MA in translation via distance learning?
Thread poster: Markus Heinr (X)

Markus Heinr (X)
German to English
Aug 10, 2010

Does anyone know of any Masters programs in translation within Europe? preferably ones that could be done via distance learning?

I would be very happy for a responseicon_smile.gif

Thank you


Stuart Dowell  Identity Verified
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Polish to English
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Portsmouth University Aug 10, 2010

Portsmouth University has a distance course.


Karen Stokes  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member (2003)
French to English
City University (London) Aug 10, 2010

City University's MA programmes are partly based on distance learning, partly on attendance. I'm just finishing a two-year MA in legal translation that's involved attending for four intensive four-day blocks a year, with the rest of the work done at home, which has made it possible for a quite a lot of the students to come from abroad and schedule chunks of time in London. I think the legal programme is also being offered as a one-year course in the next academic year. They also offer a programme in audiovisual translation but that involves weekly attendance. See




Spencer Allman
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:02
Finnish to English
University of Birmingham Aug 10, 2010

I can recommend them - I am a tutor (and a graduate)


Christine Schmit (X)  Identity Verified
German to French
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List of distance learning programs Aug 10, 2010

I published a list of distance learning programs in translation a while ago on my blog. There are a few MAs by distance learning in Europe for the most common language pairs.
You can find it here
Good luck and best regards,



Markus Heinr (X)
German to English
Is a BA always necessary? Aug 11, 2010

Thank you for all the comments, they are very helpful. Do any of you by any chance know if a BA is always necessary to get into an MA? I am only really starting out, but i have translated for a while, and i hold several qualifications, though not a BA. Those of you who have done an MA via distance learning, what is the work load like? And the assignments etc. Thank you againicon_smile.gif
Oh, by the way, i already looked into the Portsmouth MA. Has anyone done it?


Markus Heinr (X)
German to English
Entry requirements in Birmingham? Aug 12, 2010

Hi Spencer,

Do you by any chance know if a BA is a prerequisite to get into the MA in Birmingham?
The University of Portsmouth says they assess each candidate and a BA is not always necessary. DCU in Dublin say the same thing. Have you as a tutor ever had a student without a BA?


Richard Delaney FCIL CL
Local time: 02:02
German to English
Entry requirements Aug 25, 2010

Hi Xirod,

I teach on the MA Legal Translation Karen mentioned above. Generally we do expect applicants to have a good first degree, but we do look at the individual circumstances of each applicant. So if you feel that you have qualifications and work experience that would be equivalent to a BA level qualification, it may be worth applying (if that is an area of translation that interests you). That said, as the course starts next week, it's pushing it a bit for this year.

All the best,



Arianne Farah  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:02
Member (2008)
English to French
I'm registered at UWE Aug 26, 2010

Classes start in a month. Registration was back in June though, so as others said, for the 2010-2011 year, you might be too late. Can't hurt to try though!icon_biggrin.gif

My criteria for choosing UWE were:

1) Established Uni with a good reputation (not a fly by night diploma mill)
2) Masters program (not certificate or other degree)
3) Could be completed 100% through distance learning (I'm in China)

If you have any questions you can get back to me in 3-6 months and I'll be in a better position to answer them!



Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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English to Thai
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Effectiveness Aug 26, 2010

I passed many distance learning programs. In former days, they were correspondence course with limited schoolings. I got top marks to graduate but now their educational essence is not much attractive: lost of face to face contact in classroom environment. I wish I can attend those courses again, under near learning processes!

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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