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Poll: Do you have a degree higher than an undergraduate degree (such as an MA, PhD, etc)?
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Gallagy
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Yes Oct 24, 2013

Went back to university in 2008/2009 to do a Master (MA) in Translation, which I found very useful and interesting though possibly a bit too much emphasis on Theory in my opinion.

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Not yet Oct 24, 2013

Coming soon.....

Although I'm not really doing it with the expectation of it having any impact on my translation career. It's something I'm just intending on doing for me (although it will be language related).


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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yes Oct 24, 2013

MA although not related to translation.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Wave them, boys Oct 24, 2013

I have five MAs, three MPhils, two PhDs and a Bronze swimming award but, you know, I don't really like to talk about it

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Diana Coada  Identity Verified
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I voted ''yes'' because I'm working on it. Oct 24, 2013

I am currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Conference Interpreting at Leeds. It's quite intense - it's week four and everyone is already exhausted!

But I'm enjoying every minute of it


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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A postgraduate diploma in translation Oct 24, 2013

It is not a full master's degree, though it covers a lot of the same ground as the coveted MA in Denmark.
Taken part time, it counts as one year's full-time work, and the MA would require two.
Major differences are that I did not do interpreting or write a final Master's thesis, and the thesis would have accounted for half a year's work in ECTS. I have a couple of extra modules in specialist areas.

I thought there was an excellent balance between theory and practical exercises in terminology, comparative text analysis and actual translation. It was consequently quite language specific, but that was very useful too.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Ph.D. in linguistics Oct 24, 2013

My thesis was on discourse features of translation, based on 32 samples of published translations from Brazilian Portuguese to English.

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Without being too personal... Oct 24, 2013

Chris S wrote:

I have five MAs, three MPhils, two PhDs and a Bronze swimming award but, you know, I don't really like to talk about it



How did you pay for them all? I'm estimating my MA will cost me in excess of £20,000. What you have there is the financial equivalent of a rather nice house!

...unless you were being sarcastic, I find it hard to tell on here (or facebook & twitter...they're a nightmare!)

[Edited at 2013-10-24 10:22 GMT]


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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£20k?! Oct 24, 2013

Ty Kendall wrote:

...unless you were being sarcastic, I find it hard to tell on here (or facebook & twitter...they're a nightmare!)


Just being silly. I don't have a postgraduate degree, just a postgraduate diploma which a monkey could have passed (and did, as it happened), so I'm just jealous.

Seriously, though, how can an MA ever pay back on an outlay of £20k?


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Sonia Hill
United Kingdom
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MA Oct 24, 2013

I have an MA in Italian Studies. I was lucky and got a scholarship to cover the fees, although it was a lot cheaper back then. I can't believe they cost in excess of £20K these days!

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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And it's likely to keep rising... Oct 24, 2013

Sonia Atkinson wrote:
I can't believe they cost in excess of £20K these days!


The fees are currently at around £9K, if you don't live in the same city as the university you need to add accommodation, in London I'm looking at £6-7K (if I'm lucky) then you have to include living expenses, study costs and other unforeseen costs.

I could probably try for a scholarship, the Arts and Humanities Research Council etc. but scholarships are rather restricted and few and far between.

Of my graduating class, the only people to have gone on (so far) to do postgraduate study are the ones whose parents paid for it outright.


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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France Oct 24, 2013

Things changed in the UK a few years ago and students basically have to find the means to pay something akin to the true cost of their course.
In France, tuition fees for a masters are around 250-350 euros a year, depending on the course, the faculty etc., basically 10% the cost of tuition fees in the UK now.

I did a masters a couple of years ago in France. I did move to take up the offer and found accommodation for me and my two teenage children within a month. (Offer made in July, had to be there by August). First at the Science Faculty (2.5 kms south) now at the Humanities Faculty (250 m north-east).

Cool, no? THe changes combined will take me away from translation and interpreting.


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Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
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Yes, PhD Oct 24, 2013

Although my PhD is not directly related to translation, it proves extremely useful in this profession.

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Sonia Hill
United Kingdom
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Fees Oct 24, 2013

Ty Kendall wrote:

The fees are currently at around £9K, if you don't live in the same city as the university you need to add accommodation, in London I'm looking at £6-7K (if I'm lucky) then you have to include living expenses, study costs and other unforeseen costs.



Ah, I see. I thought that was just the fees. Even so, £9K is about three times the cost of my course. I was in London too and the living expenses were high even then. I got a "home improvements" loan from an understanding bank manager (I had no home to improve) and a part-time job to cover everything.

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council is notoriously difficult to get. Luckily my university had a few scholarships of its own. I don't think I would ever have been able to afford it if I had to pay the fees too.



[Edited at 2013-10-24 12:27 GMT]


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