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Introducing PGT Scholar Sam

Sam - MA Translation Studies

PG Scholar Sam, MA Translation Studies

Sam received a Postgraduate Taught Scholarship to study an MA in Translation Studies at our School of Modern Languages (formerly School of European Languages, Translation and Politics).

Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?

“The programme brings together theory and practice of translation. The theoretical side of the module has given me insight into areas as diverse as psychoanalysis and post-colonialism which offer great potential for further research, while also teaching me different translation strategies. I have benefited from guest lectures given by professional translators (both freelance and in-house) and project managers, as well as training in Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) software. Lecturers are very knowledgeable and helpful. There is a very wide range of nationalities enrolled on the course, each bringing a valuable perspective to discussions.”

What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?

“The PGT scholarship has helped me significantly to fund my studies, allowing me to concentrate fully without too many financial worries.”

In addition, Sam’s been successful in securing regular part-time employment through Cardiff University’s Students’ Union Unistaff Jobshop, working a few hours a week within the Cardiff University’s Web Team where he is involved in the Web Transformation project, which aims to improve all aspects of our web presence.

What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?

“Translation was a part of my undergraduate degree but with a rather practical approach. I felt it necessary to explore the theory behind translation, gain valuable insight into the profession and hone my working languages within specialised fields, such as law and business, in order to become a professional translator.”

Why did you decide to do your postgraduate degree at Cardiff?

“Having studied in Cardiff for my undergraduate degree, I was happy to return for postgraduate study, confident in the excellence of teaching and facilities. The city is vibrant and fun with plenty to do, however it isn’t overwhelmingly big; you get all the advantages of a capital city but most places of interest are in walking distance which is a huge plus for me.”

Is there anything about your postgraduate course that has stood out in your experience?

“The smaller student body at postgraduate level means you can get much more involved in class discussion and lecturers are available to provide one-on-one help whenever it is required.”

What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?

“The city centre provides for all tastes and there is always something going on. Its proximity to Cathays and Roath mean I don’t have to worry about public transport costs. The city’s beautiful parks are great to relax or get fit in the drier months. There are also excellent sports facilities which are easy to hire with a group.”

How do you think your postgraduate course will contribute to your future career plans?

“The training in translation software is definitely a skill that will help me in my career. The placement at a translation company will provide me with valuable professional translation experience. Guest speakers have imparted lots of useful advice about the translation industry as well as CV and cover letter writing, which will prove useful when applying for jobs.”

Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations?

“Overall, I am pleased with my experience so far as a Cardiff University postgraduate student. Studying at the University at undergraduate level meant I was already fairly sure of what to expect. Suffice it to say, there have been no unpleasant surprises. The course material has proved to be engaging and a natural progression from my bachelor’s degree.”

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