This MSc is designed to provide first-class training in specialised translation in the scientific, technical and medical areas. The programme offers you the opportunity to develop your translation and language skills, to deepen your understanding of the workings of language as an essential tool of communication and to gain vital experience in the rapidly developing area of translation technology.
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Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and proven linguistic ability in one of the language pairs available within the programme.
MSc pathways are only offered in specific language pairs and directions. In line with industry standards, MSc students are only allowed to translate from a language they are proficient in (Advanced level) into their mother tongue or native language.
Language pairs available in this MSc pathway (subject to availability):
From English into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
From French, German or Spanish into English.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
By focusing on the translation of scientific, technical and medical texts, you will be equipped with the skills needed for professional work in the translation industry and for research in translation studies. You will practice translation in specific language pairs and will become conversant with translation technology which has been transforming the way in which professional translators work.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of 6 core modules (90 credits), 2 optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Translation and Technology (Scientific, Technical and Medical).
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Please click here for the current list of compulsory and optional modules for this programme.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words consisting of either an annotated translation or a critical discussion of a theoretical aspect of translation.
Teaching and learning
The degree programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive practical seminars (both generic and language-specific) and hands-on experience with a wide range of translation tools and technology. Assessment is carried out through essays, project work, take-home translation assessments and in-class tests.
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Most students find challenging and rewarding work within the translation industry on completion of the degree. Some are working as in-house and freelance translators, while others are active as project managers, translation technology experts and computational linguists in organisations such as Xerox, Amazon, SDL International, Expedia, Hogarth, Cannon, SDI-Media, ITR and Hoffmann-La Roche to name but a few. In addition, the MSc is designed to serve as a basis for a Translation Studies PhD.
Translation is a dynamic and rapidly developing profession, which calls for linguistically-talented people with a clear understanding of the issues involved in cross-cultural transcoding and who are able to utilise the latest translation technology.
On completion of this MSc, you will be well placed for a fast-track progression in your chosen career. We aim to make you highly attractive to employers within the translation industry, the world of science, technology and communications, and the pharmaceutical industry, among others. In addition, the skills acquired through taking this MSc will be highly relevant if your aim is to establish yourself as a freelance translator.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Located in the heart of London, UCL is excellently placed to offer opportunities for networking and to establish professional contacts with the translation industry. At UCL we prepare you for the professional world by performing different roles within the translation workflow and by translating specialised texts on the widest possible variety of material, ranging from medical reports and research papers to user guides, product documentation, patents, technical specification, audiovisual programmes and web pages.
We organise a wide range of activities which offer you a unique opportunity for informal contact with professional translators, translation agencies and leading academics. We also work closely with industry partners to ensure that the programme possesses the maximum professional relevance.
You will enjoy working with a team of renowned academics and professional translators, which has gained an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The MSc is suitable for both practitioners and recent graduates looking to specialise in the fields covered by the programme (e.g. translation technology, scientific, medical and technical translation), as well as for those aiming for a research degree and/or academic career.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
Due to the highly competitive nature of this programme and the limited places available, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
UPDATE: English into Portuguese, Turkish and Romanian not running in 2021-2022 and subject to future re-assessment
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Translation and Technology (Scientific, Technical and Medical) at graduate level
- why you want to study Translation and Technology (Scientific, Technical and Medical) at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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