MA in Translation Studies (MATS)

MA in Translation Studies (MATS)

Degree Master of Arts
Program Title Translation Studies
Duration Two years
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Institution Hamad bin Khalifa University’s
Translation and Interpreting Institute

The MA in Translation Studies (MATS) is a two-year program designed to train highly skilled translators in the areas of business and commerce, science and technology, literary translation, and translation of media texts, as well as translation for international organizations. The acquisition of practical translation competence is complemented by advanced training in the use of translation technology and work placement experience. A theoretical component encourages sophisticated intellectual enquiry, thus equipping students with a sound foundation for professional work and doctoral study in the field of translation studies.

In May of 2014, TII officially announced obtaining the validation for the MATS from the University of Geneva. With this validation, TII has received the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI) Quality Label from the University of Geneva. TII is now recognized as offering both the first graduate degree in translation in the State of Qatar as well as the first externally validated graduate degree at HBKU.

Program Overview

Number of Credits  42 Credits
Credits by Year

YEAR ONE: 18 credits
5 required courses (15 credits)
1 elective course (3 credits)

SUMMER: 3 credits
Translation Internship (3 credits)

YEAR TWO: 15 credits
 1 required course (3 credits)
 2 elective courses (6 credits)
 Thesis (6 credits)

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Translation Studies
  • Introduction & Advanced Research Methods
  • Pragmatic Translation
  • Arabic Stylistics for Translators
  • Commercial Translation 
  • Media Translation
  • Literary Translation
  • Translation Technologies

Career Opportunities for MATS Graduates

MATS graduates have excellent employment prospects with many options available to them to develop their professional careers. They can work as in-house translators in various sectors (media, industry, tourism, advertising, insurance, banks, research institutions, public administration), as well as international organizations (United Nations agencies). Other career opportunities are open for MATS graduates when they gain some experience as translators. They can work as editors, revisers, terminologists or translation project managers. MATS graduates may also choose to pursue a stimulating career by starting their own businesses as translation agencies or take the competitive examination to become sworn (certified) translators working for the courts of justice in Qatar.