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Master of Arts in Translation Studies

Master of Arts in Translation Studies

A two-year full-time (or three-year part-time) designed to train highly skilled translators.


The MA in Translation Studies (MATS) delivered by TII is designed to train highly skilled translators in the areas of business and commerce, science and technology, literary translation, legal and medical 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 inquiry, thus equipping students with a sound foundation for professional work and doctoral study in the field of translation studies.

In May 2020, validation for the MATS program was officially renewed by the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI) of the University of Geneva.


Graduates of the program are equipped to:


  • Work as in-house translators in various sectors, including media, industry, tourism, advertising, insurance, banking, and public administration, as well as for international organizations (e.g. United Nations agencies).
  • Specialize as editors, revisers, terminologists, or translation project managers.
  • Start their own businesses or take a competitive examination to become sworn (certified) translators working for the courts of justice in Qatar.
  • Pursue careers in translation or opt for advanced research at the PhD level.


  • A two-year full-time program, or a three-year part-time program that requires 39 credits with eight required courses, three electives, an internship and a thesis.
  • All courses are conducted face-to-face and are classroom-based. They are taught in English and take place on campus at HBKU.


Students are taught by faculty members of CHSS, who are leading scholars and researchers in their fields, and by distinguished visiting professors and experts working in the field of translation.

  • Students are introduced to professional experience through an internship at TII’s Translation and Training Center or with external partners, such as companies or ministries. Further insights are provided by professional translators’ contribution to practical courses.

  • The program is benchmarked against the highest international standards.

  • List of Courses:

    Total of 39 credit hours

    7 Core Courses (21 credit hours)

    Code Course
    Code: TR 611 Course: Introduction to Translation Studies
    Code: TR 612 Course: Pragmatic Translation
    Code: TR 613 Course: Arabic Stylistics for Translators
    Code: TSD 621 Course: Current Trends in Translation Studies
    Code: TSD 623 Course: Specialized Translation
    Code: TSD 624 Course: Translation Technologies
    Code: TSD 645 Course: Research Methods in Translation Studies




    3 elective courses (9 credit hours)

    Code Course
    Code: AVT 624 Course: Subtitling
    Code: AVT 627 Course: Voicing
    Code: AVT 636 Course: Intersensory Translation for Access
    Code: AVT 658 Course: Special Topics in Audiovisual Translation
    Code: AVT 659 Course: Introduction to Audiovisual Translation
    Code: DHS 660 Course: Digital Disinformation and Propaganda in the Middle East and North Africa
    Code: DHS 661 Course: Digital Writing
    Code: SS 600 Course: Thinking and Practicing Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities and the Social Sciences
    Code: TSD 628 Course: Terminology
    Code: TSD 652 Course: Commercial Translation
    Code: TSD 653 Course: Media Translation
    Code: TSD 655 Course: Literary Translation
    Code: TSD 656 Course: Intercultural Translation
    Code: TSD 657 Course: Legal Translation
    Code: TSD 658 Course: Special Topics in Translation Studies
    Code: WSD 662 Course: Women and Gender in the Literature and Cinema of the Middle East and North Africa


  • Internship (3 credit hours)

    Code Course
    Code: TSD 691 Course: Internship 
  • Thesis (6 credit hours)

    Code Course
    Code: TSD 695 Course: Master's Thesis Hours
  • Non-Course Requirements

    Code Course
    Code: 699 Course: Thesis Defense