MSc/PgDip Business Translation & Interpreting

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time

Study with us

  • gain practical experience through industry-based activities on a flexible, skill-building course
  • boost employability by participating in the SDL Trados Certification Program
  • option to pursue a research pathway toward PhD study
  • skill-focused, practical course combines business knowledge and translation/interpreting skills
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Why this course?

The translation industry is on the rise and specialist translators are highly sought after.

The integration of business knowledge and translation/interpreting skills will give you a competitive edge in the job market, opening up a broader range of career opportunities.

Through the skill-focused and practical nature of the course, you'll gain invaluable industry experience and proficiency in translation and interpreting, which will potentially enhance your employability.

Our lecturers have a wide range of practical and research experience in translation and interpreting.

The practical translation and interpreting sessions will include industry-based tasks.

Glasgow is the economic centre of Scotland, where you can expect to experience a rich cultural and social life.

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All of my lecturers and my supervisor at Strathclyde were very helpful and supportive. It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience to study in Strathclyde and also live in a city with marvelous buildings and warm-hearted people.
Siyu Luna Luo
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What you’ll study

Your classes will include: 

  • Text Typology & Translation
  • Professional Interpreting Practice
  • Translation and Language Technology
  • Interpreting for Business and Commerce
  • Business Translation
  • Translation & Interpreting Studies
  • Dissertation/Translation project

Facilities

Our translation labs are equipped with translation software, highly desired in the translation industry, such as SDL Trados.

Learning & teaching

Lectures, workshops and lab practice will all ensure exposure to and engagement with real-world translation and interpreting scenarios.

Assessment

Assessment will be delivered through written assignments, practical interpreting scenarios, practical translation tasks, team and/or individual projects.

Please note

Currently, we only admit students who can master another language in addition to English, from the following:

  • Chinese
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French
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Course content

Text Typology and Translation

You are introduced to a variety of text types and gain practical experience of the translation strategies for effective translation of a wide range of specialised texts, including commercial, technical and political texts. This class will allow you to gain a professional level of translation proficiency.

Translation and Interpreting Studies

You get to know contemporary translation theory relating to business translation and interpreting and be able to critically evaluate the appropriateness and acceptability of your own and others’ translations and interpretations.

Professional Interpreting Practice

You will gain a practical knowledge of the various techniques and skills required to reach proficiency as an interpreter and be able to use them effectively in different modes of interpreting through practice.

Translation and Language Technology

You will gain hands-on experience of various cutting-edge translation tools to improve translation consistency and efficiency. You will also have the opportunity to work towards an industr-recognised qualification from SDL Trados.

Interpreting for Business and Commerce
This component introduces you to the professional dimension of interpreting through a variety of business and economics-related scenarios.
Business Translation

This class provides you with further exposure to a variety of authentic business texts to translate and evaluate, through which experience of commerce and the translation industry will be gained.

 

Optional classes
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication 
  • Narrative Processing across Languages & Cultures 
  • Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies 
  • Research Skills in Literature, Culture & Communication
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Entry requirements

Academic/ professional requirements

Preferably a first or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent. Academic backgrounds need not be English or translation, however, knowledge in business and economics is desirable. Individual cases will be considered on their own merits, such as qualifications and past work experiences.

Please note that currently we only admit students who can master another language in addition to English, from the following:

  • Chinese
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French
English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years. Considerations will also be given to those who do not meet the entry requirements for IELTS but passed the Pre-Masters Programme at the University of Strathclyde.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Aptitude test

Suitable applicants are required to pass an aptitude test prior to admission, comprising of a written translation test. This may be followed by an oral interview to further demonstrate your language proficiency. The oral interview can be conducted face-to-face or online, according to circumstances.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£6,800

Rest of UK

£6,800

International

£15,300

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Strathclyde Alumni

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Translation and interpreting play a fundamental role in the transmission of information, ideas, ideologies and identities across boundaries of language and culture. I'm passionate about helping students to develop the skills that they need to identify and overcome barriers to communication, and to thrive in industry. I am also highly enthusiastic about bringing theory into dialogue with practice.
Sharon Deane-Cox
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Careers

Students gain professional proficiency in translation and liaison interpreting, specialising in business and commerce, which will open up a broad array of potential career paths from within the translation industry to global commerce and media.

Job titles from both the public and private sectors could include, but not necessarily be restricted to:

  • translator
  • interpreter
  • technical writer
  • international communication specialist (in advertising, marketing, media, and public affairs)
  • educator
  • administrator

Equipped with new business skills, you could also work freelance or establish your own translation and interpreting agency or business. This MSc is also a stepping-stone to pursue a PhD in the field of translation and/or interpreting.

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Business Translation and Interpreting

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Business Translation and Interpreting

Qualification: PG Diploma
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

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Postgraduate Enquiries

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (GMT)

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-pg-enquiries@strath.ac.uk