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Open University: Translation

Institution Open University
Department The Open University
Telephone 0300 303 5303
Study type Taught


This qualification is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a professional translator, equipping you to work in the fast-growing translation-services industry. You will experiment with different genres through practical, inspiring translation activities, and hone your practice through peer review. You will gain hands-on experience of using tools necessary to operate in this rapidly evolving area (e.g. audio-visual translation or cloud-based translation tools). Your work will be underpinned by an understanding of translations theories and debates. The languages offered on this qualification are French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Chinese in combination with English.

Key features of the course - Engage in authentic translation tasks to develop useful employability skills.

  • Choose to translate using either French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Modern Standard Arabic in combination with English.

  • Participate in online open translation projects, with a certain degree of freedom to choose what you translate, and the opportunity to connect with established translation communities.

  • Develop your professional skills with a combination of collaborative activities and peer reviews.

The Open University is recognised as a HE Language Partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) and is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting (ITI). We are also members of the Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies of the UK and Ireland (APTIS UK).


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