T6L107 Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting MA Postgraduate Taught 2013
This course is ideal both for prospective professional translators and for those wishing to go on to further academic study, and it is internationally well respected for both of those purposes. The course is designed for both native speakers of Arabic, and speakers of English who have near-native competence in Arabic.
The MA lasts for twelve months and it combines training in English to Arabic and Arabic to English translation with a special consideration of the theoretical issues involved in the process of translation. The MA modules are mainly taught in the Department of Arabic. Translation Theory and Research Methods and Resources (RMR) are offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC).
The MA involves a combination of core modules, which are taken by all students, plus a number of optional modules, where students have a choice.
The course structure of the MA is as follows:
Core Courses: obligatory for all students
- Research Methods and Resources (30 UCUs)
- Translation Theory (30 UCUs)
- Translation practical Arabic>English, English>Arabic (30 UCUs)
- Dissertation (60 UCUs)
Optional Modules: students choose two courses from the following options:
- Legal Translation, Arabic>English, English>Arabic (15 UCUs)
- Interpreting (15 UCUs).
It is possible to do the MA on a part-time basis by spreading the workload over two years instead of one. Please note, however, that this does not exempt you from day-time attendance as the MA cannot be taken through evening classes or by correspondence.
Learning and Teaching
The main emphasis of this programme is on the development of practical translation and interpreting skills, which are reinforced by the provision of a general introduction to translation theory, as well as to more general academic, research and bibliographical techniques. On the practical side, students attend on average six hours of language and interpreting classes per week during the first two terms of the year. These classes, which are spread over three separate modules, are held in small groups, and alternate between Arabic>English and English>Arabic work. The classes are prepared for by independent learning in the form of preparation and reading (131 hours per module). The structure of the classes allows for extensive student participation, and for the provision of timely feedback on students’ home assignments in an interactive environment.
The practical orientation of these classes is supplemented and reinforced by the Translation Theory module, taught on a School-wide basis, which typically involves an average of one hour’s attendance per week at either a lecture or a seminar. This should be supported by 282 hours of preparation and reading.
In addition, students receive instruction in general academic, presentational and bibliographical skills through participation in the School-based RMR module. The RMR operates through a series of 6 classes of c. 2 hours delivered over the first two terms, supplemented by introductory sessions at the beginning of the year. It should be supported by 282 hours of independent learning. Some of the RMR classes are largely lecture-based, while others are more interactive and taught in smaller groups; this depends on whether the emphasis is on communicating information (for example about resources available) or on practising skills (for example presentation skills).
Over the final few months of the programme, students are able to apply the skills and theory learned over the year to a larger project (either a dissertation or an extended, annotated translation) in a more independent way. For this, each student is allocated a supervisor, who provides up to five hours of supervision / consultation on an individual basis. This exercise enables the student to apply the results of their studies during the year to a text or topic of particular interest to themselves (595 hours of independent study).
In addition to the formal provision detailed above, all students have access to the MA Course Director and to other members of the teaching staff during weekly office hours. Feedback on formative course assignments may also be provided to students on an individual basis outside these hours. Outside their particular programme, all students are also strongly encouraged to participate in other activities of the School and Department (for example research seminars) as appropriate.
Subjects required, level and grade
Applicants will be expected to have a BA degree (upper-second class degree or equivalent, that is, 60% or above overall) in a relevant subject, such as language, literature or linguistics. If you hold your degree in a non-language-related field, you may be admitted provided you can demonstrate that you have the required competence in English and Arabic.
We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications and further information on English language requirements, please contact our International Office or visit our website.
English Language requirements
IELTS of at least 7.0 (with a writing score of 7.0 or above and no other component below 7.0).
Requirements and Admissions
Fees and Funding
Fees have not been set for this academic year.
Scholarships and funding
Durham University Arts and Humanities Faculty MA Scholarship Scheme.
AHRC awards under the Block Grant Partnership (for UK and EU students).
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We currently have over 120 postgraduate students studying for taught and research postgraduate degrees, working on topics as diverse as translation, literature, theatre, cinema and photography. As a student in the School you will participate in a variety of postgraduate activities including dialogue days and research seminars. Our research encompasses all the traditional areas of Modern Languages and Cultures, as well as a number of less orthodox topics, and is internationally recognised for its excellence.
Interdisciplinary research is central to our research. Within the School, research activity is co-ordinated by four research groups: Literature, History, Theory; Culture and Difference; Visual and Performance; and Translation, Linguistics and Pedagogy.
We also play a major role in the University's Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (IMRS), as well as three of its research centres: the Centre for Seventeenth Century Studies, the Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies (DCAPS), and the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition. All provide research opportunities and contacts across a range of disciplines.
The School has an excellent success rate in our postgraduates finding employment on completion of their studies, with many working either in universities or in the culture industries, such as media and publishing.
Dr Khaled Al-Shehari, Teaching Fellow
Dr Anissa Daoudi, Research Associate
Dr Luisa Gandolfo, Research Associate
Mrs Salima Jaljule, Part-time teacher/Taught MA
Miss Mandana Mashayekhi-ghoyonloo, Part-time teacher
Professor Daniel Newman, Professor
Mrs Janet Starkey, Part-time teacher
Professor Paul Starkey, Professor, Head of Arabic
Dr Aziza Zaher, Teaching Fellow