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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MODL5001M Methods and Approaches in Translation Studies

30 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Carlo Eugeni

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- make use of the theoretical concepts studied in order to improve their practical translation performance.
- use their familiarity with the features of a number of English text-types to develop effective translation strategies.
- approach translation tasks with an awareness of how to solve common translation problems.
- undertake a research exercise such as an MA dissertation or translation project.


The main aim of this module is to serve as an introduction to the theoretical issues relevant to translation. Areas to be covered will include:
- types of translation;
- limitations of interlingual equivalence;
- general translation problems;
- translation evaluation.

Specific approaches to the translation of general, literary and subject-specific texts will also be considered. In this connection a number of different English-Language text-types will be studied with a view to facilitating the production of fluent translations in various genres; the registers examined will be those which will form the basis of the practical translation work in the Specialised Translation Modules.

Practice will also be given in conducting similar analysis on further text-types which might be encountered in a professional context.

Finally, one component of the module is designed to give students a grounding in the research methods and IT skills necessary to undertake advanced work in Translation Studies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 word essay65.00
Assignment2,000 word translation commentary35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/08/2023


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