Postgraduate

Interpreting MA

Interpreting MA

Full-time: 12 months or 24 months

Profile

The Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You gain high-quality interpreting skills, spoken rather than written transfer, so you may enter the interpreting profession, in fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism.

 

This course uses English and Chinese as working languages.

This course has two stages lasting one year each. You can either:

  • join the course at Stage 1 and follow the two-year course
  • or join at Stage 2 and follow the one-year course. This depends on your previous qualifications and experience.

If you join at Stage 1, you take compulsory modules that typically include:

  • translating
  • simultaneous interpreting
  • consecutive interpreting
  • sight translation exercise
  • information technology for translators and interpreters
  • translation studies

This is followed by another year of specialised study in Stage 2. If you meet the entry requirements, you can start the course at Stage 2.

In Stage 2 you can follow one of four pathways:

In Stage 2 you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also complete either a dissertation or a translating/interpreting project. Depending on different focuses, you take further optional modules that cover:

  • a sight translation exercise
  • bi-lateral interpreting
  • English-Chinese subtitle translation
  • and literary translation.

Assessment

Assessment is by:

  • examination
  • practical assessments
  • class and seminar presentations
  • essays
  • assignments and other submitted work
  • a dissertation or project
Student profile

Mock conferences simulate the real working scenario of an interpreter and give us a taste of what it is like to be working as a professional.

Eric's student profile
Shuai (Eric)

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Translator, Freelance Interpreter, Engineering Interpreter

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

Ebiquity, Professional Information, Pharmaquest Ltd

Data based on responses from 46 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Translating and Interpreting. See more about what our graduates do.

Related Degrees

  • Translating and Interpreting MA

    The Translating and Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You will acquire high-quality translating and interpreting skills, so you may enter the translating or interpreting profession in fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism.

  • Professional Translation for European Languages MA

    This course gives you the skills and knowledge to become a professional translator. You’ll work between English and one/two of the following languages: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Stage one

Compulsory modules

All candidates take the following compulsory modules:

Optional modules

You will take optional modules to a value of 20 credits from available modules within the University, with the agreement of the Degree Programme Director. These may include the following:

Stage two

Compulsory modules

All candidates take the following compulsory modules:

You will also take one from the following:

Optional modules

You will take optional modules to a value of 30 credits from the following.

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director and depending on your academic background, alternative optional modules may be available.

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

MA

UK/EU

Full time (year one): £5,375
Full time (year two): £6,780

International

Full time (year one): £11,280
Full time (year two) £12,500

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2017 and 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Funding for UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme (students from England and non-UK countries)

Maximum of £10,280 (2017 entry)

Non EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships
Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

All Students Number of awards Value of awards
MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£5,000

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Phd in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences - Brimstone and Treacle: understanding oil-driven microbial souring in petroleum reservoirs

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,533 (full award) plus an industrial CASE studentship top up fee.  

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Next generation of composite molten salt-ceramic membranes for selective separation of NOx, SO2 and CO2

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,553 (2017/18).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: The Use of Perovskite-type Oxygen-carriers for Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,553 (2017/18).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme (students from England and non-UK countries)

Maximum of £10,280 (2017 entry)

Disabled Students' Allowances

Varies

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Data-driven modelling of glass durability and glass pouring rate in nuclear waste vitrification process

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Virulence factors of human and bird Trichomonad parasites targeting host proteoglycans: integrating evolutionary genomics and molecular cell biology

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only. 

BBSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Cellular Medicine - Investigating the impact of insulin resistance on ageing, appearance and wellbeing using sleep as a model system

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD in Computer Science - Visualization of Heterogeneous Multi-Source Data

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14.553 (full award)

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Verification of Portable Synthetic Biocircuits (EPSRC Portabolomics)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).

International (Non EU) students Number of awards Value of awards
Newcastle University – GREAT Scholarship 2018 – China

7

50% of tuition fees.

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Postgraduate International Scholarship Scheme (2017)

Not specified

£2,000 tuition fee scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships
International Family Discounts (IFD)

10% of the tuition fee per year.

Fulbright Scholarships

Varies

British Marshall Scholarships

40

Varies

Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,800 - £11,700 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Chinese Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £5,000 for a range of Business School postgraduate courses.

Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Not specified.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

USA Athlete Scholarship

10

£5000- £8000 payable towards the first year of tuition fees and a comprehensive support package (see Overview for further details).

All students Number of awards Value of awards
PhD Studentship in Computing Science - A Computational Systems Biology Approach to Psoriasis Treatment (Rosetrees Trust)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

MSc Funding - 1st Class Scholarship (Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

Not specified

£2,000

Clinical Research Funding - various

Varies

Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2017 entry

£18,000 bursary (£9,000 per year) and a contribution towards travel costs. The Bursary is paid as a tuition fee discount direct to the University.

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Instalments
2% Tuition Fee Discount

2% off annual tuition fee

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Varies

Varies.

Sir Mark Waller Postgraduate Law Scholarships

6 for international students, 2 for home/EU students.

Full and partial (£2,500-£3,000) tuition fee scholarships.

Charities and Trusts

Varies

Allergy Module Funding

Varies

Employer Sponsorship

Varies

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgraduate Scholarships

Not specified.

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com are offering £12,000 in scholarships for postgraduate study.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

15

£500 payable towards tuition fees.

Teacher Training (PGCE programmes)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip Bursaries

£2,000

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000 for a range of Business School Master’s courses.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

MBA Leadership Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £10,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation MLitt/PhD Studentships for Studies Relating to Japan

Up to 3 (MLitt or PhD)

£10,000,contributing towards your MLitt/PhD tuition fees and living costs. 

MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£5,000

PhD studentship in Biochemistry and Structural Biology – The Molecular Structure of Meiotic Chromosomes

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD studentship - Long-term training load management and recovery strategies in elite rugby union players (Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club and Newcastle University)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,533. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Data Driven Computer Modelling of Brain Injury Recovery

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Understanding the molecular regulation of autophagy during ageing.

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. Additional funding to cover research costs.

PhD in Chemistry: Computational Studies of Electron Transfer at Interfaces

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,553 2017/18).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD in the School of Engineering - Role of social conformity in the acceptance and uptake of autonomous vehicles

1

100% of tuition fees paid - UK/EU or international - plus annual living expenses of £14,553 per annum.

PhD Studentship in Bio-Design - Exploring the Design Potential of ‘Thinking Soils’

1

£15,000 per year for 3 years. You will be required to pay your tuition fees from this award with the remainder of the studentship being awarded as living expenses. UK/EU tuition fees for 2017- 18 are £4,540. International tuition fees for 2017-18 are £12,680. 

Entry Requirements

Stage one entry

A 2:1 honours degree or a degree with a minimum average of 75% (or GPA 2.75) on your transcript. In addition, we require native English speaking applicants to have good degree-level knowledge of Chinese. When applying, please enclose any evidence you may have to support your second language proficiency qualification. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have at least two years' full-time experience as a translator or an interpreter.

If your first language is not English you need IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in speaking and writing and 6.0 in listening and reading. Your qualification must be no more than two years old on starting the course. No equivalent English language qualifications are considered.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

If you meet the entry requirements for stage one, you will be registered on to the MA in Translating and Interpreting, starting at stage one. Upon successful completion of this stage, you will take one of the suitable pathways, according to your academic results and your personal preferences.

If you leave the MA after completing stage one, without proceeding to stage two, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting, subject to your academic results.

Stage 2 entry (advanced)

A 2:1 honours degree or a degree with a minimum average of 80% (or GPA 3.0) on your transcript. You must also have expert second-language knowledge.

If your first language is not English you need IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-sections. Your qualification must be no more than two years old on starting the course. No equivalent English language qualifications are considered.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

If you leave the MA after completing stage two, without proceeding to a dissertation or project, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Interpreting. This depends on your academic results.

International students

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Read more about UK visas and immigration requirements.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Application

You should select ‘MA in Translating and Interpreting (full time)’, course code 4040F, as your course choice in the Applicant Portal. Your pathway will be confirmed after your interview. There are two application deadlines:

  • 30 September 2017
  • 15 February 2018

You need to upload your IELTS certification onto the Applicant Portal before you can progress to interview. We suggest you submit your application and supporting documents as early as possible so that your interview can be arranged within the timescales. If you do not have an IETLS certificate with the required score at the time of applying you can submit it later. But you must submit it before the interview request deadline.

2018 entry: IELTS certificates issued before 30 September 2016 or alternative language certificates will not be accepted.

Interview

Following your successful application you will receive a conditional offer. We will also ask you to arrange your interview. You can only do this if you have submitted the required IELTS certificate.

Interviews are compulsory and will be held during Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018. You will be asked to provide:

  • your name and application number
  • IELTS sub-section and overall scores
  • your intention to study the one-year or two-year course
  • where you want to have your interview:
    • Beijing
    • Shanghai
    • or Taiwan

There are two interview request deadlines:

  • 15 October 2017 for an Autumn interview
  • 28 February 2018 for a Spring interview

Deposit

Within 10 days of successfully completing your interview you will need to pay a deposit of £1,500 to secure your place. This will be deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

What happens next?

If your application is successful, this is what happens next.

Stage 1 entry

You will receive a conditional offer for the two-year Translating and Interpreting MA. You will be invited to interview and required to meet all the conditions of your offer. Upon successful completion of Stage 1 you will progress to Stage 2 and choose one of the four degree pathways.

Stage 2 entry

You will receive a conditional offer for the two-year Translating and Interpreting MA. If your interview is successful and you meet all the offer conditions, you will transfer to a Stage 2 degree pathway.

Contact

Aisling Hood
Postgraduate Officer
School of Modern Languages
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5867
Email: modlang.pgadmin@ncl.ac.uk

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