Approaches to Translation and the Professional Environment (Nankai) MODLANG5024

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Contributing chiefly to the MSc Translation Studies (Nankai) programme, this course explores aspects of advanced translation practice, the professional translation environment and theory, extending the knowledge and skills explored in Translation Studies in Theory and Practice, and focusing on aspects such as the use of relevant software packages, as well as the practicalities of commercial practice.


11 x 2 hours of seminars.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses



Translation Studies in Theory and Practice.


1000 word literature review (20%), 4000 word essay (80%).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ explore and examine concepts and issues in translation methodology, theory, stylistics, the professional translation environment and the history of translation practice, expanding on approaches covered in Translation Studies in Theory and Practice;

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

■ explore the use of standard reference tools, including electronic source materials, computer-assisted translation tools and internet-based resources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ develop an understanding of aspects of translation theory and instances from the history of translation practice, and apply that learning in practice;

■ acquire a deeper competence in the use of print, software and internet-based resources;

■ explain how the issues, resources and approaches studied in this course can inform translation practice.

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.