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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.38k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 16.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    You will study translation practice in small language-specific groups, with a focus on professional standards. There is a wide range of options to choose from, allowing you to customise your studies. Languages currently on offer (subject to demand) are: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish, all paired with English.

    Learning from professionals and academics in a supportive environment, you will be entering a highly specialised programme, preparing you for a growing professional market, as well as for the exciting research opportunities in this expanding field. Professional translators bring their real-world experience and standards into the classroom as tutors.

    Experienced academic staff with excellent research records will help you to develop a broad understanding of the current and future challenges of translation. Regular seminars in our Translation Studies series, held throughout the year, provide additional insights from a range of experienced professionals

    Why Surrey?
    This internationally recognised programme a member of the European Masters in Translation Network has, for over 25 years, been preparing students to work as professional translators, terminologists and, latterly, project managers, specialising in the translation of economics / business and scientific / technical texts.

    Module overview
    Programme structure
    * At least two of these modules must be selected

    C - Compulsory, O - Optional

    Modules -Credits /MA

    * Economics / Business Translation - 15 / C*

    * Scientific / Technical Translation - 15 / C*

    * Ab initio Language for Translation Purposes - 15 / C*

    * Translation Issues 1 - 15 / C

    * Translation Issues 2 - 15 / O

    * Computer-assisted Translation Tools - 15 / O

    * Technical Writing - 15 / O

    * Translation of Persuasive Texts - 15 / O

    * Translating Cultures - 15 / O

    * Translation and Corpora - 15 / O

    * Dissertation - 60 / C

    Compulsory modules
    Economics / Business Translation (language pair-specific)

    This module provides students who have no previous experience of specialist translation in economics/business with the opportunity to reach an acceptable professional level of translation competence. It combines regular translation practice in smaller groups with lectures on the underlying principles of economics and applied economics.

    Scientific / Technical Translation (language pair-specific)

    This module provides students who have no previous experience of specialist translation in science/technology with the opportunity to reach an acceptable professional level of translation competence. It combines regular translation practice in smaller groups with lectures on the underlying principles of science and technology.

    Ab initio Language for Translation Purposes

    This module provides you with the chance to study a new language for translation purposes. It is particularly useful for students with only one foreign language who wish to add to their portfolio of translation languages. At the end of the module, you will have the basis for further professional development in the chosen language.

    Translation Issues 1

    This module provides you with a framework for understanding important aspects of translation and translating, drawing on key concepts from text linguistics, semiotics and text processing, as well as terminology studies.

    Dissertation
    This module allows you to specialise in an aspect of the programme of particular interest by writing a topic-based dissertation, by doing a translation with commentary or by compiling an electronic termbase with commentary. Successful completion of the module requires close collaboration with a supervisor and good planning and organisation skills.

    Teaching hours

    * Teaching: 1012 hours per week
    * Private study: 2830 hours per week
    * Dissertation: Approximately 600 hours over three months

    European Masters in Translation

    In 2009, the European Commission launched a major initiative to spread good practice in translator training through its European Masters in Translation network. Following careful vetting, our MA Translation programme was amongst the first to be selected to be a member of this exciting new group, offering you further professional recognition when enrolling on this programme.

    Professional recognition

    Students may join the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) or the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) as student members.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    program_requirements

    Native English speakers: a minimum of a UK 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant language, translation or other relevant subject. Speakers of other languages: an equivalent to a minimum of a UK 2.2 honours degree in English or another relevant subject. In exceptional cases, alternative qualifications and professional experience may be considered. Non-native speakers of English will also have to meet the English language requirements specified for this programme.English language requirements * IELTS minimum overall: 6.5 * IELTS minimum by component: * Reading: 6.0 Writing: 7.0 Speaking: 6.0 Listening: 6.0We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Scholarships
    Surrey and Santander Scholarships
    The University of Surrey are pleased to offer three scholarship schemes aimed at further enhancing our cultural diversity:

    * Surrey Country Scholarships
    * Santander Country Scholarships
    * Santander University Scholarships

    Tullow Oil Scholarship Scheme
    The University of Surrey is delighted to announce it has recently been selected to participate in the Tullow Oil Scholarship Scheme.

    Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Scheme
    Open to lecturers and administrative staff at Indonesian universities.

    Discounts for Surrey graduates
    Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumni of Surrey you could be eligible for a 10% discount on our Taught Masters programme fees.

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