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MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, students should be able:
- to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding and critical evaluation of the issues and concepts involved in intercultural studies and in the study of English as a global language.
- to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques in translation theory and applied translation, and in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of translation and localisation techniques and the application of theoretical concepts in Translation Studies in order to rate and improve their own translation performance; and/or to demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of the skills required in the use of English for professional purposes.
- to demonstrate enhanced specialist knowledge and understanding of issues and/or mastery of skills related to the field of intercultural studies broadly conceived (via optional modules)
- to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to research in intercultural studies;
- to take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and developing professional relationships with others;
- to proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these.

Transferable (key) skills

By the end of the programme, Masters students will have had the opportunity to fully acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree in the field or for employment in a higher capacity in multicultural environments such as diplomatic service, multinational companies, international charities or export-oriented industries;
- the ability to evaluate their own achievement and those of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critical engagement in the development of professional norms.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the programme and, will involve the achievement of the students in:
- evidencing the ability to conduct independent enquiry within the disciplines studied;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth of knowledge to intercultural and language-related issues;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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