers and recommended reading

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Apply a working understanding of the intercultural models supplied by translation theory to issues of relevance to the public domain

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Synoptically and individually through the programme of seminars, guided independent translations, workshops, visiting speakers and recommended reading

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

Undertake theoretical and/or practice-based research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be developed:
Synoptically and individually through the programme of seminars, guided independent translations, workshops, visiting speakers and recommended reading

Methods of Assessment

These skills will be assessed:
Through essays, projects, research exercises, translations, reflective learning logs and think-aloud protocols

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

The Business of Translation

MML7016

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Identity of the Translator: Who Translates?

MML7017

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Technical Translation

MML7018

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Theory and Practice of Translation

MML7015

7

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Translating for Performance

MML7019

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Literary Translation

MML7024

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Translation and Journalism

MML7025

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Principles of Community Interpreting

MML7021

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation

MML7026

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Meaning, Sense, Translation

MML7033

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Audiovisual Translation

MML7035

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Audiovisual Translation II

MML7036

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Translation in Digital Contexts (non-professional)

MML7057

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Full-time students must take the 3 compulsory modules (MML7015, MML7016 and MML7026); they choose additional modules totalling 20 CATS points in first semester, and 40 CATS in second semester.

Part-time candidates will normally take modules totalling 60 CAT points in each of their first two years of study: they will take MML7015 in the first year; MML7016 in the second year; the dissertation (MML7026) is normally completed in the third year of part-time study.