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MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting should interest you if you want to build your language proficiency in Chinese and English and further develop the translation and interpreting techniques that are required by employers.

Building on our internationally recognised expertise in the teaching of practical foreign language skills, our course offers written translation, oral interpreting and film and video subtitling in a single programme. By the end of your studies, you will have developed the practical language and key skills necessary for employment in professional translation, interpreting and subtitling.

Our course will build on the knowledge and skills you acquired in your previous studies, and is unique in the emphasis it places on hands-on training. With the help of native speakers, you learn how to use your language skills to translate, interpret and subtitle effectively, using the latest industry-standard software, in a culturally sensitive way.

You cover topics including:
-Bilateral, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting
-Technologies of translation
-Effective note-taking
-Written translation
-Subtitling

We are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us firmly within the top 10 departments in the UK and among the top 150 departments on the planet (QS World University Rankings 2016).

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

This course can also be studied up to a PGDip level, for more information, view this web-page: http://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/details.aspx?mastercourse=PG00480&subgroup=2

Our expert staff

Our staff are internationally renowned. Their books dominate the reading lists at other universities. All our language teachers are native or bilingual speakers, we maintain excellent student-staff ratios, and we integrate language learning with linguistics wherever there is synergy.

Our lecturers on the MA (Dan Chen, Nan Zhao and Yanxi Wu) are professional interpreters and translators experienced in training students in the necessary skills for professional practice.

Specialist facilities

-Our new interpreting lab provides 10 booths to interpret conferences with up to 20 interpreters
-Use our lecture theatre equipped with five interpreting booths, and the capacity to interpret lectures of up to 350 people – we are the only university in the UK with such facilities
-We regularly use two multimedia language teaching labs equipped with top-of-the-range computers integrating audio-visual projectors and large screens
-Use specialist software such as SDL Trados Studio 2014 and MemoQ for technical translation, Avidanet Live and Black Box for Interpreting and WinCaps Qu4ntum for Subtitling
-Use our professional recording studios to video record a small audience or for presentations
-Attend our exciting programme of research seminars and other events
-Our Languages for All programme offers you the opportunity to study an additional language alongside your course at no extra cost

Your future

Our course directly leads to a career in translation, interpreting and subtitling, in the media, business and tourism between the English-speaking world and China.

We work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil. We offer supervision in areas including language acquisition, language learning and language teaching, culture and communication, psycholinguistics, language disorders, sociolinguistics, and theoretical and descriptive linguistics.

Example structure

-Business Interpreting I
-Consecutive Interpreting III
-Principles of Translation and Interpreting
-Simultaneous Interpreting III (optional)
-Subtitling: Principles and Practice
-Specialised Translation
-Written Translation II
-Dissertation
-Simultaneous Interpreting II
-Technologies of Translation II and Post Editing (optional)

Visit the Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting - MA/PGDip page on the University of Essex website for more details!

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