Arabic language, literature and related subjects have been taught at Durham University for more than forty years and the Department of Arabic has an international reputation in these areas. Areas of research and teaching covered by the Department of Arabic include Arabic language, linguistics and literature, as well as Arabic/English Translation. The department has been active in Arabic/English translation studies for a number of years and has a number of PhD students in Arabic/English Translation and other areas of linguistics.
The MA in Arabic/English Translation is designed for native speakers of Arabic and speakers of English who have near-native competence in Arabic. The course combines training in English>Arabic and Arabic>English translation with a consideration of the theoretical issues involved in translation. It is therefore suitable both for prospective professional translators and for those wishing to go on to further academic study.
Students of this MA programme are required to take three core modules (Research Methods and Resources, Translation Theory and Translation practical Arabic>English, English>Arabic), complete a dissertation and choose two further elective modules.
International Student Requirements:
If you are not a native speaker of English, you will be required to sit an international language test such as IELTS (which can be taken at most British Councils) or TOEFL. The minimum scores to be obtained are 6.5 overall for IELTS (with a written component of no less than 6.5) and 573 (no less than 4.5 in the Test of Written English), or CBT 230 (no less than 4.5 on the essay rating) for TOEFL. Students who have attained lower scores may be permitted to take the MA following completion of a pre-sessional summer language course in the Durham University Language Centre. Details of this can be obtained via the Department of Arabic.