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MA - Master of Arts

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This course covers both professional and academic training. Translation Studies is an academically focused pathway. It provides you with substantial theoretical knowledge to develop an interest in the field of translating and/or interpreting as a topic of academic study and research. This course uses English and Chinese as working languages. This course has two stages lasting one year each. You can either: join the course at Stage 1 and follow the two-year course or join at Stage 2 and follow the one-year course. This depends on your previous qualifications and experience.

Assessment is by: Examination; practical assessments; class/seminar presentations; essays or assignments and other submitted work (including a dissertation or project). We organise study visits and/or internship work placements for our translating and interpreting students. There are study visits to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the Directorate General for Interpreting of the European Commission in Brussels. We also help our students to participate in conferences as interpreters, or take up translation assignments, when opportunities arise.

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24 months

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This module aims to develop an understanding of practical issues in translating through translating simple, general business, technical, and literary texts; to develop an understanding of modern tools of translation; to develop skills in resolving different types of equivalence problems: syntactic, semantic and pragmatic; to raise awareness of translation strategies with insight into translation problems and their possible solutions and to produce students who can produce and evaluate a more substantial piece of practical work in translating. This module provide students with fundamental understanding and knowledge of translating. Lectures provide input of translation theories followed by practical exercises to link theory to practice.

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Stage one entry: Students should have a 2:1 honours degree OR a degree with a minimum average of 75% (or GPA 2.75) on your transcript. Stage two entry (advanced): Students should have a 2:1 honours degree OR a degree with a minimum average of 80% (or GPA 3.0) on your transcript. You must also have expert second-language knowledge.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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