MA in Translation in a European Context

Our Masters in Translation in a European Context provides an academic qualification for those intending to become, or who already are, professional translators.
Translation studies

Why choose this course?

  • This programme is a member of the European Masters in Translation (EMT) Network, which has established a quality label for university translation programmes that meet agreed professional standards and market demands,  and of the OPTIMALE project.
  • Work towards Chartered Institute of Linguists' certification and TRADOS certification
  • Excellence in Translation Award (sponsored by the Translation People Company) for the best student overall on the MA in Translation in a European Context
  • Amicus Transtec Prize (sponsored by Amicus TransTec Limited) for the best final assignment in module LIM015, The Translation Profession
  • We are a corporate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).
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Entry requirements & fees

Duration: Full-time: 12 months. Part-time: 2-3 years

Start date(s): October 

Distance learning available: No

Intake: Approximately 15 per year

Entry requirements: A good UK Honours Degree (minimum 2:1) in Translation Studies, French and/or German and/or Spanish or a related discipline or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Holders of the Chartered Institute of Linguists' Diploma in Translation and Members of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) may be awarded credits for prior experience.

Fees for 2015/16*: 
UK/ EU: £5,250
Non-EU: £13,500 
*These figures have not been confirmed, but they are expected to be approximately as stated. Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees. 

Application: We recommend that overseas students apply before the end of June due to visa requirements as these can take a few weeks to process.

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Our Masters in Translation in a European Context provides an academic qualification for those intending to become, or who already are, professional translators. It links the development of expertise in advanced translation skills (especially in political and journalistic texts) with theoretical and professional aspects of translation. The programme also encourages the development of an understanding of European integration.

Sample module options

The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research. Assessment is on a credit accumulation basis and by written examination (practical translation modules), oral examination (text analysis module) or extended essay (remaining modules). Successful completion of the taught modules is a precondition for proceeding to a 15,000 word dissertation leading to the MA.

Career prospects   

Recent destinations for our graduates include translators, technical editors and translation project managers for translation companies and software developers, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

You will have access to:
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.

Read what the staff have to say about their programme:

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''The MA in Translation in a European Context really prepares students for a career in translation. It provides them with unique opportunities to work with industry experts and to develop their translation skills in a high-quality environment. The possibility of gaining professional accreditations and prizes is a real bonus!''

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Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Nicole Euring

Graduate MA Translation in a European Context

I'm a Translation Coordinator at the major accounting firm Ernst & Young in Germany, where I benefit from the language skills and experiences I gained at Aston University. My job is varied and I enjoy being in contact with many different people (both clients and translators).


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