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Literary Translation Studies (MA) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-Q3PB
  • Part-time: P-Q3PBP
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

The MA in Literary Translation Studies lets you combine your intellectual talents with your professional ambitions, gaining a strong grounding in translation theory whilst benefitting from our distinct emphasis on the practice of literary translation.

The MA in Literary Translation Studies is aimed at students whose language combination includes English and any other language. This might be a language that you have studied formally in an academic setting, a language that is part of your cultural heritage, a 'big' language or a 'small' language, a modern language or a classical language; it can be a language from anywhere in the world. You do not need to be a native speaker of English but you should feel confident about translating into English from your other language(s).

The MA in Literary Translation Studies will teach you to think critically and theoretically about translation, but it will also hone your practical translation skills. Our practising literary translators will introduce you to the 'real world' of literary translation should you wish to work in the field after completing your degree.

This MA also provides excellent training for a number of other careers including publishing, journalism and teaching, and for doctoral study. You may pursue your studies full-time or part-time and we endeavour to support and take into consideration the needs and existing commitments of part-time and commuting students.

Further information is available on the MA in Literary Translation Studies on the English and Comparative Literary Studies website.

Core Modules

  • Dissertation (16,000 words)
  • Translation Studies in Theory and Practice
  • Literary Translation and Creative (Re) Writing Workshop or The Practice of Literary Translation (NB: these translation workshops will generally be offered on biannual rotation, subject to availability)

Optional Core Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Stylistics Workshop
  • Crossing Borders
  • Chinese Poetry and the Western Reader
  • Small Press Publishing
  • Trans/national Cultures
  • Multilingualism
  • Caliban's Legacy in the Caribbean
  • The Lure of Italy

Optional Modules

You may choose one optional module from any of the modules on offer in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, the Warwick Writing Programme, the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, or other academic units in the Faculty of Arts. Taking modules outside the home department is subject to the prior approval of both the module instructor and the MA in Literary Translation Studies Convenor.


Two- or three-hour weekly lectures, seminars or workshop for each module. There are two core modules (one in Term 1 and one in Term 2). Students also take an optional core module and an elective module (one in either term), attend Research Methods training and write a dissertation. For your dissertation, you may either pursue a research project or work on a literary translation with an accompanying critical reflection. You will be allocated an individual supervisor and the expectation is that you will meet with the supervisor four times beginning in Term 2. Part-time students will take their core modules and complete Research Methods training in Year 1, and take their optional core and elective modules plus write their dissertation in Year 2.

Contact Hours

You will receive 4 contact hours per week during term 1 and 2.

Class Sizes

Seminars are capped at 15 students.


Assessment for modules typically takes the form of a research essay or a translation portfolio. Assessment for the dissertation is a 16,000-word research project or literary translation with critical reflection.

Skills from this degree

  • Training in literary translation
  • Advanced editing skills

Minimum requirements Mid 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in English Literature, Modern Languages or a related degree*

English language requirements Band C
IELTS overall score of 7.5, minimum component scores of two at 6.5/7.0 and the rest at 7.5 or above

*Applicants are required to provide a translation sample to demonstrate suitability for the course

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

Additional Course Costs

Students are expected to buy the set primary texts for each module they study.

EN964 Translation Studies in Theory and Practice has a set text that is available for purchase from the bookshop. EN964 typically also requires students to purchase a student theatre ticket for a performance at the Warwick Arts Centre in Term 1.

Recent graduates have gone on to work as translators and interpreters, as teachers, in publishing and journalism, and to doctoral study, among other destinations.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Understanding Assessment Centres
  • Careers following your Warwick Writing Programme degree
  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Careers in Publishing and Journalism
  • Freelancing
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Getting started in literary translation

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

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