MA Applied Translation Studies


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UEA offer flexible MA courses focused on different aspects of intercultural communication, applied translation and linguistics. Your studies will prepare you for employment in the huge global growth industry related to these disciplines or for advanced research. You will benefit from the links we have with our alumni and industry professionals which, along with teaching from our expert academies, will result in excellent employment prospects.

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Key facts

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) UEA was ranked joint fifth in the UK for the quality of its research in Area Studies (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis).

The translation industry is a huge area of growth, and demand for well-qualified translators is increasing across the globe. Our MA Applied Translation Studies equips you to break down language barriers and help people, organisations and countries communicate more effectively.

You will develop an individual portfolio of translations, take part in team projects, work with leading experts, and train in the latest technological tools for translators. With our strong industry links, you’ll have a wealth of opportunities to expand your practical experience and prepare for a career in translation.

You will gain a broad range of skills that are highly valued across many other professions, and put you in a great position to progress to further postgraduate research in the field.


This course offers you three pathways to help you learn and apply the theory of translation and gear your studies towards your future goals. These are: professional translation; forensic linguistics and translation; and translation and intercultural communication.

You might choose professional translation if you wish to keep a broad range of careers in the translation industry open to you. If you prefer to focus on language and communication in the highly sensitive contexts of investigative interviews such as translation in criminal and civil justice, you can choose forensic linguistics and translation. Translation and intercultural communication develops your sensitivity to cross-cultural transfer and prepares you for work with all kinds of organisations.

You will develop a portfolio of your own translations, in consultation with a professional translator, and gain experience through practical group projects of a working environment. We also give you training in the application and use of the latest translation technologies and tools.

In our large multimedia self-access room, you will be able to enjoy extensive self-study resources and make use of a range of language-specific tools. These include keyboard switch options, customised spell-checkers and comprehensive dictionaries. You can access translating facilities, including specific professional translation software. You will benefit from access to our digitised Sanako language laboratory for advanced language learning, and our high-spec professional interpreter training suite.

We cater for students with an unusually wide range of language pairs (one of which is always English) and welcome students from across the globe. This makes our seminars particularly engaging – you will take part in fascinating cross-cultural exchanges with your peers and our staff. All seminars have a generic focus, which is then applied to your language pair in practice via projects and essay work.

Course Structure

This is a one-year full-time course but you can also take it part-time over two years. You will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, giving you a solid foundation in the discipline, with room to specialise in areas that particularly interest you.

In your first semester you will take the modules Translation and Theory, and Translation in Context and in your second semester you will take Technological Tools for Translators. These modules ensure you have an understanding of the most up-to-date approaches in translation theory and methodologies, as well as the technical and research skills to put them into practice successfully. In particular, the module Technological Tools for Translators exposes you to the main tools used by professional translators today, and keeps you well-informed of new developments.

In the second semester you can specialise further by choosing from a range of optional modules, which will help you build your skills and experience. These cover topics such as translation as a profession, translation work experience, language issues in a global multilingual context, forensic linguistics and translation, and intercultural communication in practice.

In addition to the modules above, you will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation. This can be a translation and commentary of 15,000 words, or a critical essay on a topic of your choice (12,000-15,000 words). In the dissertation module you will develop your academic and research skills in sessions delivered across the autumn and spring semesters.

If you decide to take two optional modules in the second semester, you will write a dissertation involving either a translation and commentary of 12,000 words, or a critical essay of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning


In the Language and Communication Studies department at UEA we are small enough for more personal staff-student contact and individual academic support than in many larger institutions, whilst also benefiting from the buzz of the larger, interdisciplinary School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. We are at the cutting edge of research, ensuring that when you graduate you are well-informed and highly employable.

Your tutors are all active researchers in the field. We have experts in translation quality and ethics, technological tools, audiovisual translation, forensic linguistics, sport translation and more. We also have particular specialist knowledge of cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural pragmatics, (critical) discourse analysis, as well as cross-cultural cognitive linguistics.

Our year-long Academic and Research Skills programme helps you make the most of your studies here at UEA and prepare for your subsequent career. The programme also provides a foundation for further postgraduate studies at PhD level.

Independent study

We offer a series of dedicated translation presentations each semester delivered by practising translators and academics. These will give you first-hand insights into both the translation profession and academic discussion about aspects of the discipline and the industry.

You will benefit from numerous events and talks that will support you in your learning as you work towards your career goals. We run a series of regular talks from visiting professionals and academics, addressing translation, intercultural communication, and language and culture-related topics of global, cultural and social significance. There is also a wealth of talks, screenings and exhibitions across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and we are affiliated to the prestigious British Centre for Literary Translation.

You will have access to the James Platt Centre, our state-of-the-art language laboratory and multimedia self-access resources room, with computer-assisted translation and professional subtitling software (SDL Trados and MultiTerm 2017, MemoQ, WINcaps). These materials complement the excellent holdings of the UEA library.



You will be assessed on your coursework, which mainly involves presentations, translations, commentaries, essays and your dissertation.

You will get regular feedback on your practice assignments from your tutors, as a platform for improving your work before your formal or ‘summative’ assessment, and we encourage you to discuss this feedback with your teachers.

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After the course

You will graduate with excellent employability prospects, boosted by our strong links with our past graduates and extensive contacts in the language professions. Many of our students go into the translation industry but also enter a wide range of other professions.

You could go on to work, for example, in subtitling and dubbing, journalism, publishing, teaching, diplomatic services, marketing, human resources, language consultancy, translation and localisation project management, or information services.

Career destinations

  • Translation and localisation
  • Journalism
  • Forensic analysis
  • In-flight linguistic specialist in the military
  • Retail management
  • NGO/charity project management

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits


The year-long module PPLC7015Y is designed to familiarise postgraduate students with research resources and basic aspects of research methodology (e.g. access to, and use of, sources and resources, collection, analysis and presentation of materials and data). It is taught over two semesters: the first in the Autumn focuses on seminar-related activities, the second in the Spring on dissertation-related work. It is assessed by an oral exam on a pass/ fail basis after the end of the second semester.




You will be introduced to the computer-based tools and methodologies used in the translation industry. By the end of the module, you will understand the strengths and weaknesses of these tools, and how they are typically used in today's language services industry. You'll learn how to use the market-leading software for translation and project management. You'll also learn how to evaluate and compare tools, and communicate ideas, principles and approaches to translation technology by written, oral and visual means. You'll begin with an overview of the main types of technologies in use in today's translation profession. You'll then focus in more depth on different tools and principles such as terminology management, translation memory, quality assurance, project management, planning, and pricing. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, practice in the lab with demonstrator support, and self-directed study. This module is assessed (100%) by a project, chosen by you from a short list of topics. We teach the market-leading applications (SDL Multiterm/Trados Studio), including free access to official SDL Certification tests. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to use at least one further tool each year. You will adopt a 'learning by doing' approach, working on your own choice of source texts into your 'A' language/mother tongue. Once you have practised using the software, you will have a chance to put your learning to the test and experience real-world working conditions during a collaborative team project. You will learn to be a confident explorer and adopter of translation technologies, so you can master any new tools you may need in future. On successful completion of the module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to translate or manage projects using industry-standard tools. You'll understand the limits and benefits of the technologies used by professional translators and others in the language services industry and you'll develop your research, writing and professional communication skills.




We will explore ways in which concepts and notions develop into theoretical approaches. You will analyse published translations and discuss how various theoretical perspectives can be fruitfully applied to account for the strategies used by translators. You will examine key concepts in translation studies such as fidelity, equivalence, implied meaning, translatability, linguistic hospitability, and ethics. You will discover the importance of the history of translation studies, linguistic theory, the 'cultural turn,' philosophical approaches, as well as new global directions in the field. On completion of this module, you will have learnt how to recognise the theoretical underpinnings of translation practices. You will have improved your ability to situate yourselves in relation to academic sources and to read the literature analytically. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you will have developed a greater awareness of the role ethics plays in translation, i.e. the assumptions and values which govern translational practices.




The global translation industry is estimated to be worth over $40 billion globally. In this module, you will investigate the bearing a range of translation issues have on professional translation in the translation industry in a range of practical contexts. You will also develop a portfolio of translations on which professional translators and linguists will provide feedback thus giving you an insight into professional practice. In the initial seminars we will explore the concept of 'equivalence' in translation with a particular focus on functional equivalence and issues of power. You will then be able to contextualise these discussions in a series of sessions on specialised translation in practice, typically covering translation in technical/scientific; legal; news; multimedia; advertising; and localisation contexts. Your portfolio of translations of a range of text types, informed by feedback from a professional translator/linguist who shares your language pair, will provide you with the material for your final essay (worth 100% of your mark). Individual tutorials and a presentation to the group will help you shape and refine the material for your essay prior to submission.



Students will select 60 - 80 credits from the following modules:

Students who select the 80 credit dissertation PPLC7017X must choose 20 credits from Option Range B. Students who select the 60 credit dissertation PPLC7018X must choose 40 credits from Option Range B.

Name Code Credits


If you're studying one of the Language and Communication MAs, you're required to complete a dissertation, undertaken under supervision of a member of the School's academic team. If you're studying full-time, you'll begin work on your dissertation at the end of the spring semester. You'll begin work on your dissertation at the beginning of the spring semester in year 2 if you're studying part-time. You'll choose your topic and format in consultation with academic staff, usually before the end of the Spring semester. Your supervisor is allocated by the beginning of the period of supervision immediately after the end of the Spring semester and will provide you with general advice about approach, background literature, content, structure and presentation of the dissertation. Submission is normally at the end of August/beginning of September.




If you're taking a Language and Communication MA, you'll be required to complete a Dissertation, undertaken under supervision of a member of the School's academic team. Work on the dissertation begins after the end of the spring semester, if you're studying full-time. If you're studying part-time, you'll begin your dissertation at the start of the Spring semester. The choice of topic and format is made by you in consultation with academic staff, usually before the end of the Spring semester. Your supervisor is allocated by the beginning of the period of supervision immediately after the end of the Spring semester and will provide you with general advice about approach, background literature, content, structure and presentation of the dissertation. Submission is normally at the end of August/beginning of September.



Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students who selected the 80 credit dissertation PPLC7017X from Option Range A, must choose 20 credits from Option Range B. Students who selected the 60 credit dissertation PPLC7018X from Option Range A, must choose 40 credits from Option Range B.

Name Code Credits


Can the language we speak be the reason why we are judged to be guilty instead of innocent? The study of Forensic Linguistics and Translation will reveal when this indeed can be the case. In your studies you will: #Study language in legal contexts, and learn how laws and legal texts are interpreted and translated, how language can be used to one's advantage in the court of law and how you can break the law just by using language. #Learn about the many challenges of translating and interpreting in legal contexts and how language differences can be used and abused. #Work through authentic examples from police and court materials in the UK and USA. #Learn how to find, present and defend linguistic evidence, how to be more linguistically alert in professional translation and how to win arguments by thinking steps ahead of the opposition. #Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, hone decision-making skills in complex and unpredictable situations and gain experience in the independent learning skills that is essential for continuing professional development.




Do you wish to pursue a career in international management and relations, multilingual business, or international development? Are you interested in becoming a more effective communicator in other professions such as translation, interpreting, education, and cultural mediation? In this module we will explore the issues fundamental to intercultural communication (IC) in practical contexts. You will examine the different ways of thinking about effective communication in a variety of work/organisation-based environments. During the seminars/lecture series, invited practitioners will introduce you to how IC operates in specific organisations, including government agencies or in multilingual business management. On completion of this module, you will have developed the linguistic skills, cultural competence, and critical thinking required for the production of an extended research project in intercultural communication. You will also have acquired a sense of how cultural assumptions may influence communication with others from different backgrounds, and developed a greater willingness to enter into dialogue with the values prevalent in cultures other than your own.




Every day millions of people across the globe consume information on the internet or on television, mediated from languages that they do not know. How does this happen? What is at stake? Linguistically, socio-culturally? These are the kinds of question that we address with Language Issues in a Global Multilingual Context. We focus on language-related issues associated with the globalisation of communication and the media. You will consider a range of materials - texts and their translation(s), multilingual sources of information (e.g. global news, consumer information), products of audio-visual translation (e.g. subtitling, dubbing), IT mediated or processed texts - to explore issues involved in the transposition and dissemination of (spoken and written) text into other media and other languages across different spheres of activity (e.g. media, politics, culture). The subject matter relates to different domains of enquiry (including mediation/translation studies, linguistics, communication studies, cultural studies, for example) and the aim is to sensitize you to language-related issues in a global context from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Within the interdisciplinary context of the module, you will develop to a high level your awareness and understanding of language and communication issues in a global world, and become familiar with different critical approaches to these issues. You will gain the ability to evaluate these approaches critically and evaluate their relevance and usefulness to your own needs and circumstances. You will acquire skills of independent research, with a focus on appropriate methodology, data collection, analysis, synthesis and evaluation, and refine your oral and written presentation skills of your findings. Sound receptive knowledge of at least one language other than the mother tongue required.




We aim to introduce you to the professional, technical and ethical aspects of today's translation industry. By the end of the module, you will understand the diverse range of careers in language services and know how to take the first steps on your chosen career path, or have identified a graduate research project focusing on the translation profession. You'll also learn how to communicate ideas, principles and approaches to professional translation by written, oral and visual means. Module content is flexible and evolves each year to reflect your interests and those of the rest of the class. You'll begin with an overview of today's translation profession. You'll then delve deeper, uncovering core concepts such as specialisation, industry structures, technologies, pricing, marketing, career development and ethical behaviour. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures and seminars and self-directed study. You will select and research an aspect of the industry in detail to give a presentation during the module. Later, you will identify your own choice of assessment topic to reflect your own interests, with support from the module leader. The module is assessed (100%) by this project, which will help you develop the skills you need for your longer Summer Project. On successful completion of the module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to translate your study of the profession to establish your career in language services, or begin a research career focusing on this area. You'll develop your research, writing and presentation skills, and learn to communicate your ideas more effectively and professionally.




Do you have no (or little) experience of professional translation? Or do you have experience of professional translation but would like to review your practices by reflecting critically on the processes involved? Then Translation Work Experience (TWE) is the module for you. TWE builds on partnership with public services locally and abroad to give you the opportunity to work jointly on authentic professional translation briefs (e.g. translation from, and into English, of information for local museums or museums abroad). It will sensitize you hands-on to aspects of professional commercial translation, translating to specifications, background research, producing and presenting a product of professional standard, and will allow you to apply and hone your analytical and linguistic skills, and to develop research, team work, self- and peer-assessment skills and project management skills. Assessment is by a variety of means, including translation and a critical report. The module is subject to availability of briefs - a back-up module choice is essential. Translation is into the mother tongue from the main foreign language.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact


This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the university directly for further information.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850
  • International Students: £16,400

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


Scholarships and Awards:

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards on offer. For further information relevant to Language and Communication Studies, please click here.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

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International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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