Translation Studies @ Imperial College London
These days translation professionals need to be technically well-informed and linguistically talented people who not only possess a clear understanding of the issues involved in dragging a text across boundaries of language and culture, but are also able to utilise the latest computer-based translation technology in order to get the job done. The MSc in Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation with Translation Technology (MScTrans) draws upon a very wide range of tutors with extensive specialised linguistic and translation expertise to provide training in translation within a large number of language pairs. MScTrans will make participants familiar with a variety of "translation technologies", including machine translation, translation memory, terminology management, and software and WWW localisation. Students on the programme will become experienced in translating a variety of technical and specialised text-types - currently technical, scientific, medical, software and WWW. In each instance the practical translation work will be clearly linked to the use of the most up-to-date computer-based translation tools. In addition, further compulsory and optional modules in linguistics, translation theory, the history of translation, and editing and WWW publishing skills will help to ensure that participants are provided with a fully-rounded programme of study. The programme is taught via lectures, seminars, practical translation classes and hands-on sessions in a computer cluster. There is also a dissertation and two extended translation projects to complete.
It is our hope that graduates from the new course will be fully equipped to meet the challenges of the new working methodologies which the course focuses on, whether they end up working in an international institution (such as the EU or the UN), in a commercial translation company, or as specialised freelancers.
The entry requirements are a IIi degree or equivalent, and we have found that the programme has been of interest to both scientists and people with a language background.
Further details can be obtained from:
MSc in Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation with Translation Technology Humanities Programme
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 8833, Fax: +44 (0)20 7594 8759