Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Translation Studies is a relatively new academic study, but, over the years, it has gained much popularity. More and more institutions are introducing a variety of diploma and degree level courses in translation and interpreting. What I have observed, however, is that it is the European universities, which are comparatively more prone towards opening Translation Studies centres and departments, and offering a colourful variety of courses to the prospective students. The field of study is not quite popular with the US-based institutions, where only a handful of universities pay heed to translation studies. I will thus start with European, specifically the Uk-based, universities to talk about translation-related courses.

Owing to the mounting interest among students to opt for translation-related undergraduate and postgraduate courses, there is an obvious need for providing a rich source of information regarding these programmes around the world. I am starting this gigantic task with this post, which should be considered first in the series. In this first post, I am presenting links to the translation and interpreting courses offered at UK-based universities. I have tried my best to check out every Uk-based university’s academic programmes, so as not to miss out on a relevant diploma or degree. To the best of my knowledge, the following list is the most comprehensive in comparison with other such lists found online. Just for instance, in perhaps all the online lists, you may not find the mention of Aberystwyth University certificate in Welsh translation. Similarly, Cardiff University’s newly-established translation-related programme does not get a place on such lists. But, as you would find out while reading my posts in this series, I have taken care of presenting the latest and an all-encompassing list to my readers. I would appreciate your comments on the list, and would especially welcome your personal experiences with these courses and universities. If you could share your opinions as to which of these translation-related programmes you consider the best – and why – I will be able to reserve a future post for talking about some top courses and universities with reference to translation and interpretation. It will certainly be of great help to the students interested in this line of study.

Note: About a year ago, when I started to search for appropriate universities where I could begin my PhD research, I was confronted by a lack of information on the Internet. I, thus, had to spend a lot of time searching through a large number of universities across the world. Through this post – and those that will follow it – I aim at saving a lot of your time. 

Please note that I have given clickable links for the courses mentioned. They may not be appearing clickable to you (because of their black colour), but if you move the cursor on one of them, you will find them clickable.

Aberystwyth University:

* The certificate is offered by Aberystwyth University in collaboration with Bangor University, and it is offered only in Welsh.

Aston University:

Taught Courses:              

Research Degrees:         

Bangor University:

University of Bath:              

·         M.A. Interpreting and Translating: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-in-inte-and-tran
·         MA Translation and Professional Language Skills: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-in-tran-and-prof-lang-skil

University of Birmingham:

University of Bristol:

Cardiff University:



City University London:

Principles and Practice of Translation Postgraduate Certificate: http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/principles-and-practice-of-translation
Institute of Linguists Educational Trust (IoLET) Diploma in Translation: http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/cpd/institute-of-linguists-educational-trust-iolet-diploma-in-translation-module-1
Durham University:


·         MA in Translation Studies: http://www.dur.ac.uk/mlac/postgraduate/transstuds/
·         MA in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting: http://www.dur.ac.uk/mlac/postgraduate/ma-ar/


University of East Anglia:

Undergraduate Courses:

BA Translation Media and Honours Language (QP9H)

BA Translation and Interpreting with Double Honours Language (Q9R8)

Postgraduate Courses:

·         MA Applied Translation Studies: http://www.uea.ac.uk/lcs/courses/ma-applied-translation-studies
·         MA Literary Translation: http://www.uea.ac.uk/lit/courses/ma-literary-translation
·         MA Forensic Linguistics and Translation: http://www.uea.ac.uk/lcs/courses/ma-forensic-linguistics-and-translation
·         MPhil, PhD Literary Translation: http://www.uea.ac.uk/lit/postgraduateresearch
·         MPhil, PhD Language Communication Studies (note that translation studies is a part of these research degrees): http://www.uea.ac.uk/lcs/postgraduateresearch

University of Edinburgh:

University of Essex:

Taught Courses:              

·         PG Diploma Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting: http://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/course_details.aspx?course=DIP+T1Q909
·         MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting: http://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/course_details.aspx?course=MA++T1Q912
·         MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling: http://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/course_details.aspx?course=MA++Q91012
·         MA Translation and Literature: http://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/course_details.aspx?course=MA++Q2Q912

Research Degrees:

·         PhD, MPhil and MA by supervised research: http://www.essex.ac.uk/linguistics/pg_research/default.aspx

University of Exeter:

University of Glasgow:

MSc Translation Studies: Translation & Professional Practice: http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/translationstudiesprofessionalpractice/


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