Przemyslaw Podmostko wrote:
I was just wondering if, after completing a BA in English Philology, it's possible to do a postgraduate course at something different.
In the US, as long as you can get accepted to a program (and that doesn't necessarily depend on what you studied before), you can do whatever you want. Many people do a master's degree that is different from their bachelor's degree.
Namely, doing a purely theoretical course such as Translation or Translation and Interpreting doesn't appeal to me at all as I'm not a type of a liguist/language researcher,
Not all translation courses are purely theoretical. I obtained my MA in Translation at MIIS, which offers a very practical course. Hardly any theory at all.
I wouldn't like to be a translation university teacher either, as these would be the things I'd have to stick to.
That's generally if you go for the PhD in translation studies, I would think. Certainly an MA in translation wouldn't limit you to academia.
Of course there are positions in translation agencies, etc, but that's not the case. You'll say "You can be a translator, obviously". Yes, but in order to be a good translator you don't need extensive academic-level translation theory. You need specialisation and vocabulary from specific fields.
There I agree with you. Although I do have a translation degree, I fully agree that a degree in another field you are interested in will serve you very well if you have the basic aptitude for translation and the requisite language ability to go with it.
Instead, I was thinking of getting my MA at something different, using my English BA as a basis for it. I was thinking about Public Relations, or Publishing, or something with Media. However I don't know if there are schools that make something like that possible. That would benefit me as a translator too, as I would get to know specialised language from a particular field.
I think that's an excellent idea. It would certainly be possible at nearly any university in the US, but I'm not sure about Europe.
[Edited at 2008-05-19 04:11]