MA in Applied Translation

The Department offers a Masters course in Applied Translation: this course provides an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of  translation as a professional activity as well as  to establish a strong foundation in translation studies for possible further study at PhD level. You will receive thorough training in translating between French, German, Spanish and English for businesses, communities, individuals and academic institutions – all of whom require a unique set of skills and approaches. In addition, you will graduate with a portfolio of translations proving your ability and sensitivity in translating for these diverse groups.

You will receive individual tuition from expert departmental staff, all of whom are active researchers and have published in their own specialist fields. Under their guidance, you will become a translator with a host of transferable skills which will help you excel in further academic study or employment.

For further information on modules see Postgraduates modules

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AHRC South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships & PhD study in Modern Languages, Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University is a partner in the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), along with seven other universities - Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Reading and Southampton, extended by a network of prestigious international, national and regional organisations representing the arts, heritage, media and government sectors (including the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth).  In 2014, the Partnership was awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development, with up to 50 doctoral studentships being awarded each year (across Aberystwyth and the other Partnership institutions) over a five-year period.

Prospective applicants to the Consortium will benefit from input from exclusive prominent partners who include the Arnolfini, BBC, Bristol City Council, CyMAL & Cadw, English Heritage, National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales, National Trust, Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales, Watershed, Welsh National Opera, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Getty Research Institute, Bath Heritage Services, REACT, Twofour and a number of overseas academic partners. These partners bring academic and professional expertise in a range of disciplines.

Doctoral study in the Department of Modern Languages

The Department’s established reputation for conducting cutting-edge, international quality research makes it an ideal place to pursue doctoral study. We offer supervision and research training in French, German, Spanish and Latin American Studies with a focus on topics such as:

Literature and anthropology; French Renaissance and Baroque poetry; La Fontaine, Victor Hugo, Jean Giono, Francis Ponge, Eugène Savitzkaya. Creative writing: French Poetry; Travel culture and travel literature in Europe, particularly in early modern France; early modern French intellectual history; writing and reading practices in early modern France; history of French journalism; German sociolinguistics, especially processes of standardisation and attitudes towards non-standard varieties of German; Literature and history of German-speaking refugees, autobiographies and memoirs, the Kindertransport, issues of translation and refugee writing, German-Jewish literature and culture, women’s writing in German; Stylistic comparative research on XIXth century Spanish novels; Latin American poetry; Spanish short stories 1990-2004; Gender in Cuban cinema of the Revolution; Masculinity and feminism in Cuba; representations of gender in Spanish and Spanish American film; European Performance Philosophy, Lacanian Psychoanalysis & European Theatre, Žižek & Theatre/Performance, the New Tragic, Sarah Kane, Theatre Translation & Translation Theory.

Aberystwyth University has excellent facilities and the National Library of Wales (one of Britain’s four copyright libraries) is located in Aberystwyth.

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