Getting Qualified as a Translator (Click here for Projects)

Working as a freelance translator is both a business and a profession and successful translators make a substantial investment in three vital areas:

Professional Expertise

Translating needs a high level of expertise both linguistically and in terms of the subject matter. Your potential customers whether they are translation companies or direct clients will naturally expect proof of this. Both degree level qualifications and practical working experience in relevant fields are important. For example, the University of Salford offers a Master of Arts Diploma in Advance Studies for Translation and Interpreting, as do other universities. In the UK, whilst there is no legal obligation for translators to join a professional body, potential customers will normally prefer to work with translators who are members of recognised professional organisations.

Setting up a Business

Freelance translating is a business just like any other. You must market yourself, invoice clients promptly, collect debts, pay creditors, do your accounts, take out professional indemnity insurance and insure your equipment*. This may seem daunting but there is a wealth of help available - business advice centres, your bank's small business adviser and books on starting your own business. Use the help, which is there!

Equipment

The minimum acceptable equipment is a PC with a target language word processing package and, because most work is via the Internet, broadband connection is essential - as it will provide a more secure means of sending and receiving large files. Other standard office equipment such as fax, photocopying and answer phone should also be included within your office set up.

* For details of cover and rates: gw@bradfordpeters.co.uk


UK University Courses:

Undergraduate Level
Part-time & weekend courses
Postgraduate Level
Foreign University Courses



Undergraduate Level:

Aston University  
School of Languages & European Studies,
Aston Triangle, BIRMINGHAM, B4 7ET
Telephone: +44 121-359-3621
Fax: +44 121-359-6153

Web site: www.aston.ac.uk/lss/
Email: lss@aston.ac.uk
Courses: BSc Translation Studies in French, German & Spanish

 

Bath University
Dept of European Studies & Modern Languages,
Claverton Down Campus, Bath BA2 7AY.
Telephone: +44 1225 383 950 
Email: esml@bath.ac.uk

Web site: http://www.bath.ac.uk/esml/

Course: MA in Interpreting & Translation and others

 

Bradford University
Department of Languages and European Studies
West Yorkshire BD7 1DP
Postgraduate contact person: Paula Frost
Telephone: +44 1274 234574
Fax: +44 1274 235590
Email: p.e.frost@bradford.ac.uk

Web site: www.grad.ac.uk/acad/le

Course: MA in Translation & Interpreting and others

 

Bristol University
School of Modern Languages
17 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TE
Telephone: +44(0)117 331 8011

Web site: www.bristol.ac.uk/sml/

Course: Languages include Catalan, Czech, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Slovak

 

The University of Buckingham
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
Buckingham, MK18 1EG
Telephone: +44 (0) 1280 820 377
Fax: +44 (0) 1280 820 391

Email: english@buckingham.ac.uk
Web site:
www.buckingham.ac.uk/mfl/

Course: BA English Language Studies for Translating

 

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Telephone: +44(0) 1772 201201

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Web site:
www.uclan.ac.uk/

Course: BA Business Management in China

 

Chester College of Higher Education,
Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ
Telephone: +44 (0)1244 375 444 Fax: 01244 373379

Web site: http://www.chester.ac.uk/

 

University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Telephone: +44(0) 1603 592 063
Fax: +44(0) 1603 250 434

Email: llt.admiss@uea.ac.uk
Web site:
www.llt.uea.ac.uk

Course: BA Modern Languages French and/or Spanish

 

Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh
Telephone: +44 131 449 5111 Fax: +44 131 451 3079

Web site: www.hw.ac.uk/home/

Courses: MA Hons in Languages (Interpreting and Translating), MA Hons International Business with Languages, MA Hons in Applied Languages and Translating, MSc in Translating and Conference Interpreting or Translation and Technology, MSc in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting.

 

Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7594 8774
Fax: +44 (0)20 7594 8759

Web site: www.imperial.ac.uk

Courses: MSc in Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation with Translation Technology MSc in Scientific, Technical & Medical Translation with Translation Technology PhD in Translation Studies

 

University of Wales, Lampeter
Ceredigion, Wales SA48 7ED
Telephone: +44(0)1570 422 351
Fax: +44(0) 1570 423 423

Web site: www.lamp.ac.uk/

Course: BA Welsh, Translation and Subtitling

 

Lancaster University
Department of European Languages & Cultures,
Lancaster LA1 4YN
Telephone: + 44 1524 592468 Fax: + 44 1524 593942

Web site: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/eurolang/ 

 

Leeds Metropolitan University
Centre for Language Study

Web site: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/lsif/sol/

 

Leeds University
Leeds, LS2 9JT
Telephone: +44 113 233 3234 Fax: +44 113 233 3287 

Web site: http://tldynamic.leeds.ac.uk/ugcoursefinder/2008/prospectus3SQL.asp?kpage=272

Course: MA/Diploma in Applied Translation Studies 
(Interpreting option available in some languages - see web site).

 

University of Leicester
School of Modern Languages
University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2683
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3633

Email: modern.lang@leicester.ac.uk
Web site: www.le.ac.uk/ml/

Course: BA in French & Italian

 

University of Limerick
Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)61 213557 or 202700 
Fax: +353 (0)61 202734

Web site: http://www.ul.ie/

Course: Graduate Diploma/Masters in Software Localisation

 

Liverpool University
Web site: http://www.liv.ac.uk/soclas/

 

London Metropolitan University
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7423 0000
Web site: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/
Courses: BA Accounting & Applied Translation, Applied Translation & Business

 

Manchester University
Faculty of Arts, Language Centre CSU, 
University of Manchester
Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 7961 

Web site: http://www.langcent.manchester.ac.uk/

 

Middlesex University
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8411 5555

Email: enquiries@mdx.ac.uk
Web site: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/index.asp
Courses: BA Modern Languages & Translation, Computing with Modern Languages, Business Studies with Modern Languages, International Political Studies & Modern Languages.

 

Newcastle University
School of Modern Languages, 
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Telephone: +44 191 222 5867 Fax: +44 191 222 5442

Web site: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sml/ 

Courses: Diploma in Chinese-English, English-Chinese Translation; MA in Chinese-English, English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting; MA in Chinese-English, English-Chinese Translation; MA in Chinese-English, English-Chinese Interpreting

 

North London University
Telephone: +44 207 753 5404 Fax: +44 207 753 7069

Web site: www.unl.ac.uk/sels/matransl/htm

Course: MA in Applied Translation Studies

 

Roehampton University
Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU
Telephone: +44 20 8392 3000

Email: enquiries@roehampton.ac.uk
Web site: www.roehampton.ac.uk/index.html

Course: BA Journalism & News Media and Translation, Photography & Translation, Translation and Internet & Multimedia Computing

 

Royal Holloway University of London
English Language Tutor, Room 44, The Language Centre, 
The International Building, Royal Holloway University of London, 
Egham, Surrey TW20 OEX
Telephone: +44 (01784) 443756 Fax: +44 (01784) 477640

Web site: www.rhul.ac.uk/language-centre

 

Salford University  
Department of Modern Languages
Salford M5 4WT.
Telephone: +44 161 295 5990 Fax: +44 161 295 5335

Web site: www.salford.ac.uk/modlang/homepage.html 

Course: MA/Diploma, Advance Studies in Translation and Interpreting

 

Surrey University
Centre for Translation Studies
Postgraduate Programmes Administrator:
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686228, Fax: +44 (0)1483 686171
Email: translation@surrey.ac.uk

Web site: www.surrey.ac.uk/translation

Courses: PG Diploma/MA in Translation
PG Diploma/MA in Audiovisual Translation
PG Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Specialist Translation and Translation Technology
PG Certificate/Diploma/MA in Business Translation with Interpreting (subject to validation)

 

University of Wales, Swansea  
Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales
Telephone: +44 (0) 1792 205678
Fax: +44 (0) 1792 295157

Web site: www.swan.ac.uk/languages/

Course: BA Translation (French, Spanish, Catalan & Portuguese)

 

Warwick University
Centre British Comparative Cultural Studies
Telephone: +44 1203 523655 or +44 1203 524468.

Web site: www.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/sccs 

Courses: MA in Translation Studies, Diploma in Translation Studies, also 10 week certificate in Translation Studies

 

Westminster University
Regent Campus, 16 Riding House Street, London W1P 7PT.
Telephone: +44 207 911 5000. Fax: +44 207 911 5001

Web site: http://www.wmin.ac.uk/sshl/

Course: Diploma in Translation

 

Part-time & weekend courses:

 

University of Bedfordshire
Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3JU
Telephone: +44(1234 400 400)

Email: admission@beds.ac.uk
Web site: www.beds.ac.uk/

Course: Diploma in Public Service Interpreting

 

Bracknell and Wokingham College
Church road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1DJ
Telephone number: +44(0) 845 330 3343

Email: study@bracknell.ac.uk
Web site: www.bracknell.ac.uk/home/default.asp

Course: Diploma in Translation (English & French)

 

The University of Bristol
Graduate School of Arts and Humanities
7 Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TB
Telephone number: + 44 (0) 117 33 88897

Web site: www.bristol.ac.uk/sml/courses/postgraduate/

Course: MAs in Translation, European Literatures, Latin American History, Modern Languages, Russian History, Research Programmes (MPhil, MLitt/PhD)

 

Cardiff University
Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3XQ
Telephone: +44 (0) 29 208 47000

Email: infocentre@don.ac.uk
Web site: www.cf.ac.uk/

Course: Spanish, French and English Intermediate Translation skills courses

 

City College Birmingham
Telephone: +44 (0) 2845 050 1144

Web site: www.citycol.ac.uk/index.asp

Course: Translation Studies Certificate

 

City University
Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 040 5060

Web site: www.city.ac.uk/

Course: Diploma in Translation Foundation, Degree in Public Service Interpreting

 

De Montford University
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Web site: www.dmu.ac.uk/

Course: Diploma in Public Service Interpreting

 

Dewsbury College
Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 2AS
Telephone: +44(0) 1924 436 221
Fax: +44 (0) 1924 457 047

Email: info@dewsbury.ac.uk
Web site: www.dewsbury.ac.uk/

Course: Level 1 & 2 BSL

 

Doncaster College
The Hub, Chappell Drive, Doncaster, DN1 2RF
Telephone: +44(0) 1302 553 553

Email: infocentre@don.ac.uk
Web site: www.don.ac.uk/

Course: Level 3 BSL

 

Goldsmiths University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6NW
Telephone: +44 (0) 207919 7171
Fax: +44(0) 207 919 7403

Email: langstudies@gold.ac.uk
Web site: www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/language-studies-centre/index.php

Course: Diploma in Translation (Italian & English)

 

Hopwood Hall College
Middleton Campus, Rochdale Road, Middleton, M24 6XH
Telephone: +44(0)161 643 7560

Email: langstudies@gold.ac.uk
Web site: www.hopwood.ac.uk/default.php?

Course: Basic BSL, Certificate in bilingual skills

 

Institute Cervantes, Leeds
169 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 3AR
Telephone: +44 (0) 113 246 1741
Fax: +44 (0)113 246 1023

Email: adlee@cervantes.es
Web site: http://leeds.cervantes.es/

Course: Certificate in Advance Translation

 

Leicester College
Telephone: +44 (0) 116 224 2240

Email: adlee@cervantes.es
Web site: www.leicestercollege.ac.uk/index.asp

Course: Include Level 1 Interpreting

 

Liverpool Community College
Please note that Liverpool Community College has 5 centres. For more information please visit their website
Telephone: 0151 252 1515

Web site: www.liv-coll.ac.uk/default.asp

Course: DPSI – Health option, Introduction to Interpreting (Level 1), Interpreting skills (Level 2)

 

Mary Ward Centre
42 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AQ
Telephone: 020 7269 6000
Fax: 020 7269 6001

Email: info@marywardcentre.ac.uk
Web site: www.marywardcentre.ac.uk/index.asp

Course: Certificate in community translation

 

Morley College
61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Telephone: 020 7928 8501
Fax: 020 7928 4074

Email: enquiries@morleycollege.ac.uk
Web site: www.morleycollege.ac.uk/

Course: Diploma in Public Interpreting

 

RM Europe Ltd
Telephone: 08000 150 750

Email: learndirectbusiness@learndirect.net
Web site: www.learndirect-advice.co.uk/

Course: Certificate in English – Japanese Interpreting and Translation

 

St Helen’s College (Associate Liverpool John Moores University)
Water Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PP
Telephone: +44(0)1744 733766
Fax: +44(0)1744 623400

Web site: www.sthelens.ac.uk/home/

Course: Include level 4 BSL

 

University of Sussex
Centre for Continuing Education, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9SH
Telephone for Language Learning Centre: +44 (0) 1273 678 476

Web site: www.sussex.ac.uk/languages/1-6-2.html

Course: Level 4 BSL Interpreting

 

Postgraduate Level:

 

Aston University, Birmingham
School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle BIRMINGHAM B4 7ET
Telephone: +44(0) 121 204 3790

Courses:
MA in Translation in a European Context (this programme is a member of the EMT network)
http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/school/languages-social-sciences/translation-european/

MA in Translation Studies
http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/school/languages-social-sciences/translation-studies/

MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Translation Studies
http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/school/languages-social-sciences/ma-tesol-translation/

 

University of Wales, Bangor
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG
Telephone: +44(0) 1248 351151

Web site: www.bangor.ac.uk/home/2006/index.php.en?&width=1280&height=1024

Course: MA in French, German, Spanish

 

The University of Bristol
Graduate School of Arts and Humanities
7 Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TB
Telephone number: + 44 (0) 117 33 88897

Web site: www.bristol.ac.uk/sml/courses/postgraduate/

Course: MAs in Translation, European Literatures, Latin American History, Modern Languages, Russian History, Research Programmes (MPhil, MLitt/PhD)

 

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Telephone: +44(0) 1772 201201

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Web site: www.uclan.ac.uk/

Course: PG Diploma

 

City University
Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7040 8266

Web site: www.city.ac.uk/languages

Course: MAs in Legal Translation and Audiovisual Translation, Dip Trans

 

Durham University
University Office, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HP
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 334 2000

Web site: www.dur.ac.uk/

Course: MA Arabic–English Translation

 

University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Telephone: +44(0) 1603 592 063
Fax: +44(0) 1603 250 434

Email: llt.admiss@uea.ac.uk
Web site: www.llt.uea.ac.uk

Course: MA Literary Translation, MA Applied Translation Studies

 

University of Edinburgh
Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 1000

Web site: www.ed.ac.uk/

Course: MSc Translation Studies, PhD Translation Studies

 

University of Exeter
The Queen’s Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QJ
Contact person: Martin Sorrell
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 264 204
Fax: +44(0) 1392 264 222

Email: m.r.sorrell@exeter.ac.uk
Web site: www.exeter.ac.uk/modlangs

Course: Applied Translation with integrated study abroad

 

University of Glasgow
University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Telephone: +44 (0)141-330 6521
fax: +44 (0)141-330 4114

Email: efl@gla.ac.uk
Web site: www.gla.ac.uk/services/languagecentre/

Course: Translation Studies & Literary Translations

 

University of Hull
Cottingham Road, Hull. HU6 7RX Telephone: 01482 346311

Email: efl@gla.ac.uk
Web site: www.hull.ac.uk/postgraduate/index.html

Course: MA Translation Studies

 

Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7589 5111

Web site: www3.imperial.ac.uk/

Course: MSc Scientific, Technical & Medical Translation with Translation Technology

 

University of Leeds – Centre for Translation Studies
Leeds, LS2 9JT
Telephone: +44 (0) 113 243 1751
Fax: +44 (0) 113 244 3923

Email: enquiry@leeds.ac.uk
Web site: www3.imperial.ac.uk/

Course: MA Applied Translation Studies, & Interpreting

 

University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5151 Fax: +44(0)115 951 3666

Web site: www.nottingham.ac.uk/

Course: MA Interpreting & Translation

 

University of Portsmouth
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2UP
Telephone: +44(0)023 9284 8484

Email: info.centre@port.ac.uk
Web site: www.port.ac.uk/

Course: MA Translation Studies

 

Queens University, Belfast
University Road Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 9097 5081 Fax : +44 (0) 28 9097 5137

Email: admissions@qub.ac.uk
Email: postgrad.admissions@qub.ac.uk
Web site: www.qub.ac.uk/

Course: MA Translation

 

Roehampton University
Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU
Telephone: +44 20 8392 3000

Email: enquiries@roehampton.ac.uk
Web site: www.roehampton.ac.uk/index.html

Course: MA Specialised Translation, Audiovisual Translation

 

School of Oriental & African Studies
University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7637 2388
Fax: +44 (0)20 7436 3844

Web site: www.soas.ac.uk/

Course: MA Translation Theory and Practice (Asian & African Languages)

 

Sheffield University
Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 2000

Web site: www.shef.ac.uk/

Course: MA Translation Studies, MA Screen Translation

 

University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH
Tel: +44 (0)1483 300800
Fax: +44 (0)1483 300803

Web site: www.surrey.ac.uk/

Course: MSc specialist Translation and Translation Technology, MSc Audiovisual Translation, MSc Business Translation with Interpreting

 

University of Wales, Swansea
Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 1792 205678
Fax. +44 (0) 1792 295157

Web site: www.swan.ac.uk/languages/

Course: MA Translation with language Technology, MA Literary Translation

 

University College London
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 2000

Web site: www.ucl.ac.uk/

Course: MA Translation Studies, MA Advanced Scandinavian Translation Studies

 

University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3523
Fax: +44 (0)24 7646 1606

Web site: www2.warwick.ac.uk/

Course: MA Translation, Media and Cultural Transfer, MA Translation, Writing and Cultural Difference

 

University of Westminster
Headquarters Building, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
Tel +44 (0)20 7915 5511
Fax +44 (0)20 7911 5858

Email: course-enquiries@wmin.ac.uk
Web site: www.wmin.ac.uk/

Course: MA Bilingual Translation, Ma Interpreting, Translation and Diplomacy, MA Technical and Specialised Translation, MA Translation & Logistics

 

University of West England
Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 965 6261

Web site: www.uwe.ac.uk/

Course: MA/PG diploma Arabic, Frenhc, German & Spanish

 

Foreign University Courses:

Institute Libre Marie Haps,
Bruxelles, Belgique.
Telephone: +32 2 549 5486 Fax: +32 2 502 9636

Web site: www.ilmh.be

Courses: Various specialised courses in translation and interpreting

 

School of Translating and Interpreting Hogeschool,
Maastricht, 
The Netherlands.
Telephone: + 31 433 466471 or + 31 433 466640 
Fax: + 31 433 466649

Web site: http://www.hszuyd.nl/index.jsp?content=-1&locale=en_GB

Courses: Various specialised courses in translation and interpreting

 


 

Projects

EMILLE (Enabling Minority Language Engineering) is a 3 year EPSRC project at Lancaster University and Sheffield University, designed to build a 63 million word electronic corpus of South Asian languages, especially those spoken in the UK. This project is being supported by the Association of Translation Companies and its members. http://www.emille.lancs.ac.uk/

 

 


 

General

Courses available for translators, interpreters and those interested in Project Management. For more information please visit
http://www.atlas-translations.co.uk/english/company/education.php#Training_courses