Join an accredited Masters in Translation Studies you can study flexibly, 100% online.

Earn the qualifications you need to enter professional life as a translator.

In this accredited online translation degree, we’ll prepare you for the real demands of the translation industry.

As well as building advanced linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills, you’ll develop hands-on expertise in the tasks required of today’s professional translators.

With guidance from internationally experienced translators, you’ll learn to:

  • manage translation projects from start to finish
  • work with clients, in person and online, to discuss their needs
  • use one of the profession’s most widely used translation software programs, MemoQ
  • edit and proofread translated work
  • research specialised terminology, and more.

You can also study this degree on campus instead.

A triple-accredited Masters in Translation Studies

This online translation degree is accredited by the:

Who can join this online Masters in Translation Studies?

This distance learning Masters in Translation Studies is suitable for graduates in any discipline, practising translators, or anyone interested in the field of translation, languages in contact, and intercultural communication.

To join this degree, you need to have advanced-level fluency in both English and one or two of the following languages: Arabic, French, Gaelic, German, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, or Spanish.

Choose the University of Aberdeen for your Masters in Translation Studies

Top 4

4th in the UK for linguistics

We’re rated 4th in the UK for linguistics in the Complete University Guide 2025.

Fits around full-time work

This degree fits around full-time work, with flexible hours and 24/7 study access.

Earn a respected Masters degree

You’ll earn the same globally recognised Masters degree online as you would on campus.

What you’ll study

You can choose from the following courses that make up this degree. You can study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning Masters in Translation Studies is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

You can learn with us anywhere, no student visa required, and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

We use a range of teaching methods in this degree to give you an excellent balance between theory and practice.

Teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of online resources available, including:

  • online tutorials
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with your tutors and peers
  • online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Regular online support

You’ll have two online sessions with your degree coordinator each term, to check on your progress and any questions you might have.

You’ll also have two online sessions each term with your course tutors, to discuss any questions you have on the topics you’ve covered, and to go through feedback given in assessments.

Your tutors

This online translation degree is delivered by our School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture (LLMVC).

You’ll learn from professionals with strong career histories and research experience in translation and interpreting. Your tutors include:

Dr Maria Sanchez-Ortiz

Maria is a Senior Lecturer in translation and interpreting, which she has taught at a number of academic institutions in the UK.

Maria has been involved in translator and interpreter training for over twenty-eight years, and is the Director of our Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies.

Maria’s research interests include literary translation, audio-visual translation, translator and interpreter training, and the impact of AI on the future of translation and interpreting.

View Maria’s profile

Professor Moray Watson

Moray is a Professor of Gaelic and Translation Studies.

He is Director of Ionad Eòghainn MhicLachlainn: the National Centre for Gaelic Translation.

Moray researches broadly in the field of Translation Studies, with special focus in translator training, skills acquisition and literary translation. In Gaelic studies, his main focus is modern literature.

View Moray’s profile

This translation degree is assessed online.

Several types of online assessment are used throughout the programme, including:

  • reflective exercises
  • essays
  • discussion boards
  • course journals.

Hours for taught courses

If you plan to study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term.

30-credit courses

  • Around 300 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
  • You’ll study 15 – 20 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

15-credit courses

  • Around 150 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
  • You’ll study 8 – 10 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes. This includes time for independent study, as well as teaching and assessments.

You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.

Activities at fixed times

There may be some activities scheduled at a fixed time, such as online meetings with your tutor or assessments with deadlines. But otherwise, you can access and work through each course at your convenience.

Hours for 60-credit projects and dissertations

A 60-credit project or dissertation is around 600 hours of study time.

This is around one term of full-time study.

You’ll dedicate a full term to your project or dissertation and work on it full-time.

When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.

But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.

Your most important commitment will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.

Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your studies each week:

  • Be realistic
  • Create a weekly schedule as a guide

If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your coordinator via email, MyAberdeen and Microsoft Teams. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.

We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.

We’re a member of the Access scheme run by the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL).

Access study spaces, books and journals in your area

The SCONUL Access scheme allows you, as a University of Aberdeen student, to access books and resources at university libraries across the UK and Ireland, or visit them for a quiet place to study.

You’ll be able to use study spaces, books and journals at over 150 university libraries which belong to the scheme.

Find out about the SCONUL Access scheme for libraries.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Dr Maria Sanchez

Maria is the degree coordinator. She’ll be on hand to answer any questions about degree content before you start and to help you throughout your studies.

Thomas Connolly

Thomas is a Lead Administrator for the School of LLMVC. He and his team will be there throughout your studies to answer any of your non-academic queries.

Get in touch

The online education team is here to answer any questions you have right now about this qualification, or about studying online.

Ask us a question

Where this will take you

Your accredited Masters in Translation Studies

You’ll graduate with an accredited Masters in Translation Studies from the University of Aberdeen, one of the UK’s six ancient universities.

You’ll receive exactly the same degree qualification online as you would on campus. Your degree title will not mention online or distance learning.

Your accredited Masters qualification will be recognised by employers and educational institutions around the world, opening up international opportunities.


Given the increasing internationalisation of governments, businesses and other employment sectors, demand for professional translation skills is at an all-time high.

In this degree, you’ll develop highly sought after skills and industry awareness, ready to work as a translator in a wide range of sectors.

Work as a translator

Possible career paths open to you following graduation include:

  • Freelance/In-house translation
  • Translation project management
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Running your own translation company
  • Interlingual consultancy
  • Working for publishing houses.

Further learning opportunities

This Masters in Translation is also an ideal foundation for taking your studies further, preparing you for doctoral research.

What our students say

Thomas Berntsen – MSc Translation Studies student

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time doing the MSc in Translation Studies. The practical and applied side of the programme is absolutely invaluable to anyone who wishes to have a future in translation.

“In a field where networking is so important, I felt an unparalleled sense of community with my fellow students, and met professional colleagues and friends for the future.

“More than anything, however, I felt fortunate to be instructed by some of the most passionate and learned professors I have ever worked with. Their passion and excitement for the field is absolutely infectious.”

Huangxin Zheng – MSc Translation Studies student

“Reflective thinking is the key to Maria’s teaching and practising sessions, which greatly boosted our professional studies.

“The classroom environment fosters a positive atmosphere, thereby promoting independent thinking among students.”

Lifelong career support

Our career support doesn’t stop when you graduate.

You have access to our free careers service while you study, and beyond.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2024/25 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2025/26 academic year. Our indicative costs include a 5% fee rise each year.

Pay as you go

This is a pay-as-you-go degree.

You do not have to pay the full tuition fee upfront.

You can spread the cost and pay as you go, term by term.

How it works

  • You decide how many credits to study for each term.
  • At the start of term, you pay only for the credits you’re taking that term.
  • This gives you control over your costs and workload for each term of your degree.

Your personalised cost breakdown

Use the degree scheduler to plan your studies and see your cost breakdown, term by term.

Learning resources

Access to all the essential books and resources you need are included in your tuition fee. They’ll be made available to you online and you do not have to buy your own copies.

We also provide optional recommended reading lists. Many of these resources are available electronically through our library, although purchases may be required if you wish to read the full list.


You may want to set aside a small budget for printing, depending on how you like to work.

There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:

Find out more about funding options.

Student card

All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.

20% Alumni discount

You’re entitled to 20% off our postgraduate taught degrees and short courses if you have a degree from the University of Aberdeen. View Alumni discount details.

How discounts work

Discounts are applied during your application process. You can only use one discount per application.

Choose the University of Aberdeen for flexible online Masters degrees

Over 525 years of excellence

You’ll graduate from the fifth-oldest university in the English-speaking world, founded in 1495.

You’re in expert hands

We’ve been delivering online and distance learning for decades.

20% alumni discount

University of Aberdeen alumni receive 20% off fees for this online degree.

Entry requirements

Masters, PgDip, PgCert

The language of instruction for this degree is English.

To join this degree, you need to have:

  • a 2:1 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
  • an advanced-level fluency in English (B2 minimum), and
  • grammatical and structural knowledge (C1/C2) of your native language (English or other).

You also need to have an advanced-level fluency (B2 minimum, preferably C1) in one or two of the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • German
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Polish, or
  • Spanish.

You are also welcome to apply if you have:

  • other relevant qualifications, and/or
  • professional experience with supportive references.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world.

See the minimum entry requirements above. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check equivalent qualifications from your country.

Visa requirements

You do not need a student visa to study online with us.

English language requirements

Teaching is delivered in English.

If English is not your first language, use our English requirements checklist to see if you need to provide evidence of your English language skills when you apply.

English language tests and scores

If you do need to provide English language test scores, these are the tests and minimum scores we accept.

These are our Postgraduate Higher requirements.

IELTS Academic, IELTS UKVI Academic, and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)

  • 6.5 overall
  • 5.5 for listening and speaking
  • 6.0 for reading and writing

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition

  • 90 overall
  • 17 for listening
  • 21 for reading
  • 20 for speaking
  • 21 for writing
  • TOEFL DI code is 0818

Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency

  • 176 overall
  • 162 for listening and speaking
  • 169 for reading and writing

LanguageCert Academic/LanguageCert Academic SELT

  • 70 overall
  • 60 for listening and speaking
  • 65 for reading and writing

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken) – Online / In-centre

  • Overall High Pass
  • 33 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 38 for writing

Oxford ELLT Digital – English Language Level Test Online

  • 7.0 overall
  • 5.0 for listening and speaking
  • 6.0 for reading and writing

PTE Academic (online test not accepted)

  • 62 overall
  • 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

For more information about language qualifications see our English Language Requirements page.

You apply through our online Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents.

There is no application fee for our online degrees.

What you need to apply for this degree

  • Degree transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Degree certificate
  • CV / Resume
  • References x2


You will need two reference letters. One should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time, you can use your current or most recent employers or other professional individuals.

Apply now

Start with our step-by-step guide. It explains degree transcripts, what to write in your personal statement and how to use our Applicant Portal.

Apply as early as you can. This is so we have time to review your application and get a decision to you. We also want to ensure you have time to enrol before teaching starts.

September 2024 intake

For our September 2024 intake, the application deadline is 8 September 2024.

You will need to accept your offer and provide any outstanding documents to meet the conditions of your offer by 15 September 2024.

Teaching starts on 23 September 2024.

You will need access to:

A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:

  • Windows 10 or later
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.

Translation Technology: you will need a Windows-based laptop or PC to take this optional course. This is because the translation software program used in this course, MemoQ, works only on the Windows operating system.

Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.

Reliable internet access

We recommend:

  • a wired connection
  • a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.

Speakers or headphones

  • We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
  • A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one from some interactive sessions.


We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

We’ll also give you access to, and training in, specialist translation software as part of this degree. We’ll provide you with a licence to the required software that lasts throughout your studies.

See our detailed IT requirements for more information.

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Master of Science

180 credits


This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2024.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 credits


This indicative cost is based on 120 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2024.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 credits


This indicative cost is based on 30 credits of study per term, starting in September 2024.

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