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The Translating and Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You will acquire high-quality translating and interpreting skills, so you may enter the translating or interpreting profession in fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism. Read more
The Translating and Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You will acquire high-quality translating and interpreting skills, so you may enter the translating or interpreting profession in fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism.

This course uses English and Chinese as working languages.

This course has two stages lasting one year each. You can either:
-Join the course at Stage 1 and follow the two-year course
-Or join at Stage 2 and follow the one-year course. This depends on your previous qualifications and experience.

If you join at Stage 1, you take compulsory modules that typically include:
-Translating
-Simultaneous interpreting
-Consecutive interpreting
-Sight translation exercise
-Information technology for translators and interpreters
-Translation studies

This is followed by another year of specialised study in Stage 2. If you meet the entry requirements, you can start the course at Stage 2.

In Stage 2 you can follow one of four pathways:
-Interpreting
-Translating and Interpreting (this pathway)
-Translating
-Translation Studies

In Stage 2 you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also complete either a dissertation or a translating/interpreting project.

Depending on different focuses, you take further optional modules that cover:
-A sight translation exercise
-Bi-lateral interpreting
-English-Chinese subtitle translation
-Literary translation.

Assessment

Assessment is by:
-Written examination (translation modules)
-Practical assessments
-Class/seminar presentations
-Essays or assignments
-Other submitted work (including a dissertation or project)

Placements

We organise study visits and/or internship work placements for our translating and interpreting students.

There are study visits to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the Directorate General for Interpreting of the European Commission in Brussels.

We also help our students to participate in conferences as interpreters, or take up translation assignments, when opportunities arise.

Facilities

Our facilities include:
-Three dedicated interpreting suites
-Professional translation software
-The Language Resource Centre, equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank
-A postgraduate common room

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In today's globalised world, translating and interpreting has an ever-growing role. Our main research purpose is to find out more about how it works - from professional, language and cultural perspectives. Read more
In today's globalised world, translating and interpreting has an ever-growing role. Our main research purpose is to find out more about how it works - from professional, language and cultural perspectives. We invite research proposals in fields such as linguistics and literature, culture, identity and professional studies, psychology and philosophy.

We offer expert supervision in the areas of:
-Interpreting (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
-Psycholinguistics of interpreting and translating (Dr M Jin)
-Translating literature (Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
-Translation and culture (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
-Translation and ethics, ideology, and power (Prof R. Howard, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
-Translation products, processes and strategies (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
-Translator and interpreter training and assessment (Dr Y Chen, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
-Reflective/autonomous learning and educational psychology (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Wu)
-Audiovisual translation studies (Dr Y Chen)

We can offer support for projects involving English plus the following languages:
-Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian
-Catalan
-Chinese
-Dutch
-French
-German
-Hungarian
-Quechua
-Spanish

Facilities

Our facilities include:
-A postgraduate common room
-Three dedicated interpreting suites
-Professional translation software
-The Language Resource Centre, equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank

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Qualifications and durations. - Full-time MA 1 year (includes 3 months to submit dissertation). Languages offered. - Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Read more
Qualifications and durations
- Full-time MA 1 year (includes 3 months to submit dissertation)

Languages offered:
- Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish

Pathways

Students may follow one of two possible paths:

- Path 1: allows students with English as their ‘A’ language to offer two other languages - from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish - working only into English.

- Path 2: allows students to work in both directions between Chinese/English or Russian/English.

Overview

This programme is designed to prepare linguists for careers as professional interpreters and/or translators. It has done this most successfully over more than four decades, and graduates are to be found working in language services throughout the world.

All students follow a core programme involving professional translation and simultaneous, consecutive and public and commercial service interpreting or liaison/public service interpreting. A number of options are available in the second semester to allow students to further focus on their translation or interpreting skills.

The MA is awarded for a 15,000-word dissertation/project submitted after successful completion of the taught programme.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-in-inte-and-tran/

Why study with us?

- Team of highly experienced professional staff
- State of the art digital interpreting suites provide excellent teaching and practice space.
- Small class sizes provide high levels of student and teacher contact.
- Work placements in interpreting and translating are often an option during the programme and provide invaluable practical experience.
- Motivated and multi-national student cohort offers a diverse and stimulating learning environment.
- Students are exposed to realistic training from experienced translation and interpreting trainers which prepares them for work after graduation.
- The University and city of Bath offer ample exposure for non-native students to the English language and culture of the UK.
- A number of funding opportunities are available and students with EU languages are eligible to apply for EU bursaries.

Programme structure

European Stream (French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish):

- Consecutive interpreting (all year core unit)
- Simultaneous interpreting (all year core unit)
- Public speaking (Semester 1 option)
- Professional translation I (Semester 1 core unit)
- Professional translation II (Semester 2 core unit)
- Public service interpreting (Semester 2 option)
- Using technology in the T & I Industry (Semester 2 option)
- Dissertation: 15,000 word thesis: annotated translation or a project type

Chinese Stream

- Consecutive interpreting (all year core unit)
- Simultaneous interpreting (all year core unit)
- Liaison/Public service interpreting (all year core unit)
- Public speaking (Semester 1 option)
- Professional translation I (Semester 1 core unit)
- Professional translation II (Semester 2 option)
- Using technology in the T & I Industry (Semester 2 option)
- Dissertation: 15,000 word thesis: annotated translation or a project type

View programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/pl/pl-proglist-pg.html#G) for further information.

Through our extensive network of contacts, we aim to organise placements for all students with the language services of international organisations, government departments or translation companies.

These placements provide an invaluable insight into the work of professional linguists and are valued highly by employers. They are not however compulsory and are not always guaranteed.

Our students have previously undertaken placements/internships in:
- United Nations (New York, Geneva, and Vienna)
- European Commission and European Parliament
- Council of Europe

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures and intensive translation and interpreting. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes involve closer interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for intensive training in the Translating & Interpreting discipline with plenty of time for informative discussion.

We also use the software MemoQ for the delivery of the unit, Using Technology in the Translation & Interpreting Industry; this is one of the leading tools in the industry.

Careers

The MA Interpreting & Translating is a highly vocational programme with a worldwide reputation for training professional translators and conference interpreters.

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. While some have found rewarding jobs in smaller companies and institutions, or chosen to remain as a freelancer, many have gone on to pursue stimulating careers as professional translators and interpreters with major international organisations.

Graduates have worked for the following organisations:

- Institutional markets:

United Nations (Geneva, Vienna and New York)
European Commission (Brussels and Luxembourg)
European Parliament (Brussels and Luxembourg)
Council of Europe (Strasbourg)
International Court of Justice (The Hague)
NATO (Brussels)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London)
European Bank (Frankfurt)
BBC World Service (London)

- Private markets:

Microsoft
Talk Finance
Sophos
Prudential
Power Network
Gazprom

Some of our graduates have shared their experiences on our alumni blog (http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/on-parade/category/ma-interpreting-translating/).

About the department

The Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS) is one of the largest departments in the University.

Many staff are leading scholars in their field and are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.

International and industrial links:

- Our department has links with 22 Erasmus partner institutions, as well as universities in Russia and Mexico.
- Research students regularly engage in fieldwork abroad, especially in the countries of the European Union, but also in Russia, Latin America and the United States.
- Students on the Euromasters programme study at two or three different sites in either Europe or the USA.
- In the case of the MA Interpreting & Translating and the MA Translation & Professional Language Skills, a number of work placements in Western Europe are made available to students in the language services of international organisations, government departments and commercial enterprises.

Our research

Experts from our department are publishing regularly in the most highly ranked international journals.

Our academic expertise and research activities are organised into three broad Research Clusters:

- Conflict, Security & International Order
- Governance, Citizenship & Policy
- Memory, History & Identity

International collaboration:
Many staff are internationally leading scholars in their field. We are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.

Projects are funded by a variety of bodies such as:

- Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC)
- European Commission Framework Programme
- Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Stimulating cutting edge research:
Our diversity and the disciplinary mix of political science, political theory, policy analysis, social anthropology, political sociology and others make for a very stimulating environment for students to develop their own research projects.

The integration of our research community is further enhanced through the International Relations & European Politics (IREP) postgraduate group.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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The Modern Languages MPhil is a research-based programme. You can specialise in topics in the languages of. Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies. Read more
The Modern Languages MPhil is a research-based programme. You can specialise in topics in the languages of: Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies. Specialism is also possible in translating and interpreting.

The Modern Languages MPhil is offered through the School of Modern Languages. We offer expert supervision in the following areas:

Chinese

-Chinese translating and interpreting
-Chinese numerology, number and gender in nursery rhymes (Dr V Pellatt)
-Cross-cultural studies between China and the West
-Chinese modernity studies
-Modern Chinese literature and culture
-Chinese-English translation
-Global Chinese diaspora studies
-Chinese-American studies
-Cultural theory (Prof J Qian)
-Contemporary society, especially identity, ethnicity and religion
-Minority nationalities (eg Xinjiang or Uyghur studies)
-Chinese state or popular nationalism and national identity
-Islam in China
-Performing arts, music cultures and popular culture in mainland China (Dr J Smith Finley)
-Transnational Chinese cinema
-Stardom
-Independent documentary filmmaking
-Gender and sexuality in Chinese media (Dr S Yu)

French

-Contemporary women's writing (Dr Robson, Dr El-Maïzi)
-19th century literature and culture (Prof Harkness, Prof Cross)
-Dialectology (Dr Hall)
-French and Algerian cinema (Prof Austin, Dr Leahy)
-History, politics and gender (Prof Cross, Prof Harkness)
-Language change (Dr Hall, Dr Waltereit)
-Popular culture (media, sport, music) and public policy (Dr Dauncey)
-Postcolonial cultures (Prof Austin, Dr El-Maïzi)
-Trauma and culture (Prof Austin, Dr Robson)

German

-20th century German and contemporary literature (Dr T Ludden, Dr B Müller)
-GDR literature and censorship (Dr B Müller)
-Representations of the Holocaust and/or World War II (Dr B Müller)
-Literature and philosophy - cultural and critical theory (Dr T Ludden)
-Women's writing (Dr T Ludden)
-Medieval German and comparative literature (Dr E Andersen)
-Morphological theory - morphology, phonology and dialectology of German and Dutch (Dr C Fehringer)

Japanese

-Gender studies (Dr G Hansen)
-Popular culture, film and media studies (Dr G Hansen, Dr S Yoshioka)
-Political studies (Dr G Hansen, Dr S Yoshioka)
-Literary studies (Dr G Hansen)

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies

-Anthropology, anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics of Latin America, including Quechua language (Prof Howard)
-Semantics, philosophy of language, history and spread of Spanish in Latin America, Latin American dialects and Creole (Prof Mackenzie)
-Political, social and intellectual history of Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Brazil and Southern Cone (Prof Hentschke)
-History of education in Latin America in 19th and 20th century Latin America (Prof Hentschke, Dr Oliart, Prof Howard)
-Discourses of race and identity in Latin America (Prof Howard, Dr Oliart, Dr Morgan)
-Latin American film, literature and theatre (Dr Page)
-Spanish and Latin American cultural history and popular culture (Dr Catala Carracso, Dr Morgan, Dr Oliart, Dr Fernández)
-Catalan nationalism (Dr Catala-Carrasco)
-Spanish novel (Dr Catala Carrasco)

Translating and Interpreting

We can offer supervision for projects involving English plus Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Quechua, Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

Our research specialisms are:
-Interpreting (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
-Psycholinguistics of interpreting and translating (Dr M Jin)
-Translating literature (Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
-Translation and culture (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
-Translation and ethics, ideology and power (Prof R. Howard, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
-Translation products, processes and strategies (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
-Translator and interpreter training and assessment (Dr Y Chen, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
-Reflective/autonomous learning and educational psychology (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Wu)
-Audiovisual translation studies (Dr Y Chen)

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This MSc is designed to provide first-class training in specialised translation with interpreting. Read more

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.

About this degree

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).

Core modules

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.

  • Language & Translation
  • Translation Technologies 1
  • General Interpreting
  • Scientific & Technical Translation
  • Liaison & Consecutive Interpreting
  • The Historical and Social Context of Interpreting OR
  • The Interaction and Language Management of Interpreting

Part-time students take set core modules in year one and year two.

Optional modules

Students choose two optional modules from the list below:

  • The Historical & Social Context of Interpreting (if not already included in core credits)
  • Localisation
  • Medical Translation
  • Subtitling
  • Language & Automation
  • Professional Skills for Translators
  • Translating for Voiceover & Dubbing
  • Crisis Translation
  • Translation Technologies 2
  • The Interaction & Language Management of Interpreting (if not already included in core credits)
  • Corpora for Translation
  • Audio Description for the Blind & the Partially Sighted

Part-time students take optional modules in year two.

Dissertation/report

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

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.



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The Translation and Interpreting MA is open to native and non-native speakers of English, who combine English with any of the following languages. Read more
The Translation and Interpreting MA is open to native and non-native speakers of English, who combine English with any of the following languages: Chinese, French, Italian, Polish or Spanish. The course will provide you with professional training aimed at the translation and interpreting markets, building on your existing language skills to develop a career in those sectors.

The course involves translation as well as conference and public service interpreting between one main language (Chinese, French, Italian, Polish or Spanish) and English. You will learn how to research specialised subjects for professional translation and interpreting purposes and hone your translation and interpreting skills by extensive practice, applying insights drawn from the study of linguistics and translation and interpreting theory as well as from professional practice. You will complete a Translation or Interpreting Project or a Research Thesis. You will also be able to choose from a range of option modules that will, for example, give you an introduction to audiovisual translation, intercultural communication, or sociolinguistics, or enable you to acquire a working knowledge of another language for translation purposes.

You will be able to benefit from our wide range of resources, including an extensive collection of volumes and electronic materials in our library, a state-of-the-art language lab and extensive interpreting facilities, and additional resources made available through the University's Virtual Learning Environment. Our teaching staff includes full and part-time lecturers, all with expertise in translation and interpreting and in other specialist fields. You will be allocated a personal tutor and be given academic guidance by the course team.

Course content

The course emphasis is on practical training in translation and interpreting, developing your skills to a high level and learning about the professional environments. If you are a native speaker of English, your translation modules will involve both institutional and technical translation from French, Italian, Polish or Spanish into English. If you are native speaker of Chinese, French, Italian, Polish or Spanish, your translation modules will cover institutional translation from and into your native language (commonly referred to as your 'first' or 'main' language). You will also study conference and public service interpreting, and learn new relevant skills through the option modules. You will also complete a research-based MA Thesis or an MA Translation or Interpreting Project. Your studies are further supported by regular student-led interpreting practice sessions and mock conferences, blended learning provision on developing your professionalism, weekly lectures on the theoretical concepts and principles of translation and interpreting, introductory workshops to a range of translation memory tools, and guest lectures and workshops delivered by external speakers from industry and international institutions.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-CONFERENCE INTERPRETING
-PUBLIC SERVICE INTERPRETING
-MAIN LANGUAGE INSTITUTIONAL TRANSLATION (INTO YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE)
-MAIN LANGUAGE TECHNICAL TRANSLATION (NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH ONLY)
-SECOND LANGUAGE INSTITUTIONAL TRANSLATION (NATIVE SPEAKERS OF CHINESE, FRENCH, ITALIAN, POLISH OR SPANISH ONLY)
-MA INTERPRETING PROJECT OR MA TRANSLATION PROJECT OR MA THESIS

Option modules
-ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS FOR INTERPRETERS (NATIVE SPEAKERS OF CHINESE, FRENCH, ITALIAN, POLISH OR SPANISH ONLY)
-COMPUTER-ASSISTED TRANSLATION (CAT)
-EDITING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE
-INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
-INTRODUCTION TO AUDIOVISUAL TRANSLATION
-MAIN LANGUAGE TECHNICAL TRANSLATION (NATIVE SPEAKERS OF FRENCH, ITALIAN, POLISH OR SPANISH ONLY)
-SECOND LANGUAGE TECHNICAL TRANSLATION (NATIVE SPEAKERS OF FRENCH, ITALIAN, POLISH OR SPANISH ONLY)
-SOCIOLINGUISTICS
-SUBSIDIARY LANGUAGE (LANGUAGES SUBJECT TO ANNUAL CONFIRMATION)
-TRANSLATING CULTURES
-UNITED NATIONS AND EUROPEAN UNION FOR LINGUISTS
-ANALYSING SPOKEN AND WRITTEN DISCOURSE

[Associated careers

Graduates of the course go on to develop careers as freelance and in-house translators in the corporate sector and in national and international organisations, or as freelance interpreters, editors and revisers, subtitlers, terminologists, translation project managers, and specialists in translation tools.

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The School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University has offered postgraduate programmes in interpreting and translating since 1994 in order to meet the growing need for professionally trained interpreters and translators. Read more
The School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University has offered postgraduate programmes in interpreting and translating since 1994 in order to meet the growing need for professionally trained interpreters and translators. The programme is designed to provide Arabic students with a platform for working as an interpreter and/or translator in a variety of professional contexts.

Our Arabic-English Interpreting and Translating programme is available as one-year or a two- year programme.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

Students work in both directions between Arabic and English covering core subjects that include:

Applied Professional Skills for Conference Interpreters
Conference Interpreting (Arabic-English)
Translation Practice (Arabic-English)
Translation and Interpreting Studies

Optional subjects include Business Communication, Translation Technologies, Liaison Interpreting for Business, Localisation & Technical Writing.

FACILITIES

Students benefit from excellent facilities for interpreting and translating, including state-of-the-art interpreting and language laboratories, digital resources for interpreting, and a range of Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) software packages.

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The School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University has offered postgraduate programmes in interpreting and translating since 1994 in order to meet the growing need for professionally trained interpreters and translators. Read more
The School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University has offered postgraduate programmes in interpreting and translating since 1994 in order to meet the growing need for professionally trained interpreters and translators. The programme is designed to provide Chinese students with a platform for working as an interpreter and/or translator in a variety of professional contexts.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

Students work in both directions between Chinese and English and follow core subjects covering:

Applied Professional Skills for Conference Interpreters
Conference Interpreting (Chinese-English)
Translation Practice (Chinese-English)
Translation & Interpreting Studies

Optional subjects include Business Communication, Translation Technologies, Liaison Interpreting for Business, Localisation & Technical Writing.

FACILITIES

Students benefit from excellent facilities for interpreting and translating, including state-of-the-art interpreting and language laboratories, digital resources for interpreting, and a range of Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) software packages.

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The Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You gain high-quality interpreting skills, spoken rather than written transfer, so you may enter the interpreting profession, in fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism. Read more
The Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You gain high-quality interpreting skills, spoken rather than written transfer, so you may enter the interpreting profession, in fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism.

This course uses English and Chinese as working languages. This course has two stages lasting one year each. You can either:
-Join the course at Stage 1 and follow the two-year course
-Or join at Stage 2 and follow the one-year course. This depends on your previous qualifications and experience.

If you join at Stage 1, you take compulsory modules that typically include:
-Translating
-Simultaneous interpreting
-Consecutive interpreting
-Sight translation exercise
-Information technology for translators and interpreters
-Translation studies

This is followed by another year of specialised study in Stage 2. If you meet the entry requirements, you can start the course at Stage 2.

In Stage 2 you can follow one of four pathways:
-Interpreting (this pathway)
-Translating and Interpreting
-Translating
-Translation Studies

In Stage 2 you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also complete either a dissertation or a translating/interpreting project. Depending on different focuses, you take further optional modules that cover:
-A sight translation exercise
-Bi-lateral interpreting
-English-Chinese subtitle translation
-Literary translation

Assessment

Assessment is by:
-Examination
-Practical assessments
-Class and seminar presentations
-Essays
-Assignments and other submitted work
-A dissertation or project

Placements

We organise study visits and/or internship work placements for our translating and interpreting students.

There are study visits to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the Directorate General for Interpreting of the European Commission in Brussels.

We also help our students to participate in conferences as interpreters, or take up translation assignments, when opportunities arise.

Facilities

Our facilities include:
-Three dedicated interpreting suites
-Professional translation software
-The Language Resource Centre, equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank
-A postgraduate common room

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The Translation Studies MA covers both professional and academic training. Translation Studies is an academically focused pathway. Read more
The Translation Studies MA covers both professional and academic training. Translation Studies is an academically focused pathway. It provides you with substantial theoretical knowledge to develop an interest in the field of translating and/or interpreting as a topic of academic study and research.

This course uses English and Chinese as working languages.

This course has two stages lasting one year each. You can either:
-Join the course at Stage 1 and follow the two-year course
-Or join at Stage 2 and follow the one-year course. This depends on your previous qualifications and experience.

If you join at Stage 1, you take compulsory modules that typically include:
-Translating
-Simultaneous interpreting
-Consecutive interpreting
-Sight translation exercise
-Information technology for translators and interpreters
-Translation studies

This is followed by another year of specialised study in Stage 2. If you meet the entry requirements, you can start the course at Stage 2.

In Stage 2 you can follow on of four pathways:
-Interpreting
-Translating and Interpreting
-Translating
-Translation Studies (this pathway)

In Stage 2 you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also complete either a dissertation or a translating/interpreting project.

Depending on different focuses, you take further optional modules that cover:
-A sight translation exercise
-Bi-lateral interpreting
-English-Chinese subtitle translation
-Literary translation

Assessment

Assessment is by:
-Examination
-Practical assessments
-Class/seminar presentations
-Essays or assignments
-Other submitted work (including a dissertation or project)

Placements

We organise study visits and/or internship work placements for our translating and interpreting students.

There are study visits to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the Directorate General for Interpreting of the European Commission in Brussels.

We also help our students to participate in conferences as interpreters, or take up translation assignments, when opportunities arise.

Facilities

Our facilities include:
-Three dedicated interpreting suites
-Professional translation software
-The Language Resource Centre, equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank
-A postgraduate common room

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This course gives you the skills and knowledge to become a professional translator. You’ll work between English and one/two of the following languages. Read more
This course gives you the skills and knowledge to become a professional translator. You’ll work between English and one/two of the following languages: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

The professional translation focus is a special feature of the course. It'll equip you with the skills and strategies to enter a career:
-As freelance or in-house translator
-In public or private organisations
-In or beyond the language-services sector

You'll receive expert training in professional tools and software and work in different contexts, such as:
-Business
-Legal
-Technical
-Literary translation

In your professional life you'll only translate into your mother tongue and our teaching reflects this.

Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the European Master’s in Translation (EMT) network, ensuring you a top-quality professional qualification. We're also a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

Teaching

We're proud to be part of Newcastle's School of Modern Languages. Our staff are a key strength of this course and you'll be taught by:
-Academics in translation studies or other relevant fields
-Translating and interpreting professionals
-Specialist translator and interpreter trainers

We work closely as a team and believe in supporting you as an individual. Find out about individual members of our Translating and Interpreting Studies team.

Delivery

We provide a friendly learning environment, with small teacher-student ratios in practical classes. The course structure allows you to tailor your own programme of study through:
-Compulsory modules
-A wide range of optional modules
-A translation project or dissertation

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, including independent and group work. You'll have regular one-to-one consultations with teaching staff, plus a Personal Tutor to discuss other study or welfare issues.

In semesters one and two you have taught classes during office hours, Monday to Friday. From June to August, you'll work with a research supervisor on a long translation project or dissertation.

As part of the course, there is an optional visit to Brussels during the summer. In Brussels you will learn about the work of European Union translators and interpreters. We also visit The Hague to find out about translating in organisations for international justice.

If you're taking the MA part time, your work is split over two years. You'll agree your individual study plan with the Degree Programme Director. This will include your core practical translation modules in year one. You can start your Translation Project or Dissertation at any time in year two.

Work experience

Our membership of the European Master's in Translation network gives you:
-Priority access to traineeships in the Directorate-General for Translation
-Opportunities to apply for a work placement in the language and translation industry

We encourage you to seek work experience alongside the course and we'll support you in this. Opportunities are available through:
-Papillon Translations offering translation jobs to Newcastle MA students
-Our Newcastle Work Experience programme
-Our Careers Service
-The Careers Translated blog

Facilities

You'll have access to:
-Professional translation software
-The Language Resource Centre. It's equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank
-Three dedicated interpreting suites

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This course uses English and Chinese as working languages.

This course has two stages lasting one year each. You can either:
-Join the course at Stage 1 and follow the two-year course
-Or join at Stage 2 and follow the one-year course. This depends on your previous qualifications and experience.

If you join at Stage 1, you take compulsory modules that typically include:
-Translating
-Simultaneous interpreting
-Consecutive interpreting
-Sight translation exercise
-Information technology for translators and interpreters
-Translation studies

This is followed by another year of specialised study in Stage 2. If you meet the entry requirements, you can start the course at Stage 2.

In Stage 2 you can follow one of four pathways:
-Interpreting
-Translating and Interpreting
-Translating (this pathway)
-Translation Studies

In Stage 2 you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also complete either a dissertation or a translating/interpreting project.

Depending on different focuses, you take further optional modules that cover:
-A sight translation exercise
-Bi-lateral interpreting
-English-Chinese subtitle translation
-Literary translation.

Assessment

Assessment is by:
-Written examination (translation modules)
-Practical assessments
-Class/seminar presentations
-Essays or assignments
-Other submitted work (including a dissertation or project)

Placements

We organise study visits and/or internship work placements for our translating and interpreting students.

There are study visits to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the Directorate General for Interpreting of the European Commission in Brussels.

We also help our students to participate in conferences as interpreters, or take up translation assignments, when opportunities arise.

Facilities

Our facilities include:
-Three dedicated interpreting suites
-Professional translation software
-The Language Resource Centre, equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank
-A postgraduate common room

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Our new MSc Interpreting programme is aimed at those who want to work as professional interpreters. The programme enables those looking to have a greater focus on developing their interpreting skills to take more dedicated interpreting courses.

Prorgramme Structure

Students take courses in Applied Professional Skills for Conference Interpreters, Liaison and Public Service Interpreting, Conference Interpreting, Liaison Interpreting for Business, and Translation & Interpreting Studies. A further three optional courses are also studied.

Guest speakers and mini-conferences are also an integral part of the learning on this programme.

Facilities

Students benefit from excellent facilities for interpreting and translating, including state-of-the-art interpreting and language laboratories, digital resources for interpreting, and a range of Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) software packages.

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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:

  • gain extensive experience in translating a wide range of texts, from general business communications to specialist and technical materials
  • take part in weekly simulated 'real life' business liaison scenarios to enhance your interpreting and negotiation capabilities
  • gain practical experience of translation management software
  • develop sought-after and important business skills such as editing and proofreading
  • gain useful insights into marketing yourself as a freelance translator and interpreter

Learning and teaching

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.

Graduate prospects

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.

Course structure

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.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Summer

Placement

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.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Work-based placement
  • Written examination
  • Other


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The programme is designed to provide students with a platform for working as an interpreter and/or translator in a variety of professional contexts.

The portfolio of languages on offer includes English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.

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