Use your language skills and first-hand experience of different cultures to explore new territory in and around translation and the media world.
1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
PGCert: 60 credits
Specific entry requirements
We particularly welcome candidates who have a degree in Translation or Modern Languages, but entry to the programme is open to all applicants with a good degree in Linguistics, Economics, Law, Film, Media, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies and other relevant areas. We will also consider candidates without a relevant degree who have an appropriate professional qualification or with proven professional expertise in the field of translation. Acceptance of candidates in this category may be subject to an interview by the Programme Convener.
This pioneering MA is for students with a multilingual background who want to work in a creative international environment.
Choose between undertaking a research based dissertation and working with a cultural institution as part of a work placement.
You can pick modules from a variety of creative subject areas including journalism, film and media.
Corporate member of the Institute of Translators and Interpreters.
Course and Module Details
This MA is designed for multilingual students who want a career in the creative industries.
In our global culture, talented people with multilingual skills are increasingly sought after by the creative industries. In this trailblazing MA you will have the opportunity to combine your language and translation skills with the study of London’s vibrant creative industries.
On the programme, you will reach beyond the traditional roles of translation and localisation by studying how these disciplines are applied in the creative industries, paying particular attention to the practical application of these skills in a professional environment.
You will be introduced to the emerging areas of transcreation and cultural adaptation, which refer to the creative process of altering messages so they are suitable for the target local market, while maintaining the original intent, tone, and style. You will also use your multilingual and multicultural skills in order to translate for the arts, advertising and entertainment sectors.
We offer a wide variety of optional modules in a range of subjects including translation-related fields such as subtitling, media accessibility and videogame localisation. Alternatively, if you want to build a more media-related profile, you will be able to choose modules on media and communications, film and screen cultures, and social media and data journalism.
You will complete your MA with a dissertation, which allows you to carry out a practical translation task with a commentary or to apply your understanding, knowledge, analytical, conceptual and personal skills to an in-depth investigation of a topic relating to an appropriate area of intercultural communication.
Placements with translation/localisation companies and cultural institutions are at the heart of this MA. Placements are not compulsory, but you will benefit from the extensive industry contacts of members of staff and the visits of key professionals in order to help you find a placement that suits your interests.
A Windows OS computer is necessary to use most of our professional software packages. While all our lessons are on-campus and this will provide students with the best experience, we've made it possible for courses to be followed remotely online so that students with other commitments don't lose out.
Out of English into: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.
Into English from: French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, German, Spanish
(Contact us about other language pairs)
Corporate member of International Translators and Interpreters
Member of APTIS
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Students on this course are normally in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday amd Friday (Day & Evening).
Contact us for further information.
Students go on to careers in a broad range of media companies and broadcasters, subtitling companies, translation and localisation providers, and production houses with in-house translation teams.
Our students have gone to work to many companies in the entertainment and language service industries - from the BBC, Netflix, Fremantle and Deluze to Lionbridge, Playstation, SEGA and Ubisoft.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in April or September 2022.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
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If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.
Find out more on our accommodation pages.
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At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.