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Programme structure: Translation (MA) - what's running in 2020/21

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

The full-time version of this programme is taken over one year for students starting in September.

Students starting in January initially take the unit “Translation Industry.” From the following September they follow the same programme as full-time students starting in September, minus 20 credits in optional units.

Students cannot take the same unit twice.

All full-time students will submit their dissertation in September and graduation will take place the following February.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Theories of Translation MODLM2015 20 Mandatory TB-1
Dissertation (MA Translation) MODLM2037 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Plus ONE of the following:
Applied Translation (French) MODLM2018 20 Optional TB-1
Applied Translation (Czech) MODLM2026 20 Optional TB-1
Applied Translation (German) MODLM2027 20 Optional TB-1
Applied Translation (Italian) MODLM2028 20 Optional TB-1
Applied Translation (Mandarin) MODLM2069 20 Optional TB-1
Applied Translation (Portuguese) MODLM2029 20 Optional TB-1
Applied Translation (Russian) MODLM2030 20 Optional TB-1
Applied Translation (Spanish) MODLM2031 20 Optional TB-1
Plus ONE of the following:
Introduction to Specialised Translation (French) MODLM2074 20 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Specialised Translation (Czech) MODLM2075 20 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Specialised Translation (German) MODLM2076 20 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Specialised Translation (Italian) MODLM2077 20 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Specialised Translation (Portuguese) MODLM2078 20 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Specialised Translation (Russian) MODLM2079 20 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Specialised Translation (Spanish) MODLM2080 20 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Specialised Translation (Mandarin) MODLM2081 20 Optional TB-2
Up to 40 credits from any of the options listed above (that have not already been taken) and other units from the list below, to a total of 60 credit points:
The Translation Industry MODLM2017 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Computer-Aided Translation MODLM2016 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Principles of subtitling MODLM0010 20 Optional TB-2
Supervised Individual Study AFACM0008 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
MA Translation   180      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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