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Diploma Translation Theory and Practice

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

9285 USD
4510 USD
4510 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Arts and Humanities
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

The programme aims to develop an understanding of translation in its social, cultural and historical contexts, a grasp of the technological environment in which modern commercial and/or literary translating takes place, and, where applicable, practical translation skills involving selected language pairs. The final dissertation project provides an opportunity to produce an extended annotated translation showcasing students' translation interests and abilities.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme offers several pathways. Each has one core module (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one year, part-time two years) is offered.

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Eligibility Criteria

Entry Requirement

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

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Course Modules

Core Modules

  • Translation Studies

Options may include the following

  • Advanced Translation including Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Scandinavian languages, Spanish
  • Digital Humanities modules
  • Electronic Publishing modules
  • Gender Studies
  • Interpreting modules
  • Linguistics modules
  • Specialised Translation modules
  • Translation and the Web
  • Translation in History
  • Translation Technology
  • Students may also choose options from across the Centre of Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry including African studies, comparative literature, European studies, gender studies

All students complete a 12,000-word dissertation consisting either of an annotated translation or of a critical discussion of theoretical, practical or historical aspects of translation.

Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical translation exercices, case studies and web-based classes, depending on the options chosen. The core modules is assessed by essay coursework. Optional modules are assessed through unseen and written examination, coursework, translation projects and essays.

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How to Apply

You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency.

Applications must be supported by:

  • two references from people who are able to comment on your suitability for the programme for which you are applying;
  • transcripts (in English) for all qualifications that are relevant to your application;
  • English language certificate (if applicable)
  • See a list of what you need to apply.
  • Please note that references must be received within two weeks of the programme deadline in order for you to have the best chance of being considered.

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