Postgraduate

Translating MA

Translating MA

Full time: minimum 12 months, maximum 24 months

Profile

The Translating MA covers both professional and academic training. You will acquire high-quality translating skills, ie written rather than spoken transfer, so you may enter the translating 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
  • literary translation.

Assessment

Assessment is by:

  • written examination (translation modules)
  • practical assessments
  • class/seminar presentations
  • essays or assignments
  • other submitted work (including a dissertation or project)

Related Degrees

  • Interpreting MA

    The course covers professional and academic training. You gain high-quality interpreting skills and spoken rather than written transfer.

  • Translation Studies MLitt

    The Translation Studies MLitt comprises taught and research-based elements, allowing you to focus in depth on one aspect of Translation Studies. Topics include: history of translation, psycholinguistics or interpreting and translating, literature, products and processes.

All related programmes

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

You will also take one of the following modules:

Optional modules

You will take a further 50 credits from the following optional modules:

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

2018-2019 fees

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

MA

UK

Full time (year one): £7,200
Full time (year two): To be confirmed

EU

Full time (year one): £7,200
Full time (year two): To be confirmed

International

Full time (year one): £16,200
Full time (year two) To be confirmed

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

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

Stage one entry

  • 2:1 honours degree 
    OR
  • a degree with a minimum average of 75% (or GPA 2.75) on your transcript.

Native English speaking applicants need to have good degree-level knowledge of Chinese. When applying, upload any evidence you have to support your second language proficiency qualification. We will also consider your application if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and 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. This qualification must be no more than two years old when you start the course. No other English language qualifications are accepted.

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 Translating and Interpreting MA. If you complete this stage, you will take one of the suitable stage two pathways. The choice of pathway is according to your academic results and your personal preferences.

If you leave the MA after successfully completing stage one, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting.

Stage two entry (advanced)

  • 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. This qualification must be no more than two years old when you start the course. No other English language qualifications are accepted.

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

If you leave the MA after successfully completing stage two, without proceeding to a dissertation or project, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Translating.

International students

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

Read more about UK visas and immigration requirements.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

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 IELTS 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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