Interpreting and Translating

Heriot-Watt University    School of Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year
Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Linguistics & Classics (23)

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Immerse yourself in the world of language and culture with the MSc in Interpreting and Translating at Heriot-Watt University. This dynamic programme equips you with the skills and expertise needed to excel in the international interpreting and translation industries. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, you will master the art of interpretation and translation to a professional standard. Tailor your learning experience by choosing from a range of optional courses, such as international politics, translation technologies, and more. The state-of-the-art language labs and interpreting booths provide the perfect environment to hone your skills using industry-standard software. Benefit from the guidance of a team of experienced professionals and researchers, ensuring you stay at the forefront of industry practices. With strong industry links and exclusive internship opportunities, this programme sets you up for a successful career as a professional interpreter and translator. Entry requirements include a good degree in a relevant subject and proficiency in English and other languages. Join us and unlock a world of opportunities in interpreting and translating.

About the course

This joint master’s programme has been designed to meet the needs of the international interpreting and translation industries. You’ll master the skills and techniques of translating and interpreting to a professional standard and will develop the ideal balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.  

You’ll learn relevant transferable communication skills, including the skills of summarising, abstracting, note-taking for interpreting purposes and public speaking. You’ll be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with other professionals in the field, including colleagues and clients. You’ll master IT skills that are relevant to the work of a professional interpreter and will be able to use specialised databases.  

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Entry Requirements

Strand A
- Native / near-native command of English plus native / near-native command of Chinese, French, German, or Spanish.
- Good degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Strand B
- Native / near-native command of English plus an excellent command of two from French, German, Spanish, Arabic or Chinese.
- Good degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Suitable applicants will be invited for interview and to undertake a short test.

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Application process: Eligible students will be identified as part of the academic admissions process and therefore you do not need to complete a separate application form. Successful candidates will have the award detailed on their offer letters and, where appropriate, their CAS letters for visa purposes. To secure your scholarship you simply accept your offer of a place to study with us.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,500 - £3,000


You must be a self-funding student and have achieved, or be on track to achieve, the minimum academic entry criteria for the programme you wish to study from a fully recognised, high ranking institution. You must be studying full-time on our UK campuses and must begin your studies in September 2019.

Application Procedure

- This scholarship is available only for new full time students beginning in September 2019 and cannot be deferred.
- To receive the scholarship, you must be self-funding i.e not fully sponsored by your employer, a company or in receipt of a full scholarship from another source.
- The scholarship cannot be received in combination with any other Heriot-Watt fee-abatement award such as a partnership fee discount or alumni award.
- The scholarship cannot be used in lieu of any reduction to the deposit you are required to pay as part of the admissions process (applicable to international fee status students only).
- Payment of the scholarship will be paid as a fee abatement i.e. your fees will be automatically reduced by the amount awarded. Students will not be able to receive a cash alternative.
- This scholarship is applicable for ‘new’ students only, i.e. those who have not studied with us at any of our campuses before. Students who have studied with us previously will instead be eligible for our alumni award.

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