If you have a flair and ear for languages, you may want to study and put your skills to good use in new situations and settings. With demand growing for qualified graduates, a Translation Studies PgCert can open doors to exciting international and national career opportunities as well as self-employment options globally.

This programme is studied fully online.

This online Translation Programme is suitable for graduates in any discipline, practising translators, or anyone interested in the field of translation. It can strengthen areas of specialism that you may have already acquired through other studies, or can help to equip you with the pertinent competences and expertise that you will need when working in a fast-growing industry. Successful completion of the four courses offered will lead to the award of a PgCert.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month

What You'll Study

This online Translation Programme is suitable for graduates in any discipline, practising translators, or anyone interested in the field of translation. The programme is designed to improve students’ translation skills, combining training in translation theory with an intensive language-specific practice. This programme will also allow students to familiarise themselves with the professional contexts translators can be involved in, including translation project management, translation technologies, etc. Successful completion of the four courses offered will lead to the award of a PgCert.

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Ideas and Methods in Translation Studies (LN5026) - 15 Credit Points

The course introduces and critically evaluates some of the major concepts in translation theory, focusing on their application to translation practice. It analyses translation as a social and cultural phenomenon. Students will develop the skills necessary to reflect critically on their own translation practice in order to enhance its breadth and sophistication.

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Engaging with Texts (LN5529) - 15 Credit Points

This course will enhance the students' textual awareness from the communicative, functionality, understanding and stylistic points of view.

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Year 2

Year 2

  • Techniques and Strategies involved in translating different types of texts
  • The Translation Profession

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Why Study Translation Studies?

  • Develop the intellectual and practical skills needed to translate not just the language but to convey inter-cultural understanding.
  • Be able to negotiate and bridge cultural difference in different contexts for a variety of clients or stakeholders.
  • You are taught by professionals in translation and interpreting with a strong career history and global research capability in translation and interpreting.
  • The language industry is one of the sectors in which high-quality jobs are being created worldwide, with attractive job opportunities for graduates with the right qualifications.
  • There is an excellent balance between theory and practice using a range of teaching methods.
  • This programme has close links with professional organisations.
  • Our School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture is internationally recognised for its outstanding research performance. In English and Linguistics, 90% of our research was rated world leading and internationally excellent (3*/4*). In Modern Languages, 62% of our research was rated world-leading and internationally excellent (3*/4*) (REF 2014).

Entry Requirements

The degree is designed for students from a range of undergraduate degree backgrounds, including; language, linguistics, communication, business studies, law or legal studies.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Students are required to have a good 2.1 degree in one or more of the languages offered in Aberdeen’s Translation.

Qualifications for entry: A degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.

Adding a CV to your application is optional.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £515
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
Indicative Programme Fee £2,090
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 15 credits of study per semester.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Our Experts

Other Expert
Dr Moray Watson
Programme Leader
Dr Maria Sanchez-Ortiz

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
AB24 3FX