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Looking for a professional translation qualification? Want to study in the UK?

Welcome to the German to English Translation Online Directory. This page lists universities in the UK, in alphabetical order, by city, and includes undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate qualifications in German and professional translation.

 For courses in other geographical regions of the world, or for courses aimed specifically at preparing students for a recognised professional German to English translation qualification such as the Chartered Institute of Linguist's DipTrans, see the listings here.

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University of Bath
Bath, BA2 7AY

Bath was the Sunday Times University of the Year 2011-12. Their faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences offers three undergraduate programmes involving German, and postgraduate translation qualifications in the German to English combination:

• German and Politics – BA
• International Management & Modern Languages (German)
• Modern Languages & European Studies (German)
• Interpreting & Translating - MA
• Translation & Professional Language Skills –MA/Postgraduate diploma

The Translation & Professional Language Skills programme also offers a 9 month diploma course (the MA course minus a dissertation). During the year students are usually put on placements with the language services of international organisations, government departments or translation companies.


Aston University
Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET

School of Languages and Social Sciences

• Translation in a European Context - MA

This university is a member of the European Master's in Translation (EMT) network.

University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Birmingham seems to offer one of the most extensive selections of single and joint degrees involving German in the UK! Unfortunately no specific German translation courses:

• German Studies – BA, MA, MRes, PhD, MPhil
• German & Economics – BSc
• German & International Relations – BA
• German & Law – LLB
• German, Money, Banking & Finance - BSc


University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is another institution in the UK offering many German courses, but sadly no German professional translation courses:

• German – BA
• German & a second modern language – BA
• History of Art & German – BA
• Law and German – LLB
• Music and German – BA
• Philosophy and German – BA
• Politics and German – BA


Cardiff University

65-68 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AS

Cardiff School of European Studies

• Translation Studies - MA

One year full time/two years part time. They say the course complies with the guidelines for the European Master’s in Translation (EMT) although it is not listed as a member of the EMT network. Suitable for any source- and target-language pairing.


University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
The Language and Linguistics department at the University of Essex offers joint German degrees:

• German Studies and Modern Languages – BA
• European Studies with German – BA
• Banking, Finance and German – BSc
• Finance and German – BSc
• Philosophy and German – BA
• Literature and German – BA

”Taking into account the number of people who speak German as a second or third language, we find that almost one third of the population of the EU is able to understand and communicate in German. In the EU, it is thus only second to English, and is spoken by more people than French, Italian, and Spanish.”

University of Essex website


University of Warwick
Department of German Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

The University of Warwick’s Department of German Studies offers a variety of single and joint honours courses in German:

• German Studies – BA
• German (+ second modern language) – BA
• English and German literature - BA
• German and Business Studies – BA
• German with International Studies - BA

The Department of French studies hosts the MA in translation which examines translation between English and German (or French or Italian) in a cultural context, and develop communicative, imaginative and critical abilities related to literary writing:

• Translation, Writing and Cultural Difference – MA


Durham University

Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

• Translation Studies - MA

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.


Edinburgh, Scotland, UK EH14 4AS

Heriot Watt’s School of Management and Languages at offers a undergraduate and postgraduate course in translation.
Undergraduate courses offered by the department of Languages and Intercultural Studies. All the degree programmes include a compulsory third year abroad, at exchange partner institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

• Applied Languages and Translating (ALT) (German/Spanish) – BA
• Languages, Interpreting and Translating (LINT)–BA
• German & Applied Language Studies (ALS) - BA

Designed to provide the specialist training needed by a professional translator, candidates need either near/native abilities in German and English, or near/native English and a German degree:

• Translation & Computer-Assisted Translation Tools – MSc, Diploma, Certificate

Heriot Watt is one of only 4 UK members recognised by CIUTI (International Permanent Conference of University Institutes of Translators and Interpreters). It is also a member of the UK’s Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

University of Edinburgh
Old College, South Bridge Edinburgh EH8 9YL

• German – BA (single or joint degree)

The University’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures runs a Translation Studies Graduate Programme which it touts as one of the most comprehensive and flexible German translation courses in the UK.

• Translation Studies - MSc/Dip
• Literary Translation as Creative Practice – MSc/Dip
• Translation Studies - PhD

The Translation Studies Graduate Programme is also a partner in the Translation Research Summer School (TRSS) (www.researchschool.org - see below) and the International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting (IPCITI- www.ipciti.org.uk)


University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Department of Languages and Translation Studies

• Translation - MA

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.


University of Hull
Hull, UK HU6 7RX

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Hull has a department of modern languages offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in translation. Their department also pursues research into translation studies.

• German (+ French/Italian or Spanish) with business/management/marketing - BA
• German (+ French/Italian or Spanish) with translation studies – BA
• German with translation studies – BA
• Translation Studies – MA
• Translation Studies with TESOL - MA

“Hull is one of the few universities offering translation studies as part of an undergraduate course.”

University of Hull website


University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds offers a great range of German and professional translation courses in the UK:
• German – BA
• German – as part of 22 joint BAs (history/management/other languages etc.)
• Applied Translation Studies – MA/Postgraduate diploma
• Audiovisual Translation Studies – MA
• Conference Interpreting & Translation Studies – MA

“The vast majority of our graduates make direct use of their postgraduate translation skills, whether in large organisations or as freelancers. Others find employment in project management roles or in senior administrative positions across the language services industry.”

University of Leeds website


City University

Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

City University has a Centre for Creative Writing, Translation and Publishing offering the following postgraduate studies:

• Translation Studies – PhD/MPhil
• Audiovisual Translation - MA
• Legal Translation - MA
• Translating Popular Culture - MA
• Principles and Practice of Translation - Postgraduate Certificate
• Translation skills – Postgraduate Certificate
• Series of professional development courses in translation, including the IoLET Dip Trans preparation course for the Chartered Institute of Linguist’s Diploma in Translation

Imperial College London (ICL)

South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ
Department of Humanities

• Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation with Translation Technology - MScTrans

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.

London Metropolitan University

84 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SQ
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Languages

• Applied Translation Studies - MA

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.

Middlesex University
Middlesex University in London, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

Middlesex offers a 4-year full time undergraduate degree in translation, and a 1-year full time/2-year part time MA, both at their campus in Hendon. German and English is one of their most popular language pairs. The course is included in the EU’s Language and Translation Directorate.

• Translation – BA
• Theory and Practice of Translation - MA

”If you love languages, and wish to develop a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of translation as an academic discipline and as a profession - then Middlesex University, London is perfectly positioned to foster your talents.”

Middlesex University website

Roehampton University


Department of Media, Culture & Language

• Audiovisual Translation - MA

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.

University College London (UCL)

Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
School of European Languages, Culture and Society:

• German (or as joint degree) – BA
• German – Advanced Translation - MA

Their Faculty of Arts and Humanities hosts the Centre for Intercultural Studies which offers:
• Translation Theory and Practice – MA
• Translation Studies – MPhil/PhD

University of Westminster

309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
Westminster has a school of social sciences, humanities and languages:

• 11 undergraduate courses with German - BA
• Bilingual Translation – MA
• Interpreting - MA
• Translation and Linguistics – MA
• Technical and Specialised Translation – MA
• Translation and Interpreting – MA
• Translation and Linguistics - MA
Preparation course for the Chartered Institute of Linguist’s Diploma in Translation – Postgraduate Certificate

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.

If you've taken a German translation course in the UK, or a translation-related subject at any of these institutions - or if you are currently a student - then what did you think of the course? Who would you recommend it to?

Our visitors welcome any feedback or comments you may have. Help other visitors who are currently choosing between the many professional translation courses on offer in the UK, tell us what you thought of your course, and see what others have said about theirs.


University of Manchester

Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

The University Language Centre is part of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures (LLC)and offers a range of German translation courses:

• German Studies – BA
• German and a second language – BA /MML
Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies (CTIS) – the largest concentration of translation and interpreting specialists in the UK.
• Translation and Interpreting Studies – MA
• Conference Interpreting – MA
• Languages and cultures – MA (research based)
• German Studies – Mphil/PhD

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.


University of Newcastle
School of Modern Languages, Old Library Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

• German – BA
• German & Business Studies – BA
• German & Linguistics – BA
• Professional Translating for European Languages - MA
• Translating for European Languages – MA
• Interpreting – MA
• Translation Studies - MA
• Translation and Interpreting Studies Research

All undergraduate students spend a year abroad, either with a work placement or at German-speaking university and the School arranges an optional visit to Brussels each summer for MA students to find out about the work of EU translators and interpreters.


University of Portsmouth

University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP

The University of Portsmouth’s School of Languages and Area Studies offers:

• Translation Studies – MA
• Translation and Technical Communication - MA

The MA in Translation Studies is is a part-time, distance learning course run over a period of 3 years. The MA in Translation and Technical Communication is 1 year full time or 2 years part time. For candidates with an advanced knowledge of German.

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.


Univerity of Salford

The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT
School of Languages

• Translating - MA

This university is a member of the EUROPEAN MASTER’S IN TRANSLATION (EMT) network.


University of Swansea

Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea,SA2 8PP
School of Arts and Humanities

• Translation - BA
• Translation with Language Technology - MA

Other German Translation Courses in the UK

The Translation Research Summer School http://www.researchschool.org/

The Translation Research Summer School (TRSS) is run by 3 British universities and the Hong Kong Baptist University. They offer a 2-week summer school for around 30 participants at one of the 3 British universities, and a 2-week course at Hong Kong Baptist. The courses are intensive and aimed at those considering research in the field of translation and intercultural studies.

The units collaborating in the UK Summer School are the:

  1. Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies at the University of Manchester (www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/ctis/)

  2. Centre for Intercultural Studies at University College London (UCL)(www.ucl.ac.uk/cics/)

  3. Translation Studies Graduate Programme, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh (www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/literatures-languages-cultures/graduate-school/masters-programmes/translation-studies).

If you know of any other institutions running similar German translation courses in the UK and they are not on this list, then do let us know. Thank you!

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