Translation Studies

Useful links

We maintain links with professional organisations that may prove useful to you both during your studies and after.

Links with professional organisations and the translation market

The Translation Studies Graduate Programme has established links with the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI), the foremost professional body in the UK for practising translators and interpreters.

Institute of Translation and Interpreting

Its regional group ITI Scottish Network organises workshops which are also open to our students.

ITI Scottish Network

Some members of the ITI Scottish Network have also contributed to our Technology and Translation in the Workplace course as external tutors.

Technology and Translation in the Workplace

SDL logo

As of this year the University of Edinburgh’s postgraduate programme in Translation Studies is an official member of the SDL University Partner Program.

The objective of the SDL University Partner Program is to provide students with the necessary knowledge, expertise and resources to help prepare for a career in the translation industry. This academic program offers students the opportunity to gain the official SDL Certification qualification, through a professional and well-structured series of training materials and there is also a number of other additional benefits. Benefits of the SDL University Program include:

  • SDL Certification official courseware and exams - this gives students the opportunity to gain an additional qualification. Upon successful completion of an online examination the students become SDL Certified. Participation in the exam (3 attempts) and related courseware are provided for free to the students as part of the Partner Program. SDL Certification is an industry recognised qualification for professional translators and as such, the biggest translator community website Proz.com incorporates SDL Certification into its translator profiles.Students who pass the exam will immediately have a webpage dedicated to their achievement and this can be found in their SDL account. Many users send the page link to prospective employers to show them that they are SDL Certified.
  • Discounted pricing on SDL CAT tools - as part of this program students also have the opportunity to purchase their own SDL Trados license at a substantially discounted price.

The Translation Studies Graduate Programme regularly receives news about translator internship opportunities, translator trainee programmes and vacancies for translators. These news are circulated on our internal mailing list.

National Museum of Flight Translation Project

Between 2009 and 2011, the Translation Studies Graduate Programme teamed up with the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune, East Lothian, for a series of challenging translation projects.

National Museum of Flight

In the first half of 2010, some of our students and recent graduates translated a guide to the Concorde Experience exhibition and other useful resources into seven languages, thus enabling the non-Anglophone visitors of Scotland’s biggest aviation museum to further enjoy their experience.

In 2010/2011, we repeated this successful collaboration through three different projects that involved most of the language combinations available in the MSc in Translation Studies class.

These voluntary projects have given prospective translators significant practical experience to include in their portfolio, as well as a sense of pride and satisfaction from seeing their work being used in the ‘real’ world. Students have also gained the ability to work to a deadline for a non-academic organisation, experience in writing business emails and an understanding of the importance of prompt communication with project managers - all crucial skills in the translation industry.