Best universities for studying translation in the UK and Ireland

translation universities

Thinking of studying translation in the United Kingdom or Ireland? Looking at potential translation degrees to study abroad in an English-speaking country? With beautiful campuses, vibrant student life and a reputation for academic excellence, studying your degree in the UK, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland is always a good choice!

If you are looking to work in the field of translation or interpreting, it is crucial to lay down a solid foundation before trying to find work. Many universities in the UK and Ireland specialise in language courses as well as offering translation and interpreting degrees.

Consider the types of translation degrees available

There are many different options available to you. Some choose to study an undergraduate degree in one or two foreign languages (some universities even allow you to choose three) and then follow up their undergraduate 3 or 4-year Bachelors or 4-year MA Hons with a Masters in translation or interpretation. Some, however, prefer to stick to a specialised undergraduate degree in the field of their choice. The latter may only be possible for those who can prove their language proficiency before embarking on the course.

We have put together a definitive list of the English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, and Northern Irish universities that offer translation training courses and degrees. Keep in mind that we have only included degrees focusing uniquely on translation – all these institutions and many more also offer BSc or MA Hons language degrees.

Undergraduate translation degrees

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

Unfortunately, we didn’t find any undergraduate translation degrees in Northern Ireland. Still determined to study in this beautiful part of the world? Why not start your academic career with an undergraduate language degree? Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University in Coleraine both offer great course programs for prospective language students.

Republic of Ireland

Postgraduate Degrees

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

As you can see, there’s no shortage of options for future students looking to further their studies in translation and interpreting. Languages are becoming an increasingly popular career choice in the UK and Ireland, with students not only going into translation and interpreting but also language teaching, international journalism, media, and academia. Still not convinced? Many of our professional translators here at BeTranslated studied at one of these institutions and are now providing quality translation services under our name.

What do you make of our list? Have we missed any important universities? We want to hear from you! If you’re thinking of studying in another country, check out our full list of university translation courses worldwide.

 

Professional translator or translation app?

human translator

When it comes to translation, if you want a job done properly, there’s only one way to do it: professional human translation. In our globalised world, investing in high-quality translation is one of the best decisions you can make for your business and its international growth. Contracting a professional translation service, as opposed to using a translation app to do it yourself, is key to building stronger relationships with current overseas clients and branching out to make new ones. And here’s why…

The benefits of contracting a professional translation service

When your company needs to have business documents translated, is searching for a marketing translator, or requires any other type of translation services performed to a professional standard, a translation app just isn’t going to cut it. In fact, using a translation app has been known to cause many misunderstandings, even when trying to communicate with friends from overseas, let alone in a work environment.

While translation apps and machine translation tools can offer convenience, they tend to struggle with nuance and taking context into account. These translations can be too literal and can leave clients with a negative impression of your company. Experienced human translators, on the other hand, allow you to connect with international clients. This makes them an extremely valuable resource.

What a professional translation service offers

To illustrate the value of the service provided by professional translation agencies, we will give you an insight into our company, BeTranslated. BeTranslated is an established translation agency that has managed to maintain many long-term client relationships, whilst steadily gaining new clients.

Our team comprises of experienced project managers, themselves qualified translators, and a vast network of experienced translators based around the globe. The remote nature of our teams allows us to keep overheads down and to pass those savings on to our clients. It also means that if we are working on a large project with a tight deadline, we can use timezones to our advantage and have linguists working around the clock.

Our translators, who are all highly-qualified, only translate into their native language. As well as being experts in certain languages and regional dialects (we have different translators for Europan and Canadian French, for example) they are also specialised in other fields. Meaning that your IT content will be translated by a translator specialised in tech. This system leads to sensitively rendered, accurate translations.

BeTranslated’s specialised services   

As BeTranslated is lucky enough to work with a substantial network of translation experts, we specialise in a wide range of subject areas. These areas include but are not limited to the following:

We translate all types of commercial documents and contracts, marketing materialwebsite content, and social media, plus much more.

The service that you will receive 

What we provide our clients that translation apps cannot:

  • Personalised service
  • A native language speaker, from a worldwide team of specialists
  • Experts with knowledge for your specific business sector
  • Precision and accuracy
  • Competitive rates
  • High-quality material

Languages BeTranslated covers

Due to the international nature of our agency, we provide translations in most languages, however European and Asian languages are the most common and we specialise in the following language combinations:

French <- -> English

Spanish <- -> English

German <- -> English

If you are considering working with BeTranslated on a translation project in any language combination, get in touch to see what we can do for you.

How we save you time and money

We deliver ready to use content that has been translated and proofread by a team of professionals. We always meet deadlines and you can be sure that there won’t be any app translated errors such as ‘driving down arteries’ instead of ‘driving along main roads’, or ‘flirtatious farms’ instead of ‘attractive properties’. Your business’s reputation is safe with our professional service. We’ve got you covered.

For more information or a free, no-obligation quote, get in touch today. You won’t be disappointed.