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Translation and Cultures (MA) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-Q910
  • Part-time: P-Q910P
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Translation and Cultures MA aims to provide students with a rigorous academic grounding in the theoretical and practical study of translation. Warwick will equip students with theoretical & practical skills to enhance their effectiveness as translators and other areas of transcultural mediation.


Are you interested in becoming an adept communicator between different nations or cultures? This exciting, innovative new 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 and multilingualism. 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.


Core Modules

  • Translation Studies in Theory and Practice
  • Translation Portfolio
  • Research Skills in Modern Languages
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

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

  • Trans/national Cultures
  • Multilingualism
  • The Practice of Literary Translation
  • Crossing Borders
  • Chinese Poetry and the Western Reader
  • Small Press Publishing

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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 an approximately 20,000-word Dissertation, which may take the form of a translation and analytical commentary appropriately grounded in relevant academic research.


Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related 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

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

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.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


Graduates from these courses have pursued roles such as: authors, writers and translators; legal professionals and marketing associate professionals.

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:

  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
  • Languages Alumni Evening

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.