Applied Linguistics: Translation MA

The MA Applied Linguistics: Translation programme will enable you to improve your promotion prospects by studying theories of translation and language learning, developing project management and IT skills, learning about the changing uses of English around the world, reflecting on connections with other language professionals, and generating new knowledge through learning how to conduct your own research.

York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 19 Full-time Home & EU students: £6,000, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
Full-time & Part-time options available

Course overview

Whether you have experience in translation or are hoping to break into the profession, we will help you to develop your individual interests within the context of your professional practice and encourage you to present your research findings to the applied linguistic community.

Language pairs available:

  • French/German/Japanese -> English
  • English -> Mandarin

Other language pairs may be available depending on demand. Please enquire.

Key points

  • Join our thriving community of linguists.
  • Be taught by experienced, research-active staff and practising translators.
  • Receive training in the use of CAT tools.
  • Be supported by our specialist librarians and writing development services.
  • Study either part-time or full-time (UK/EU students only).
  • Enjoy our beautiful campus in the heart of historic York.

Course structure

MA Applied Linguistics- Translation (PDF, 78KB)

This programme is designed for practising or intending translators, attracting students from around the world. Guided by an experienced team of staff, you will critically reflect on translation theories and carry out your own research, which we will encourage you to present to the translation and applied linguistics communities. You will improve your own translating skills and learn about working methods in today’s translation industry. You will be given the opportunity to achieve certification from the market leader in computer assisted translation, SDL Trados.

An up-to-date list of the language pairs available can be found on the programme webpage.


Modules may include:

  • Translation Methodology & Practice - This module explores translation methodology as an academic field, allowing participants to critically reflect on the relevance of theory to practice.
  • Translation Technology & Practice - We provide participants with training in using computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools and an introduction to subtitling, while providing insight into working methods in the translation industry.

Both modules include language-specific translation practice, allowing participants to hone their translating skills while fine-tuning their linguistic ability.

  • Themes in Applied Linguistics - This introduction to the full scope of applied linguistics explores the diverse and constantly expanding range of issues covered by this discipline.
  • Research in Applied Linguistics - This module explores the implications of research findings for future professional practice and aims to encourage the participants to exercise an enquiring approach in their future career.
  • Dissertation - The dissertation is an opportunity to explore a particular aspect of translation in depth.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


In addition to the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study, you must have either:

  • an undergraduate degree (normally a 2.2 or above) of an approved university or institution;
  • an equivalent qualification acceptable to York St John University.

Candidates whose main language is English must normally possess evidence of CEFR level C1 in their other language.

International Students

If your first language is not English, you will need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University and achieve:

  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in the individual components, or an equivalent result in an English language proficiency test acceptable to York St John University.
  • If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of credited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2018 / 19

The tuition fee for 2018 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For part-time options, see the Fees & Funding webpages for more information.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course for students commencing in the 2018-19 academic year. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.


Overseas 2018 / 19

The tuition fee for 2018 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,500 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

International Fees & Funding

How to Apply

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Applications for January 2018 entry must be submitted and completed by 29 January 2018.

Applications for September 2018 entry must be submitted and completed by 5 October 2018.

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