Amanda is studying MA Translation Studies in the School of Modern Languages and is also one of Cardiff University’s Postgraduate Taught Scholars for 2014/15. She explains how the range of guest speakers and contact time have allowed her to develop as an independent researcher.
Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?
The MA in Translation Studies has an excellent balance of translation theory and practice. It also offers a wide range of optional modules and the opportunity to complete a training placement module in the spring term, which I am very much looking forward to. The lecturers have expert knowledge of their subject fields and are more than willing to give up their time to answer your questions or give you feedback on your independent work. The School of Modern Languages has also organised several guest speakers this term, including Professor Theo Hermans, a distinguished translation studies scholar.
What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?
Being awarded this scholarship has allowed me to follow the career path I wish to pursue, allowing me to focus on my studies without worrying about how I will finance them.
Have you been able to secure funding from other places, how else are you supporting your studies?
I worked for 8 months prior to starting here at Cardiff to save money to support myself whilst I complete my degree.
What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?
I have always been passionate about the study of language and translation. I was looking to pursue a career as a translator, and I felt the best way to do this would be to complete a masters qualification to improve my translation skills and to make myself more employable in my chosen field.
Why did you decide to do your postgraduate degree at Cardiff?
When searching for a course in MA Translation, the course on offer at Cardiff University stood out to me due to the balance of theory and practice, and the wide range of specialised translation modules available, including Politics and Law, Medical and Pharmaceutical, and Business and Administration. The training placement module also really appealed to me, something which many other UK Universities did not seem to offer.
What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?
Cardiff has everything you need, from study areas, to nightlife and sports facilities. It is large enough to create the lively atmosphere of a bustling city, but compact enough that travelling from one side of the city to the other is quick, easy and inexpensive. There is also an excellent choice of rented accommodation here compared to other parts of the UK that I have lived in.
Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations so far?
My experience so far has exceeded my expectations. As well as allowing me to develop my independent study skills, there is also a generous amount of contact time, consisting of both lectures and seminars, which really gives you the chance to engage with the subject and discuss your ideas and viewpoints with your tutors and fellow classmates. I was also really pleased to discover that the school organises events such as guest speakers, which really provides an excellent insight into the views of scholars on various topical issues concerning translation studies.