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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. 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.


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.


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.

Visit the MSc Arabic-English Interpreting and Translating page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!





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