There is an increasing global demand for translators and language specialists, and this masters degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to embark on a career as a translator. This is an immensely rewarding profession for those with an interest in languages and communication, and encompasses a wide and growing range of areas, including audio-visual translation, advertising or website localisation, as well as semi-specialised and specialised translation.
If you wish to pursue a career as a translator, be it as an in-house or freelance translator, this masters degree will equip you with necessary professional skills and familiarity with the professional tools needed in this fast-moving field. You will also acquire a raft of highly valued transferable communication and collaborative skills such as peer reviewing and team working, which are useful in a range of occupations in the communications sector.
If you are aiming for an academic career in higher education, this qualification will provide a route towards the higher level research qualification (PhD or EdD), essential for such a career. A Masters degree can help to enhance your career prospects as a teacher in secondary, further and higher education.
If you already have a career in the translation field and are seeking a further qualification as a way to develop your career or as a means to update your skills, then a Masters degree can prove invaluable.
Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.
Membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
The Open University is a HE Language Partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL). By studying for this qualification you will be entitled to free membership of CIOL as a Student Affiliate and you can upgrade to be a Career Affiliate after successfully completing your qualification. Being a Student Affiliate is the first step on your career ladder to becoming a Chartered Linguist.
Membership of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting
The Open University is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Translation & Interpretation (ITI). As such, we have signed the ITI Code of Professional Conduct and are committed to providing quality training for the translation and interpreting industry. By studying for this qualification you will be eligible for student membership of the ITI.
Membership of the Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies of the UK and Ireland (APTIS UK).
The Open University is an Institutional Member of APTIS UK. Membership of this innovative network allows us to share expertise with our partners as regards the teaching of translation and interpreting studies at UK and Irish HE institutions. We aim to advance education for the public benefit in the UK and Ireland so as to improve the quality of learning and teaching as well as research on translation and interpreting programmes at Higher Education institutions.