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Develop high-level interpreting and translation skills on this challenging degree, where you’ll use state-of-the-art technology to gain the knowledge base and practical skills to succeed in the language services industry.

You’ll gain essential skills in interpreting, analysis, active listening and note-taking, then build on this foundation by practising specialised liaison and simultaneous interpreting in our interpreting facilities. You’ll also develop an awareness of the markets and environments in which interpreters work including international business as well as an understanding of legal and medical interpreting. You can also choose from optional modules informed by the leading research of our staff such as genre analysis, corpus linguistics, computer-assisted translation and machine translation.

Contracted practitioners and leading academics come together in our Centre for Translation Studies. This exciting programme will prepare you to succeed in a competitive and rewarding sector.

Centre for Translation Studies

We have excellent facilities and resources to support your studies. Our conference interpreting facilities are equipped with single and double interpreter booths, and a video link to practise remote interpreting. The Electronic Resources and Information Centre (ERIC) will be the centre of your translation work, complete with 59 high-spec PCs and a wide range of specialist software for translation and subtitling.

The Centre for Translation Studies benefits from close links with organisations such as the Institute for Translation and Interpreting as well as the EU and UN (in Geneva and Vienna). This programme is regulated by a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the Directorate General for Interpretation and Conferences of the European Parliament – a testament to our success in training conference interpreters.

It’s a great opportunity to prepare for a career in the language services industry in a city that’s full of cultural and linguistic diversity.

AccreditationThe University of Leeds is recommended by the International Association of Conference Interpreters(AIIC) for its interpreting training.

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In your first semester you’ll begin to develop interpreting skills and work on specialised translation in your chosen languages. You may continue with translation in the following semester, while you’ll build on your interpreting skills by practising simultaneous and liaison.

In either semester, you can choose optional modules on topics like public speaking and genre analysis in translation. You’ll also complete a summer project by the end of the course in September, which could be either a dissertation or two extended pieces of translation work.

All translation modules are offered INTO English, though for some languages we also offer a FROM English module. In your liaison interpreting modules (business and public service interpreting), you will train to interpreting into both of your working languages. In your simultaneous interpreting modules, you will train into you native language. We don’t offer training in any combination of languages that doesn’t include your first language.

Please see our admissions web pages for a list of available language pairs.

Course structure

COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Public Service Interpreting 15 credits
  • Interpreting Skills: Consecutive and Simultaneous 15 credits
  • Retour Interpreting: Consecutive 15 credits
  • Advanced Retour Interpreting: Consecutive and Simultaneous 15 credits
  • Business Interpreting 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Business and Public Service Interpreting PGDip in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our interpreting trainers are practising professionals with experience of working in international organisations, as well as on the private market. We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their expertise including workshops, lectures, seminars, practicals and other supervised practice. Independent study is also an important part of the programme.

Assessment

We use different forms of assessment, depending on the types of modules you choose. Normally these will include essays, assignments and reports as well as exams, in-course oral assessment and occasionally case studies. Translation modules will also include translation tests.

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate qualifications from the Centre for Translation Studies are prestigious and respected. They equip you with valuable skills to succeed in a thriving and competitive industry, as well as advanced communication, research, IT and analytical skills.

Graduates from our interpreting programmes are working in some of the world’s leading government bodies, media organisations, NGOs, private companies and international political organisations. These include the BBC, UN, EU, World Bank, World Trade Organization, SAP and translation companies such as thebigword and SDL.

Careers support

tWe work alongside you to support you in developing and then achieving your career goals. You’ll discuss your customised personal development plan with your personal tutor.

In addition you’ll have the chance to attend our Research and Professionalisation Talks by visiting speakers, many of whom are currently practising translators, interpreters, project managers and subtitlers for some of the world’s largest organisations.


Visit the Business and Public Service Interpreting page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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