University of Birmingham and Aston University to be awarded for their translation degrees

Translation booth

“Translation booth” by Foreign and Commonwealth Office, used under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original

The University of Birmingham and Aston University are to receive the European Master’s in Translation (EMT) Label for their postgraduate translation programmes. The EMT Label recognises outstanding quality and professionalism in teaching, curriculum and organisation of master’s degree courses for translators.

Set up in 2009 as a joint project between the European Commission and higher education institutions which offer translation courses on a Master’s level, the EMT Label was created to counteract the shortage of well qualified translators on the job market. It promotes not only the improvement of translation degrees and their need to respond to market needs, but also the creation and development of links between universities as well as between universities and the language industry.

This year’s EMT Label is awarded to programmes of 62 universities from 21 Member States and 2 programmes by Swiss institutions (which received observer status). They had been selected from 114 applications after a critical assessment by academic experts.

The EMT label is planned to be awarded every five years and the next selection round is going to take place in 2019.

For the European Commission’s press release, please visit
For more information on EMT, please visit