12 or 24 months full time
Fees per academic year 2014-15
UK and EU: full time £5,155 (stage 1) £6,500 (stage 2)
International: full time £11,280 (stage 1) £12,500 (stage 2)
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.
This programme enables you to acquire high-quality translating skills so you may enter the translating profession, especially in marketable fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism.
This MA consists of two stages of study over 24 months, and uses English and Chinese as working languages. In Stage 1 you take compulsory modules that typically include: translating; simultaneous interpreting; consecutive interpreting; sight translation exercise; information technology for translators and interpreters; and translation studies. Optional modules are also taken from across an extensive range of disciplines.
Stage 1 is common to the suite of MAs in Translating and Interpreting. If you meet the entry requirements for this Stage, you will be registered on to the MA in Translating and Interpreting, starting at Stage 1. Upon successful completion of this Stage, you will take one of the suitable Stage 2 pathways, according to your academic results and your personal preferences.
If you leave the MA programme after completing Stage 1, without proceeding to Stage 2, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting, subject to your academic results.
In Stage 2 you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also undertake either a dissertation or a translating/ interpreting project. Direct entry to this Stage is possible if you meet the Stage 2 entry requirements.
If you leave the MA programme after completing Stage 2, without proceeding to a dissertation or project, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Translating, subject to your academic results.
Assessment is by examination, practical assessments, class and seminar presentations, essays or assignments and other submitted work (including a dissertation or project).
Find out more detailed information about the programme modules
For Stage 1 entry you need a BA degree with a minimum average of 75 per cent (or GPA 2.75) on your transcript or an upper-second-class Honours degree or higher.
If you are not a native English speaker please enclose a recent IELTS certificate (no more than two years old) with your application. We only consider IELTS scores. To be considered, you need to have IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 or above on speaking and writing sub-skills.
If you are a native English speaker, we require good degree-level knowledge of Chinese. When applying, please enclose any evidence you may have to support your second language proficiency qualification.
For Stage 2 entry (ie advanced entry) you should have a good first degree (for example an upper-second-class Honours degree or an equivalent GPA).
You must also have expert second-language knowledge. For non-native speakers of English, we require a minimum of IELTS 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in all sub-skills. We only consider IELTS scores. Native speakers of English should contact the School of Modern Languages for requirements of their second language proficiency.
All applicants (Stage 1 and Stage 2) will be interviewed and must pass this element of the selection process.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.
International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.
Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.
Visit our postgraduate application site.
The application deadline is 15 February 2014 however, due to enthusiastic and strong subscriptions to this programme, applications may be closed earlier if places are filled up. Interviews are compulsory to all applicants and will be held during spring.
To allow time for processing your application, you could consider to apply initially with as many available supporting documents as possible if you have not yet obtained an adequate IELTS certificate which may follow later.
Please note that all applicants should enter "MA in Translation and Interpreting" in their applications. For those who aim for the other specialized pathways, such as MA in Translating, the decision will be made after you have met all the entry requirements.
Please note: You will be required to pay a deposit of £1500 in order to secure your place after you have taken the interview, within 10 days after you are informed of having passed it. This will be offset against the tuition fees at registration.