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Translation and Cultures - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

Are you interested in becoming an adept communicator between different nations or cultures?

This exciting, innovative new degree course draws on cutting-edge academic research by a new team of experts in translation, transnational and transcultural studies. You’ll develop a rigorous theoretical understanding of translation, informed by the latest research in transnational and transcultural studies, with the opportunity to produce your own translations and/or analyse and compare existing translations.

The interdisciplinary programme examines translation between English and one of Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish in a cultural context. You’ll cover translation theory and practice, as well as transnational and transcultural approaches, multiligualism, and audiovisual translation. You’ll also develop excellent communication and critical skills.

After graduating, you’ll be well qualified to seek out work within linguistic and intercultural mediation, or to apply for further study or applied research, including on Warwick’s own new PhD programme in Translation.

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This is a taught MA with a significant research component in the form of a compulsory Dissertation, which you will be supported in writing by a Dissertation Supervisor who is an expert in the field. The core translation portfolio includes extensive provision for one-to-one tutoring alongside scheduled teaching in a mixed workshop/seminar format.

Contact Hours:

The course will involve 35 hours of work per week, typically comprising 3 hours of seminar teaching, 1 hour of lectures, up to 1 hour of tutoring and 30 hours of independent study over Terms 1 and 2; in Term 3, which is focused on the Dissertation, you will typically have a weekly average of one hour of one-to-one supervision and 34 hours of independent study. 

Class Sizes:

From 1 to 20 for seminar teaching; individual supervision for the dissertation component.


Modules are assessed by written assignments, consisting of essays, translations and/or analytical commentaries on translations, as well as by porfolio in the case of some core and option modules. From the summer term of year 1, students will start work on a Dissertation, which may take the form of a translation and analytical commentary appropriately grounded in relevant academic research.

This course was new for 2018 entry. It will leave you well placed to enter a career within the field of linguistic and intercultural mediation, including roles in translation, publishing or the media.

Potential applicants are warmly encouraged to meet with the Convenor or School Director of Graduate Studies by appointment.

Please contact the SMLC Postgraduate Secretary Caroline Parker at to arrange a visit.

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Essential information

Course Code

(P-Q910P for part-time)


Full-time: 1 year

(October 2019 - October 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(October 2019 - October 2021)

Entry Requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject (including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, or another Humanities subject)

English Language Requirements

Band B

IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Department of Study

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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Any scholarships available will be advertised here. For 2018-19 we offered three fees-only scholarships to outstanding Home/EU students. It’s likely that a similar number of such scholarships will be available again for 2019-20 but please check online for up-to-date information.

Additional Course Costs

There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as the cost of printing and binding your Dissertation. You should consider these costs when deciding whether or not to accept your offer. You can find this information here.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.