MA Professional Translation

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    MA 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time

Course Description

The MA in Professional Translation (MAPT) will develop you from an excellent foreign language speaker into a successful professional linguist.

In 2009 the MAPT became one of only five UK-based founding members of the European Master’s in Translation Network, set up by the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) of the European Commission to raise standards of translator training. We are very proud that MATI was accepted into the EMT in 2019 and that both of our MA programmes were EMT members until January 2021, when UK programmes were excluded from the Network as a consequence of Brexit.

In this degree, you will undertake advanced translation work on general, administrative and technical text, and training in industry-standard Computer-Assisted Translation tools.

The first part of the degree includes opportunities to develop specialised skills in public service interpreting, audiovisual translation, machine translation and software localisation, terminology management, etc.

In the simulated translation bureau module, you simulate translation companies by working with local translation businesses and delivering on real commissions to professional standards.

In the second part of the degree, you are presented with a choice of two extended translations or an academic dissertation, or a 13-week internship at a translation company in the UK or overseas.

Language pairs (subject to demand):

  • German > English
  • English > German
  • French > English
  • English > French
  • English > Italian
  • Spanish > English
  • English > Spanish
  • English > Welsh
  • English > Arabic
  • English > Mandarin


As a former member of the European Master’s in Translation Network, Swansea University has an established profile in professional translation. We have industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities and a robust global network of external organisations to help shape your studies.

The Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting section is based on our energising Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay.

Designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard, the Graduate Centre provides a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study.

It offers postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Entry Requirements

A degree, normally in Translation, a Language or a related subject, normally a 2:1 or above (or equivalent). As an alternative, we can accept a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience. Overseas and European applicants must achieve IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

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Programme Funding

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries for both taught and research courses to help you fund your study.

Student Destinations

The vocational MA in Professional Translation will significantly enhance your prospects for a career in translation. Over the course of your studies, or your internship, you may make important connections for your future work.

Graduates from this course enter a range of different translation and interpreting roles. Many also undertake research degrees and pursue a career in academia.

Module Details

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