MA Applied Translation Studies

Part Time
Degree of Master of Arts


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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Alumni from our MA programmes have gone to have successful careers in the huge global growth industry relating to applied translation and intercultural communication. Find out more about their experience of their time at UEA and how it has helped them in their career.

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Translation is a huge growth industry. The demand for well-qualified translators is steadily increasing across the globe. On our MA in Applied Translation Studies you apply the theory of translation in a wide range of practical ways.

You will receive training in the technological tools that professionals use daily. In addition, you can specialise in Professional Translation (work experience, specialised technical and ethical knowledge of the translation profession), or Forensic Linguistics and Translation (translation when witnessing, experiencing or judging crime) through optional pathways through the MA. Translation workshops and feedback on translations from professional translator mentors create an effective bridge with the translation industry.

On completing the MA, you will be well qualified to move into the profession or into postgraduate research.


Translation is a huge growth industry and the demand for well-qualified translators is steadily increasing across the globe.

The programme enables you to apply the theory of translation in a wide range of practical ways, offering a wealth of opportunities to expand your practical experience in readiness for a move into professional translation. You have the option to focus on a specific professional translation pathway in the second semester options as well as:

  • Developing an individual portfolio of your own translations in consultation with a professional translator 
  • Experience of working on practical group projects in a working environment 
  • Being trained in the application and use of the latest technological tools for translators

The MA also provides a solid base for those wishing to pursue further postgraduate research in Translation Studies. You will benefit from our established experience in Applied Translation Studies where we are continually building on the MA’s proven strengths.

This course is distinctive because we are able to cater for students with a very wide range of language pairs, one of which is always English. We welcome students from across the globe and this makes seminars particularly engaging for staff and students alike as we all learn a great deal about each other’s languages and cultures. All seminars have a generic focus which is then applied to your language pair in practice via projects and essay work.

Course Content and Assessment

The course runs for two years on a part-time basis. You will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, to build a solid foundation in the discipline and then specialise in areas that particularly interest you.  

In your first semester, you will take these compulsory modules:

  • Translation and Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Translation in Context

In your second semester, you will take these compulsory modules:

  • Technological Tools for Translators 
  • Academic and Research Skills

In option ranges in the second semester, you can specialise further. The range usually includes:

  • Translation Work Experience
  • Translation as a Profession
  • Language Issues in a Global Multilingual Context 
  • Intercultural Communication in Practice

Assessment is on the basis of coursework which principally involves presentations, translations, commentaries and essays.

Final Dissertation

In addition to the modules above, you will have the opportunity to write a dissertation. This can be a 90 credit translation and commentary of 15,000 words, or a critical essay on a topic of your choice (12,000-15,000 words in length). 

If you decide to take two optional modules in the second semester, you will take a 70 credit dissertation where the word counts are 12,000 for the translation and commentary and 10,000-12,000 for the critical essay. 

Key modules

Our training in Technological Tools for Translators exposes you to the main tools used by professional translators today and keeps you abreast of new developments. You also have the opportunity to use subtitling tools on this module. We are academic partners of the leading software providers MemoQ, MemSource and SDL Trados and gratefully acknowledge their support.

The Translation Work Experience module is highly distinctive. It provides you with the opportunity to work on professional translation briefs for public service organisations in the UK and abroad, notably museum services.

The Translation as a Profession module prepares you to join a diverse range of careers in language services while enhancing your understanding of professional, technical and ethical aspects of translation.

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Translation Workshops

In conjunction with the MA in Literary Translation offered by the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, we provide a series of translation workshops each semester delivered by practising translators and academics which give you insights into both the translation profession and academic discussions about aspects of the industry.

It is also possible to participate in the editing of the Norwich Papers journal which is devoted to essays on translation.


The James Platt Centre houses a media library, a state-of-the-art digitised Sanako language laboratory and interpreting suite including high-spec professional interpreter training facilities, a large multi-media self-access resources room, including computer-assisted translation, and professional subtitling software (SDL Trados and MultiTerm 2014, MemoQ, WINcaps). These materials complement the excellent holdings of the UEA library. High quality IT facilities are available throughout the University.

Transferable Skills and Careers

You will develop a high level of theoretical and practical knowledge of applied translation, including how to evaluate the relevance and usefulness of a range of critical approaches to your needs and circumstances, refine your ability to read and utilise research literature, and learn how to participate effectively in written and oral debate. 

Many of our students go into the translation industry but also enter a wide range of other professions.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module provides an introduction to the computer-based tools and methodologies used in the translation industry, and examines their strengths and weaknesses. We teach the market-leading applications (SDL Multiterm / Trados), including free access to official SDL Certification tests. Students then specialise in translation software (MemoQ) or subtitling software (WinCAPS). A 'learning by doing' approach is adopted, and we replicate real-world working conditions through an international collaborative team project. Students learn to be confident explorers and adopters of translation technologies, so they can master any new tools they need in future. A demonstrator is available throughout for individual support.




This module explores issues fundamental to translation as process and product in a practical context. The theoretical component of the module discusses various ways of thinking about 'equivalence' in translation with a particular focus on functional equivalence and issues of power. These considerations are contextualised in the applied component of the module which features a series of sessions on specialised translation in practice, typically covering the following areas: technical/scientific; legal; news translation; multimedia; advertising; and localisation. Students will develop a portfolio of translations and have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from professional translators and linguists.



Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module explores ways in which concepts and notions develop into theoretical approaches. Students will analyze published translations and discuss how various theoretical perspectives can be fruitfully applied to account for the strategies used by translators. These strategies will be examined by addressing key areas in translation studies (TS) such as equivalence, implied meaning, ethics, the history of TS, the cultural turn and philosophical approaches. The overarching aims are: to increase your understanding of translation theories, to recognise the underpinnings of translation studies in general, and to consider the assumptions and attitudes which may affect your own practice as a translator.



Students will select 80 - 100 credits from the following modules:

Students who select the 100 credit dissertation PPLC7001X must choose 20 credits from Option Range B. Students who select the 80 credit dissertation PPLC7005X must choose 40 credits from Option Range B.

Name Code Credits


The dissertation module is a compulsory requirement for all taught MA programmes and integrates a compulsory year-long programme of Academic and Research Skills training sessions. The choice of a research topic for the dissertation is made by the students in consultation with their course convenor and/or supervisor. Formative assessment for the module includes an Oral Viva based on an abstract, methodological outline and provisional bibliography for the dissertation in the early stages of the period of supervision.




The dissertation module is a compulsory requirement for all taught MA programmes and integrates a compulsory year-long programme of Academic and Research Skills training sessions. The choice of a research topic for the dissertation is made by the students in consultation with their course convenor and/or supervisor. Formative assessment for the module includes an Oral Viva based on an abstract, methodological outline and provisional bibliography for the dissertation in the early stages of the period of supervision.



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

Students who select 40 credits must enrol onto PPLC7005X in Option Range A. Students who select 20 credits must enrol onto PPLC7001X in Option Range A.

Name Code Credits


Forensic linguistics comprises the study of language in legal contexts, and this module includes the study of how laws and legal texts are interpreted and translated, how language can be used to one's advantage in the court of law and what the role of language is in breaking the law, investigating and solving crime. Translation is relevant in this context because it plays an important part in how information is obtained and understood in challenging circumstances, such as police interviews with witnesses and suspects. All these aspects of the subject are taught using authentic examples and materials for practical activities.




This module explores the issues fundamental to intercultural communication (IC) in practical contexts. The theoretical component of the module examines the different ways of thinking about effective communication in a variety of work-based environments. We will also relate theory to the practice of intercultural communication in the LCS public lectures. During these lectures, invited practitioners will introduce students to how IC operates in specific organisations, e.g. in government agencies, in multilingual business management, education etc. The module is relevant to those wishing to pursue careers in international management and relations, multilingual business and international development; it is also of interest to those who wish to become more effective communicators in other professions such as translation, interpreting, education and cultural mediation.




This module focuses on language-related issues associated with the globalisation of communication and the media. It considers a range of materials - texts and their translation(s), multilingual sources of information (e.g. global news, consumer information, websites), products of audiovisual translation (e.g. subtitling, dubbing, voice over), IT mediated or processed texts, etc - 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). Receptive knowledge of at least one language other than the mother tongue required.




This module equips MA students with understanding of professional, technical and ethical aspects of the translation profession. By the end of the module, students will understand the diverse range of careers in language services and know how to take the first steps on their chosen career path, or have identified a graduate research project focusing on the translation profession. Module content is flexible to reflect students' interests. Each student will select and research an aspect of the industry in detail during the module, then identify an assessment topic to reflect their own interests, with support from the module leader.




This module is aimed at MA Translation students with no (or little) previous translation work experience, and students who have experience of professional translation but would like the opportunity to review their practices by reflecting on, and critically documenting, the processes involved. It is based on work on authentic translation assignments negotiated with commercial clients and is very practical: it will promote hands-on sensitisation to aspects of professional commercial translation, to problems involved in translating to specifications, producing and presenting a product of professional standard, to techniques of translation and to the use of reference materials and support resources. It will enable you to apply your analytical and linguistic skills, and to develop a range of key practical skills, including research skills, project and time management, reflective and review skills.




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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 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 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 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.


All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

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).

We estimate living expenses at £820 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.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

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

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

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

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