Hannah Hutchinson - MA Translation Studies

MA Translation Studies student, Hannah Hutchinson, tells us more about her experience studying at the University of Birmingham


Why did you choose Translation Studies at the University of Birmingham?

“I did my Undergraduate degree at UoB, graduating in 2016, so I knew that the Modern Languages department had excellent lecturers and resources (language labs and the brand-new Harding interpreting suite) and a good reputation for Translation Studies. Also, Modern Languages works with the open Languages for all department, meaning this was one of the few courses which offered the chance to learn languages like Japanese, Mandarin or Arabic alongside my translations studies.”

What has been the highlight of your course?

“The highlight of my course has been getting to know the other students and being a part of such a multicultural environment. This year we had students from all over the world (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, China, Saudi Arabia and more) meaning our lectures and seminars were melting pots of opinions, approaches and ideas. Moreover, for us as language students, this was ideal as you could almost guarantee you could find a native speaker to practice with and pick their brains over translation challenges.”

What have you learnt from your programme?

“I have learnt so much! Not only have useful theoretical modules been covered which will help me look for resources and justify my decisions to future clients, but there was also a strong focus on practical skills including different specialisms, translation software, termbase construction and more. As well as the course, career talks from relevant industry professionals and ITI West Midlands meet-ups mean I feel far more prepared to enter the translation industry and have a deeper appreciation for the job and its challenges.”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“Life as a UoB student is never boring; there’s so much to do! You can get involved with your department through career talks, open day volunteering or socials, you can pick up part-time or volunteering jobs across campus and, more importantly, join loads of incredible societies at the Guild of Students. Aside from my course, I was also involved in performances with Gilbert & Sullivan Society, tried out dancing for the first time with the Ballroom and Latin Dance Society, and volunteered as a Rainbow leader and connected with other Guiding/Scouting leaders through Birmingham University Scouts and Guides society. There is something for everyone – you only need to look!”

Find out more about the MA Translation Studies over on our course pages.