WPCS 2.1.5
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Master of Arts in Translation
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:Centre for Translation and Interpretation
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: 9 October 2020
Programme Overview

This is a postgraduate degree programme that is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for them to become professional translators. Apart from equipping them with the knowledge and understanding of the discipline of translation, the programme also has a strong practical element in which students will translate texts from various fields and cultural contexts. The course is designed for practicing translators, linguists, professionals from various fields and all those keen on improving their translation skills or starting a career in translation. The programme offers training in translation in various languages including English, Kiswahili, Arabic, French, , Spanish, German and Chinese.

This is a professional course that is designed to meet the highest international standards in order to produce professionals who can fit anywhere in the global market. It is intended to fill a training gap in this area since there is no other institution in the region that offers such a course despite the acute need of translators for organizations like the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations among others.

The objectives of the programme shall be:-

  1. To expose students to various aspects of the discipline of translation.
  2. To equip students with the necessary practical skills in translating texts from different contexts.
  3. To produce highly qualified translators for the local and international market.

**The Master of Arts degree course in Translation shall consist of coursework, examination and a Research Paper. These shall be covered in a minimum of four (4) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters and the maximum may only be extended with prior approval by Senate.
**Candidates shall be required to register and pass in fourteen   (14) taught course units prior to embarking on the Research Paper, which shall be equivalent to Four (4) course units.
– Candidates shall be required to take a minimum of two (2) course units and a maximum of four (4) course units in each semester
**The Research Paper shall be done in the final semester and topics for the Research Paper shall be identified by candidates in consultation with their supervisors, subject to the approval of the department.
**This is a professional course that is more oriented towards practical work rather than research. (The Research Paper shall, therefore, have the weight of Four (4) course units while the taught course units shall be fourteen, making a total of sixteen for the entire course).
**Due to the practical and professional nature of this programme, a course unit shall last the duration of 60 hours per semester in order to give ample time for practical work.
**The range of M.A course units offered in any given semester shall be determined by the department and shall be drawn from a list of the Senate-approved courses

Admission Requirements

**The common regulations for the Masters degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply.
**The minimum qualifications for admission to the M.A. degree programme in Translation shall be a Lower Second Class Bachelors degree or equivalent, obtained from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate. In addition, holders of a Lower Second Class degree must have a relevant work experience of not less than two years and Pass must have work experience of not less than five years.
**Candidates seeking admission into the programme shall have:-
– An excellent command of their A- Language over a wide range of topics and registers*.
– An in-depth knowledge of their working languages (B and C).
– At least any of the following language combinations:-
a. A-CC or A-BC or A-A.
b. A-B for less widely used languages in the light of market requirements.
Admission into the course shall be subject to success in a senate, approved aptitude test. (See description of the same in appendix I).

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $50

How to Apply:
Applicants should visit = to apply Online

University of Nairobi has three intakes in an Academic year. Main intake being in September/October for all the courses and December/January for Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism April/May for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics ,Bachelor of Economics and Statistics ,Bachelor of Journalism and media Studies, Bachelor of Art Broadcast Production, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism, Bachelor of Arts Broadcast Production and all Diploma and Certificate courses.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– professional translators.
– localizers.
– terminologists.
– post-editors.
– project managers.
– language consultants.
– quality management.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Tuition Fees for International Students: $0

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**This programme will be completed after a duration of 2 years, with fees per year as follows:
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International Students pay 20% more than the Kenyan Students.

Relevant Contact

Centre for Translation and Interpretation Office
Responsible for Centre's Enquiries
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries