MA in Translation Studies - Chinese Option

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This option begins September 2018. It has been created for two types of students:

  • Students from PARTNER UNIVERSITIES in China who will be able to ‘take home’ the credits they earn or the entire MA and apply it to their MA or MTI in China. These students have priority;
  • Any other individual who meets the admission requirements.


Partner Universities:

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou
Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai
Nankai University, Tianjin
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai
Tongji University, Shanghai
Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai
Ningbo University, Ningbo


Program Description

The program is designed to be completed in 3 semesters: coursework from  September to April, final project -a commented translation of 3000-4000 words -  from May to August.



Application date: February 1 - But late admissions are possible

Students follow the general admission requirements for graduate studies at the University of Ottawa. Students will be notified of the results of their application process by May 31.

  1. Create a OUAC account (Ontario University Application Centre)

     Apply MA in Translation Studies: Chinese Option

    Pay the fee of $100. This Centre then provides you with a student number.

  2. Follow instructions and send in the following documents:

    - The transcripts of all your university courses, translated into English by a certified translator; you bring the originals with you when you come to Ottawa.

    - Two letters of reference from professors who know your work.

    - Your English proficiency scores (IELTS or TOEFL).
    Here is the official information on English proficiency requirements:
    • TOEFL 580 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 6.0 (Paper-based)
    • TOEFL 92-93/IELTS 6.5 – Individual 6.0 (Internet-based)

However, the School of Translation and Interpretation may impose additional/other admission requirements, such as an interview, a writing sample, higher English proficiency scores. This will be announced.


Further considerations

• You can apply after February 1, but will be competing with other students. First come, first served.
• You need to ensure that your papers/admission letters are in order early enough to apply for a student visa to Canada.
• You need to ensure that your financial position is sufficiently strong to allow the Canadian authorities to issue a visa: tuition fees for the MA are about $23,000 CAD, and there are costs for accommodation, travel and food to be considered as well.



Mandatory Courses : (9 units)

TRA5102B Theories of Translation (3 units.)
A critical and comparative survey of the many theoretical approaches to understanding translation. Structuralist, descriptive, functionalist models, cultural and sociological approaches, systems theory perspectives.

TRA5106B Language and translation (3 units.)
A study of the linguistic concepts which are of use in translation studies and related fields.

TRA6102B Discourse and Translation (3 units.)
A survey of conceptual models for the production, interpretation and reception of discourse as applied to translation. Enunciation, narration, argumentation. Pragmatics and sociocultural aspects of discourse.


Optional Courses

Students choose four courses (12 units) from the five listed below:

TRA5116B Translation Workshop (Chinese - English) (3 units.)
An intensive advanced course in the translation of pragmatic texts from Chinese to English. Focus is on producing excellent English, the B language.

TRA 6106B Technical and Other Specialized Translation (3 units)
This is an advanced course in  technical and specialized translation from English to Chinese. It hones skills in translation, terminology, information-mining.

TRA5103B Computers and Translation (3 units)
Overview of advanced computational aids for human translation, with some hands-on practice (e.g. terminology management, desk-top publishing, grammar checking). Survey of machine and machine-aided translation. Analysis of machine translation.

TRA6111B Research Methods in Translation Studies (3 units)
This course covers research methods in translation studies at advanced levels.

Any other graduate course in the Faculty of Arts with permission of the School and the professor in charge of the course.



International students, including those from Partner Universities pay international fees: As an example, graduate level tuition fees for the Fall semester 2018 were about $23,000 CAD.

Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pay regular fees and are eligible for admission scholarships

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