12 or 24 months full time
UK and EU: full time £5,155 (stage 1) £6,500 (stage 2)
International: full time £11,280 (stage 1) £12,500 (stage 2)
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This programme enables you to acquire high-quality translating and interpreting skills so you may enter the translating and interpreting professions, 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. Students may decide, with the Degree Programme Director’s recommendation, to focus on interpreting or translating.
Depending on different focuses, all candidates take further optional modules that cover: a sight translation exercise; bi-lateral interpreting; English-Chinese subtitle translation; and literary translation. 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 and Interpreting, subject to your academic results.
Assessment is by written examination (translation modules), practical assessments, class/seminar presentations, essays or assignments or other submitted work (including a dissertation or project). During the semesters and at the end of the programme, you will take several ‘live panel’ examinations in interpreting.
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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 normally consider only 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 normally consider only 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.
Interviews are compulsory to all applicants and will be held during spring 2013. In order to be in time for an interview, the application deadline is February 2013. Due to enthusiastic and strong subscriptions to this programme, applications may be closed earlier than February 2013 if places are filled up.
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.
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 Interpreting, the decision will be made after you have met all the entry requirements.
Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. This is payable after you have taken the interview, within 10 days after you are informed of having passed it. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.