This qualification is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a translator, equipping you to work in the fast-growing translation-services industry. You'll experiment with different genres through practical, inspiring translation activities, and hone your practice through peer review. You'll gain hands-on experience of using tools necessary to operate in this rapidly evolving area (e.g. audiovisual translation or cloud-based translation tools). You'll underpin your work with an understanding of translations theories and debates. You can study French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Chinese – in combination with English.
Key features of the course
•Choose from French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Modern Standard Arabic – in combination with English.
•Engage in authentic translation tasks and connect with established translation communities to develop useful employability skills.
•Have the option to undertake a substantial translation or a more traditional academic dissertation.
The Open University is recognised as a HE Language Partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) and is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting (ITI). We are also members of the Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies of the UK and Ireland (APTIS UK).
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
•Knowledge and understanding
•Practical and professional skills
If you've successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded an MA in Translation entitling you to use the letters MA Trans (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.