Master’s in Translation Management – job-integrating studies

Translation technology and project management for your successful career

Modern digital forms of communication are new challenges for the translation profession. For translators, this means they have to acquire new tools in the form of modern translation technologies and skills in the areas of project management and quality management.

The three-semester Master’s degree programme in Translation Management offers you the ideal introduction to the future-oriented technologies of the translation industry in combination with professional experience during your studies. You will learn how to optimise the translation process with the help of translation technologies. In particular, you will learn about the areas of machine-assisted and machine translation, pre-editing and post-editing, and terminology management. You will be able to evaluate and use modern technologies and learn how to use these tools in a sensible way. We place a special focus on modern project management methods and concepts for designing the digital workplace for translators, which are of increasing importance for working in the corporate environment.

Due to the job-integrating model of the degree programme, you put the skills and theories acquired at the University directly to good use in your work. Therefore, we recommend you take up employment (part-time) with one of the professional partners participating in the programme or a job as a working student or freelance translator for the entire duration of your studies.

Benefits for you

  • Future-oriented – language technology and project management skills as success factors for your career

  • Cooperative – dual studies with your professional partner or job as a working student as well as lecturers and professors with professional experience

  • Flexible – online teaching combined with three weeks of face-to-face teaching per semester

  • Individual – academic and on-the-job issues in coordination with the professional partner

  • Digital – cooperation in form of virtual interdisciplinary teams

  • Innovative – leading-edge research topics

  • Personal – close professional relationship with professors and lecturers

Master of Arts (MA)
3 semesters
practice oriented
90 CP (ECTS)
International campus

Our professional partners

Would you like to become a professional partner?

Do you represent an international company and would like to upgrade your employees’ qualifications by participating in the programme? Find out more about cooperation opportunities on our professional partners page!

Or directly contact Programme Director Prof. Rachel Herwartz: Rachel.Herwartz@sdi-muenchen.de

Already on board

Neural machine translation and digitalisation are changing the translation profession of tomorrow. The job-integrating Master's degree programme in Translation Management improves your skills in the areas of translation technology, quality assurance and project responsibility in virtual and international teams. Due to the close connection between theory and practice, you will acquire skills that you can incorporate into existing company structures. Like this, you will establish yourself in the company as a multilingual project manager and language technology specialist with comprehensive knowledge of the market. We will be by your side with innovative project topics and together, we will think outside the box, beyond the separate departments.

Prof. Rachel Herwartz, Programme Director

Study programme

Key facts at a glance

Academic degree

Master of Arts (MA)

European Credit Transfer System

90 Credit Points

Start date

Winter semester (October)

Duration

3 semesters full-time on three days a week

Recognition

State-recognised and accredited

Languages

German and English

This degree programme is right for you ...

  • if you have already completed a Bachelor's degree programme in the fields of language/translation/business administration or in another subject area and are looking for a cooperative way to upgrade your qualifications.
  • if you already work in the field of language services and want to acquire modern skills in the field.
  • if you are looking for a Master's degree programme that is compatible with your work due to a small number of face-to-face lectures.

Career prospects

Perfect conditions for starting your professional career

All lecturers and professors lecturers have considerable professional experience and know what you need in terms of skills, tools and knowledge. The degree programme prepares you perfectly for working in (project) management. The degree programme is accredited for the higher grade of civil servants in Germany.

If you complete your studies and do particularly well, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation. In this case, the partnerships and projects of the International University SDI München can also be of use.

Due to the close connection between theory and practice, you will acquire numerous skills that you will learn to incorporate into existing company structures. Like this, you will establish yourself in your company as a multilingual project manager with comprehensive tool competence and as an important human resource. Upon completion of the programme, you will be a qualified expert for companies working with languages and information.

You will be able to work both as a freelancer and as a permanent employee.

Career prospects

  • Translation management in companies, authorities and service providers

  • Project management in agile, virtual and international teams

  • Interface management

  • Terminology management

  • Pre-editing and post-editing

  • Language technology consulting

  • (Online) editing

FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers

All you need for your application is a certificate or other proof that you have completed a Bachelor’s degree programme or are about to complete one. The subject area of your Bachelor’s degree programme does not matter, as the Master’s degree programme in Translation Management is non-consecutive in terms of content.

Generally, the following language skills are required for this degree programme:

  • German or English: C1 competence level (CEFR)
  • English or German: B2 competence level (CEFR)

Our Student Advisory Service is happy to advise you on your application.

The Master’s degree programme in Translation Management combines knowledge transfer from very different fields, including business administration with a focus on project management, translation, linguistics, communication, interculturalism and much more. Experience in translation management is beneficial but not a prerequisite.

If you are generally interested in these fields and would like to work or already work in these job fields, this degree programme could be the one for you!

We cooperate with various companies to which you can apply. You will remain our contractual partner for the degree programme. At the same time, you will enter into a contract with your professional partner, who pays you a salary or who may reimburse you for (part of) the tuition fees.

You can also apply to companies and organisations in your area as a dual student and refer them to our professional partners page. Perhaps you already have an idea of which employer you would like to work for and can get in touch with them about the degree programme.

Some professional partners place job advertisements themselves. If this is not the case, we will be happy to put you in touch with the contact person at the respective professional partner. Please contact the Programme Director Prof. Rachel Herwartz: Rachel.Herwartz@sdi-muenchen.de

In the case of the Bundessprachenamt (Federal Office of Languages), you need to apply for an advertised position on their job advertisement page first. Make sure to mention in your application that you are interested in the Master’s degree programme in Translation Management – dual studies.

No, you can also complete the degree programme without a professional partner or combine it with employment as a working student, e.g. at a company that offers language services.

Studying with a professional partner means that you will be employed at the company as a translator or project manager in part- or full-time employment and that the topics of the seminar, project and Master's theses will be closely coordinated with your professional partner and will be of great benefit to the company.

In combination with a working student job, you pay the reduced tuition fee yourdelf and also employed at a company as a working student for a maximum of 20 hours per week, and a maximum of 40 hours per week during the semester break. The seminar, project and Master's theses therefore do not cover company-specific issues, as this is reserved for the professional partner, who pay the students' tuition fees. However, your company is welcome to become a professional partner with us during the course of your studies.

Do you represent an international company and would like to upgrade your employees’ qualifications by participating in the programme? Find out more about cooperation opportunities on our professional partners page!

Or directly contact Programme Director Prof. Rachel Herwartz: Rachel.Herwartz@sdi-muenchen.de

In addition to a PC/laptop, you will need a stable internet connection, headphones and a microphone (preferably a headset) and an up-to-date operating system. For ideal learning success, we do not recommend using only a (smart)phone.

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Enrol now until 31.08. for the winter semester 2022/23 and start your Bachelor's or Master's degree programme in October.

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