The MA in Translation Studies provides expert training in the linguistic and intercultural knowledge and communication skills required to become a professional translator. Drawing on wide-ranging expertise in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the course currently allows you to focus on translation between one or more of the following languages and English: French, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Portuguese and German. Through hands-on practical language classes, the course builds the high-level language competence necessary to work in a broad range of fields, such as business, commerce, publishing, tourism and journalism.
In addition it offers up-to-date training in the research methods and tools used by contemporary translators, providing a comprehensive grounding for further postgraduate research. As well as offering recent language graduates the opportunity to refine professional language skills, the course also caters for practising translators who want specialist knowledge of developments in translation studies, translation technology and language resources.
The MA in Translation Studies course is one year full-time or two years part-time. The taught element (or Part I) takes place on the main UCC campus from September to April. Depending on your chosen language combination, you can expect around 12-15 principal contact hours per week during term time, with most of the core hours delivered between 4 and 6pm on week days. Guided self-study and small-group practice will be an important part of the practical translation training.
As well as the taught elements of the course, you are expected to complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation. The research dissertation element of the course (Part II) is supported by one-to-one tutorials.