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MA Interpreting and Translation, Mandarin and English

Course Description

A chance to study a top UK Masters in China

As China raises its international profile in the spheres of economics, politics and culture, it has declared high-level training for specialist translators and interpreters as one of the country’s educational priorities.

This degree will train you to professional levels of competence in interpreting and translation. It is suitable for students who already possess high-level English and Mandarin language skills. You will be introduced to interpreting and translation theory, new technologies for translating and interpreting, key concepts of economics and business, technology and ICT, and media and culture. You will have the opportunity to continue a second foreign language from intermediate level.

Teaching will be enhanced with input from professional interpreters and translators. By the time you graduate, you will be capable of interpreting across a wide range of subjects involving dialogues at specialist consultations. You will be able to interpret presentations by the consecutive mode and, subject to performance in the first semester, will be introduced to simultaneous interpreting.


Compulsory Modules

Translation and Interpreting Theory
Advanced English or Chinese Discourse Skills
Professional Translation 1
Professional Interpreting 1
Research Methodologies for Interpreting and Translation
Professional Translation 2
Professional Interpreting 2
Translation and Interpreting Dissertation / project

Optional Modules Group 1
Students must take 30 credits (10 credits in Autumn semester and 20 credit in Spring semester) from the options below

Second Foreign Language (Intermediate Level) 1 (French/German/Spanish/Japanese)*
Translating and Interpreting in International Management, Finance, and Economics
Translating and Interpreting in International Politics and Law
Second Foreign Language (Intermediate Level) 2 (French/German/Spanish/Japanese)*
Translating and Interpreting in Engineering, Science and Technology
Translating and Interpreting in Communications, Culture and Media
IT for Translators

Optional Modules Group 2
Students must take 20 credits from this group

Advanced Translation
Advanced Interpreting

This course is also available at our UK campus.

Visit the MA Interpreting and Translation, Mandarin and English page on the University of Nottingham in China website for more details!

Student Profiles

Ningbo Govt.International Student Scholarships for Acacemic Excellence - 15 Awards

There are approximately 15 scholarships of 30,000 CNY (approx 3,000 GBP) available for masters applicants.Students who would like to apply for this scholarship will need to prepare their documents and submit to the Recruitment & Admissions Office by 31st May 2015

Value of Scholarship(s)

GBP 3,000 (approximate based on exchange rate)


Candidates must have a 2:1 or higher (or equivalent) and meet English Language requirements.

Application Procedure

Students must complete a separate application and provide a separate personal statement in addition to applying for a Master's programme at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Ningbo China High Achievers Scholarship - 20+ Awards

High academic achievers will be rewarded through a 20,000 CNY (approx. 2,100 GBP) scholarship towards their tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Approx GBP 2,100


All applicants are automatically assessed for an award. The top 25 applications (submitted prior to the deadline) will be made a scholarship offer.

Application Procedure

No separate application required after a course application is submitted.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 plus English Language and intermediate proficiency in Mandarin

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