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Translation and Professional Communication Skills (MA)

Master of Arts
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Learn how to communicate across different languages and cultures on this MA in Translation and Professional Communication Skills. On this UK master’s degree you'll gain specialist knowledge in translation, mediation and interpreting. You'll be well prepared for a career in multicultural and multilingual settings.

This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.

Each year we get many high-quality applications and places for many of our courses are very competitive.

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For the 2022 to 2023 academic year this course is only available for translation between English and Chinese.

On this UK master’s course at the University of Southampton, you'll get to choose from range of specialist modules, including:

  • translation
  • mediation
  • interpreting
  • subtitling
  • professional writing and editing

This master’s degree in translation and professional communication skills combines theoretical learning with practical exercises to develop skills you’ll need for a range of multilingual and multicultural environments. As well as working with translation theorists and practitioners, you'll study with experts in cultural and literary studies, history, ethnography and anthropology.

You’ll also get the chance to use software such as Trados and memoQ - widely used in language-related professions - and familiarise yourself with industry-standard interpreting equipment.

An optional placement module will give you the chance to apply what you’ve learnt to a work environment of your choice.

As a postgraduate student, you’ll be a member of the dynamic research environment here at Southampton. You’ll improve your knowledge through events hosted by the:

Course lead

The course lead is Dr James Minney, Head of Department in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.  
Dr Minney’s research interests include regional languages in France, in particular Flemish in French Flanders. He also focuses on translation theory and practice, questions of language and identity in wider contexts, and non-standard varieties of French. Find out more on Dr Minney’s staff profile page.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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