Translating MA

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.

Programme Overview

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

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree or a degree with a minimum average of 80 per cent (or GPA 3.0) on your transcript. You must also have expert second-language knowledge.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-sections, which must be no more than two years old on starting the programme. No equivalent English language qualifications can be considered on this programme.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

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.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Interviews are compulsory to all applicants and will be held during autumn 2014 and spring 2015. In order to be in time for an interview, there are two application deadlines:

30 September 2014 for the autumn interview, or
15 February 2015 for the spring interview.

You should receive a conditional offer shortly after application. In order to qualify for an interview, you must e-mail an interview request to us with the following details:

  • your name and application number
  •  IELTS score (overall as well as subskills)
  • whether you intend to take the one-year or two-year programme
  • whether you wish to take the interview in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu (spring interview only), or Taiwan.

 There are two interview request deadlines:

  • 15 October 2014 for the autumn interview
  • 28 February 2015 for the spring interview.

Your request will be considered only if you have submitted an adequate IELTS certificate. You should upload it onto the application portal before you make the interview request. No alternative language certificates will be accepted. For 2015 entry, IELTS certificates issued before 30 September 2013 will not be accepted.

You are advised to submit your application as early as possible. To allow time for processing, you can apply by submitting as many supporting documents as possible if an adequate IELTS certificate is not yet available. This can be submitted before an interview request is made.

You need to enter ‘MA in Translating and Interpreting (full time)’, course code 4040F, as your programme choice in the application site, regardless of the pathway you wish to pursue.

Please note: Within ten days of successfully completing your interview, you will be required to pay a deposit of £1,500 to secure your place. This will be offset against the tuition fees at registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:

Lucy Brickwood
School of Modern Languages
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5867

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Translating and Interpreting.