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Postgraduate Career Options and Employability

Further study

Further study is a popular option for our MA graduates. Destinations include PhD studies at Durham and other prestigious universities, teaching qualifications and management studies.

I came to Durham University to complete my postgraduate studies in Arabic/English translation and interpreting. Having done my BA in translation, I already planned to complete my postgraduate studies in the same field. I consulted some professors and they advised me to go with Durham with no hesitation for its very good quality in teaching plus the excellent reputation. The MA in translation was very interesting and challenging at the same time.

Yazid Al-Ismail
MA in Arabic/English Translation & Interpreting

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Careers Centre staff deliver presentations and workshops to each year group on topics relevant to that stage of their academic career. Many master's students attend our annual 'Making the Most of your Masters' conference where they develop an awareness of the crucial employability skills in employer led sessions. PhD students also have access to a specialist Careers Consultant who can help them with any career related issues.


Career opportunities

Our masters programmes give graduates an excellent chance of success in the competitive graduate labour market. Recent destinations have included:

  • Junior Translation Project Manager (Durham Translators)
  • Systems Analyst (Fairbanks Limited)
  • Multi-Lingual Translation Checker (RWS)
  • International Translator (SDL)
  • Games Localisation Tester (Testronics labs)
  • Gallery Curator (Impressions)

The opportunities open to those completing a PhD are wide and varied. Some remain within the Higher Education sector, either pursuing an academic career or in university administration, while others will use their specialist knowledge or generic skills gained from the PhD to have successful careers in other fields.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • France Subtitler (Red Bee Media)
  • Lecturer (Durham University)