If you want to focus on gaining practical skills in translation alongside fluency in one or two languages, from French, German, Italian and Spanish, this specially designed three-year degree programme is for you.
As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.
Having taken one or more language to post-A-Level (or equivalent), or as a native speaker, you will continue to develop your linguistic ability, and have the opportunity to take up a new language from beginners' level.
As a part of Royal Holloway's close-knit international community based in our beautiful historic campus, you will be within easy reach of London with its wealth of cultural resources.
+ Whether you are an advanced or native-speaker level student when you start, by the time you graduate you will be fluent in one or two languages, confident in reading, understanding and analysing text in your chosen language(s) and English, and able to write with ease and accuracy.
+ On graduation you will have learnt the theories of translation and practice, with critical skills in professional translation and a focus on translating into English, applying what you have learnt throughout your degree.
+ Our research staff are engaged in research at the highest level internationally; we are in the top 10 of UK Modern Language departments for research quality and the top in London (Research Assessment Exercise 2014).
The course has a modular structure. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective thereby offering flexibility and choice. In years one and two, you will take a core course in translation theory and weekly practical translation classes. In the final year, you will take the full-unit Advanced Translation - Professional Practice.
Every course is assessed using a varied range of methods such as coursework and end-of-year examinations. You produce coursework such as essays, language exercises, translations, or reports at regular intervals and the marks you receive for these pieces of work count towards your final mark. We also use oral presentations and computer-based tests to assess grammar and comprehension skills in some course units. You can, to some extent, choose course units which suit your own assessment preferences.
The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The subsequent years do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.
Final-year students will produce a translation of a text of their choice together with a critical discussion of the theories and strategies deployed; individual tutorials are offered for these students.
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The staff were seriously amazing, I’ve never felt so well supported and encouraged by teachers before. The union was also very friendly and dedicated to representing and helping students, with great services available. In terms of nightlife, you can grab a nice pint in Egham or on campus, or head out to Windsor or into London for clubbing. But it's a pretty quiet place - definitely don't come here for a party, but that's not everyone's style.
Provisional for Year 1 for EU at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for England at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for Northern Ireland at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for Scotland at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for Wales at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for Channel Islands at £9,250
Set for Year 1 for International at £16,900
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