European Masters in Translation
The EMT sets the standard for translation across Europe
The European Masters in Translation (EMT)
is a quality label for postgraduate
translation programmes offered by universities across Europe.
If you select a translation programme recognised
by the EMT network, then you can be confident that your translation qualification
will open doors with well-respected employers in the industry.
The aim of the European Masters in Translation
The EMT was set up by the EU’s Directorate
General for Translation as a way of improving translator training and encouraging
qualified translators to work at the EU.
Because, as well as “pure translation”, the
modern translation profession involves an increasing range of additional
activities and skills – such as localisation, terminology management, project
For that reason, the DG has drawn up a translator
competence profile outlining the 6 core competences
it believes translators need to be successful in today’s market:
EMT competences (Source: EU-DG Translation websites)
- Translation service provision (and customer relation management)
- Language competence in both source and target languages
- Intercultural competence (understanding cultural allusions)
- Information mining (critical use of sources)
- Technology (use of translation memories and terminology management)
- Domain-specific competence (knowledge in a specialist field)
This is what the EU does best – designing
and implementing the building blocks needed to create a single market, in our
case for translation services.
DG Translation encourages systematic
cooperation between universities, the language industry and translation
services in the EU, national language institutes and professional associations,
promoting the profile of translation as a profession.
The EMT is not only a pan-European quality
standard for translation, the EMT network effectively functions as an umbrella
organisation for Europe’s national translation associations (e.g. the UK
Chartered Institute of Linguists, Austria’s Universitas,
etc.), and actively enhances the status of translation as a profession.
The benefits of a European Masters in Translation
- A recognised and respected
translation qualification accepted by
the language industry across Europe, and especially for those looking to work as a translator for the EU
- EMT students get priority for
unpaid traineeships in DG
Translation (a great way to get your foot in the door)
- EMT students can apply for work placements available in the language
The European Masters in Translation network
The EMT network consists of those European
universities whose translation programmes have been recognised by the EU’s DG
Translation as meeting set standards in these 6 fields.
EMT network members relevant to our
German-English combination include the following:
Update: Following Brexit, several UK universities still offer translation qualifications which are recognised by the EU as being of a high quality, but they are no longer part of the EMT network for 2019-2024:
- University of Bath: MA Interpreting and Translating (MAIT), MA
Translation and Professional Language Skills (TPLS)
- University of Birmingham: MA in
Translating for Business and International Institutions
- Durham University: MA in Translation
- University of Edinburgh: MSc in Translating
- University of Surrey, Guildford: MA in Translation and Interpreting
- University of Leeds: MA in Audiovisual Translation Studies (MAAVTS), MA Applied Translation Studies
University, London: MA in Audiovisual Translation
- University of Westminster, London: MA in Translation and Interpreting, MA in Specialised Translation
- London Metropolitan University: MA in Translation
- Newcastle University: MA in Professional
Translation for European Languages
- University of Portsmouth: MA in Translation
- University of Sheffield: – MA in Translation Studies
- Swansea University – MA in Professional Translation (MAPT), MA in Translation and Interpreting (MATI)
For more details about the courses offered by these universities see German translation courses in the UK.
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- University College Cork:
MA Translation Studies
- Dublin City University: MA in Translation Studies
- Dublin City University: MS
in Translation Technology
- Dublin: MSc in Translation Technology
- Dublin: MA in Translation Studies
- Fachhochschule Köln,
Cologne: MA Fachübersetzen
- Universität Leipzig: Master Translatologie
- Universität Wien, Vienna: Masters in Translation
SWITZERLAND (observer status)
- ZHAW Zürcher
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften – Masterstudiengang Angewandte
Linguistik mit Vertiefung in Fachübersetzen
Masterstudiengang Angewandte Linguistik mit Vertiefung in Fachübersetzen
For more details about the European Masters in Translation visit the DG Translation website.
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