Postgraduate taught 

Translation Studies MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Translation Studies in Theory and Practice MODLANG5035

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course offers students an overview of key issues in translation theory and their relation to translation practice. A range of theoretical frameworks will be studied, including linguistic and functionalist theory as well as cultural approaches to translation.


11 x 2 hour seminars on Tuesdays 10am to 12pm as scheduled in MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Annotated bibliography (1000 words) - 20%

Essay (4000 words) - 80%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ explore and examine concepts and issues in translation methodology, theory, and the history of translation practice

■ consider how such concepts can be applied to translation in practice

■ explore the use of standard reference tools

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critique and reflect upon different translation methodologies

■ summarise and critically evaluate theories of translation

■ explain translational choices with reference to relevant historical and other context

■ critically apply relevant theories of translation to examples of translation practice

■ develop a sustained written argument which draws upon relevant sources and uses standard reference tools

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.