This MSc is designed to provide first-class training in specialised translation with interpreting. The programme offers you the opportunity to develop your translation, interpreting and language skills, to deepen your understanding of the workings of language as an essential tool of communication and to gain vital experience in the rapidly developing area of translation technology.
By focusing on specialised translation and liaison, public service and consecutive interpreting, you'll be equipped with the skills needed for professional work in the translation and interpreting industry and for research in translation studies. You'll practise translation in specific language pairs and will become conversant with computer-based translation technology which has been transforming the way in which professional translators and interpreters work.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
Students must take either The Historical and Social Context of Interpreting OR The Interaction and Language Management of Interpreting as a core module. Students may choose to take the other module as one of their optional modules, subject to availability.
Part-time students take set core modules in year one and year two.
Students choose two optional modules from the list below:
Part-time students take optional modules in year two.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000-words consisting of either an annotated translation or of a critical discussion of a theoretical aspect of translation or interpreting.
Teaching and learning
The degree programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive practical seminars, practical translation/interpreting assignments and hands-on experience with a wide range of translation/interpreting tools and technology. Assessment is carried out through essays, project work, take-home translation/interpreting assessments and in-class tests.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Specialised Translation (with Interpreting) MSc
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Most students find challenging and rewarding work within the translation and interpreting industry on completion of the degree. Some are working as in-house and freelance translators and interpreters, while others are active as project managers and translation tools experts in organisations such as Xerox, Amazon, SDL International, Expedia, Hogarth, SDI-Media, ITR, TransPerfect and Deluxe to name but a few. In addition, the MSc is designed to serve as a basis for a Translation Studies PhD.
Translation and interpreting form part of a dynamic and rapidly developing profession, which calls for linguistically talented people with a clear understanding of the issues involved in cross-cultural transcoding, and who are able to utilise the latest computer-based tools.
On completion of this MSc, you will be well placed for a fast-track progression in your chosen career. We aim to make you highly attractive to employers within the translation/interpreting industry and the world of communications, and to international institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union. In addition, the skills acquired through taking this MSc will be highly relevant if your long-term aim is to establish yourself as a freelance translator.
Located in the heart of London, UCL is excellently placed to offer opportunities for networking and to establish professional contacts. At UCL we prepare you for the professional world by performing different roles within the translation workflow and by translating texts of a specialised nature and by practising liaison, public service and consecutive interpreting.
We organise a wide range of activities which offer you a unique opportunity for informal contact with professional translators and interpreters, translation agencies and leading academics. We also work closely with industry partners to ensure that the programme possesses the maximum professional relevance.
You will enjoy working with a team of renowned academics and professional translators and interpreters, which has gained an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.
Equip yourself to work as a proficient Chinese-English translator and business interpreter on this master's course.
Our MA Translation with Business Interpreting (Chinese) is a highly competitive, sought-after master's, ideal for those with an interest and aptitude for translation or business interpreting.
You may be working already as a translator and interpreter in mainland China, Taiwan, the UK or elsewhere, or looking to establish yourself with the specialist skills needed to excel in this profession.
The focus of the course is on written translation from English to Chinese and Chinese to English, as well as business interpreting between English and Chinese. In particular, you'll develop translation and interpreting skills suited to working in business and tailored to market needs in mainland China, Taiwan, the UK and other regions.
The course is highly practical so you'll have plenty of opportunities to hone and develop your skills. You will:
The teaching at Bath is highly regarded internationally. You will be taught exclusively by experienced tutors who have worked as professional translators and/or interpreters; many have interpreted for heads of state and government ministers and work for global organisations such as the EU and UN. As such, they can share a wealth of experience with you and provide useful connections to help with potential job opportunities and internships.
We also regularly arrange visits from representatives of the language services of international organisations, government departments and commercial enterprises, to give you insights into their working practices.
Studying on this course will give you the in-depth training needed to work as a Chinese-English translator and interpreter in a variety of contexts, with a strong focus on translation and interpreting for business.
You may go on to work as a freelance translator and interpreter and potentially set up your own translation and interpreting business. You could also work as an in-house interpreter or translator, teach at a university or take your skills into other fields.
We also have an extremely active alumni network and tight-knit community that shares career advice. This enables us to help with short-term interpreting and translation opportunities supported by recent graduates.
This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
You may be able to go on a placement in Semester 2. Several of our students have completed three-week to two-month-long translation internships at the UN in London, New York and Geneva. Placements are not guaranteed.