Technical Translation

Technical Translation

RTU is the main centre of teaching and research in the field of engineering science in Latvia, and the RTU Institute of Applied Linguistics has appropriate technical and methodological base, and experienced teaching staff for training technical translators with both office and research work skills. The teaching-staff of the RTU Institute of Applied Linguistics have accumulated significant experience in teaching scientific and technical language, and relevant terminology, as well as in improvement of technical text translation methodology.
The Professional Master Study Programme ?Technical Translation? provides training of technical translators in such fields as mechanical engineering, logistics, power engineering, material science, information technologies, telecommunications, civil engineering, architecture and town planning, engineering economics and others. The
Professional Master Study Programme consolidates and expands students‘ experience, knowledge and skills in field-specific technical translation acquired within the framework of the Professional Bachelor Study programme.
The concept of the study programme differs from similar translation study programmes in the Humanities. It has an additional emphasis on applied linguistics and covers activities which concern specific practical applications. Graduates of the study programme should not only develop competence in dealing with the constantly growing volume of terminology, but also develop subject knowledge in the respective fields. Not only linguists, but also specialists in corresponding fields of technology as well as law, participate in the implementation of the study programme.

Short about programme
Faculty of Computer Science, Information Technology and Energy
Programme type and level
Professional Master (Second Cycle) Studies
Study field
Study form
Full-time studies

Awarded degree and qualification
Professional Master Degree in Technical Translation
Required previous education
Professional Bachelor Degree in Technical Translation or equivalent Bachelor Degree in technical translation or 2nd level Higher Professional Education in Technical Translation
Price per year
€ 3 290 - EU countries
€ 3 290 - Non EU countries
Credit point/ECTS amount
Duration of studies
Full-time studies - 1.5 years
Autumn / Spring

*To educate highly professional translators whose knowledge and skills would meet the contemporary demands and who would be able to work in state and municipal institutions of Latvia and after acquiring additional qualification in the institutions of the European Union, as well as in private enterprises in Latvia and abroad;
*To implement an open and flexible study process which would provide integration of the latest information technologies and advanced mastering of the theoretical basis of the chosen scientific-technical field;
*To expand and develop students‘ creative and research skills for independent work in the field of translatology;
*To ensure the level of education that would give students an opportunity to continue their studies at the Doctoral study programmes;
*To develop students‘ independence, initiative, as well as an ability to adapt to the constantly changing environment.


*To give students the necessary theoretical knowledge as well as the practical skills required in order to perform high-level translating and interpreting;
*To provide comprehensive knowledge on transaltology, developing professional skills and competences in accordance with the labour market requirements;
* To develop students‘ logical and cognitive skills, enhance their creative abilities that might promote students‘ further professional growth;
* To develop students‘ critical thinking and analytical skills;
* To improve and develop precision of expression in oral and written English scientific discourse;
* To develop students‘ communication skills in multicultural environment;
* To perfect learning strategies and skills of independent work;
* To update the technical and methodological base, to change the content of the programme and teaching methods in due time;
* To promote cooperation among academic staff and students in conducting scientific research and practical application of the results in accordance with international standards and tendencies in the field of technical translation.


The value of the Professional Master Study Programme ,,Technical Translation,, is determined by a great demand for specialists of this profile on the labour market of Latvia. Translators are needed in translation bureaus, enterprises (joint ventures in particular), foreign projects in Latvia, state and municipal establishments and other institutions where knowledge of foreign languages, as well as basics of engineering, creative approach to work, presentation and translation skills are necessary. All the above mentioned skills are integrated within the framework of the presented programme. The Professional Master Study Programme ,,Technical Translation,, ensures teaching ESP on the advanced level, development of research skills, synthesis and integration of skills and competences of a translator according to the requirements of the European Union institutions and labour market.


Having completed Professional Master Studies, one can continue the education at the Doctoral programmes.

Specific conditions

To start Professional Master Studies in the programme ,,Technical Translation,, the applicant needs to have a Bachelor Degree in technical translation or the equivalent diploma in translation or English Philology, or the second level higher professional education in technical translation.
The students with Academic Bachelor degree should acquire additional 26 CP of fieldwork/internship.