Module code: TRAM492

Module Overview

This module allows students to specialise in an aspect of the programme which is of particular interest to them by writing a dissertation based on thorough research on a specific Translation or Interpreting Studies issue, or to carry out a practical translation/interpreting project with commentary in a language of their choice paired with English. Successful completion of the module requires close collaboration with a supervisor and good planning and organisation skills.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 600

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Dissertation proposal
• One-to-one dissertation supervision meetings

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Dissertation of 10-12 thousand words 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to produce an original piece of work commensurate with the MA level, work independently and comply with academic standards.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• EITHER A topic-based dissertation of 10-12 thousand words (all programmes)
• OR Translation Project (normally 3-5 thousand words) with Analytical Commentary (normally 5-7 thousand words) (MA Translation and MA Translation and Interpreting)
• OR The transcript of an interpreting project (normally 2-4 thousand words) plus an analytical commentary (normally 6-8 thousand words) (MA Interpreting, MA Translation and Interpreting)

Formative assessment
Students will discuss the development of their chosen topic or translation/interpreting project plus commentary with a supervisor designated to them by the Programme Leader.

Students will receive written feedback on their dissertation proposals and on their dissertations, as well as oral or written feedback on agreed drafts and transcript samples submitted to their supervisors.

Module aims

  • Guide students along the identification and selection of an appropriate research topic or a translation/interpreting project
  • Encourage students to discuss and assess the relevance and suitability of the topic/project of their choice critically
  • Enable students to narrow down the research topic/project chosen to something manageable and achievable within the scope of an MA dissertation
  • Provide an opportunity for students to develop their topic or project independently and discuss it with a supervisor
  • Guide students along the production of an extended piece of academic work
  • Enable students to synthesise the skills and knowledge which they have acquired throughout the academic year

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Produce a topic-based dissertation or a translation/interpreting project plus an analytical commentary of around 10-12 thousand words in total CKT
002 Demonstrate insight into, reflect on and critically engage with the process of translation or interpreting CT
003 Work independently on an extended piece of work in a sustained way with guidance PT
004 Demonstrate research skills developed to a level of complexity and sophistication commensurate with masters level descriptors CKT
005 Plan and manage larger projects over a period of time to meet deadlines and quality expectations PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
• Stimulate critical thinking and independent research
• Develop time-management and interpersonal skills

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Independent research (600 hours)
• Individual consultation and discussion during agreed supervision meetings

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Interpreting (Chinese Pathway) MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Interpreting MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Translation MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Translation and Interpreting MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.