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Literary Translation

There is widespread interest in literary translation as a form of literary study, and as a discipline that extends the reading and writing skills obtained in an Arts degree. Trinity College builds on its large and successful language teaching experience in creating a programme specifically designed for the production and study of literary translations.

The course brings together in an interdisciplinary framework, the expertise to create a unique programme for practitioners, future practitioners and students of the art of translation.

The target language is English, but the following source languages are also available: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Czech and Polish. Where requested, we will try to provide support in other languages. The programme is taught by experienced lecturers, several of whom have published translated books, and by guest translators. It features a seminar in which students present and discuss their own work.

A graduate of the course will be well equipped to undertake literary, cultural, academic or philosophical translation, and will be qualified for employment in any area demanding intercultural awareness and excellent writing and analytical skills. The aim is to each translation as an art, and to form professionals who will have learned to work in an ethos of mutual intellectual and linguistic exchange.

The M.Phil combines two core courses, which address theoretical, linguistic and practical issues common to all, or most translation situations. It also provides a selection of specialised options, which include courses on the practical issues of literary translation and the comparative approach.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good honors degree in at least one language, or a degree plus proven language competence, or experience at a suitable level as a translator.


1 year full-time
This course runs from September to the following August

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr. Peter Arnds,
Telephone: +353-1-896 1501
Email: or

Assessment method

Your MPhil course consists of course work assessed by essay, of translation work, options and a dissertation on a translation-related topic. There are core elements (common to everyone) and options.

Application date

Closing Date 31st March 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2017

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