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Conference Interpreting MA

Gain industry-relevant skills and knowledge in Simultaneous Interpreting, Consecutive Interpreting, Public Service Interpreting and Remote Interpreting. Our Conference Interpreting MA uses English and Chinese as working languages.

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  • September 2024


Gain industry-relevant skills and knowledge in Simultaneous Interpreting, Consecutive Interpreting, Public Service Interpreting and Remote Interpreting. Our Conference Interpreting MA uses English and Chinese as working languages, preparing you for a professional interpreting career.

Our lecturers have a wealth of professional experience, both in-house and freelance. You’ll learn how theory and practice intersect in interpreting. You will hone the skills you need to excel in your chosen professional domain.

You’ll train at our state-of-art conference interpreting suite. You’ll also benefit from both our industry experience and established connections.

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What you'll learn

You'll gain a thorough grounding in translation and interpreting skills and techniques. You will take Consecutive Interpreting, Sight Translation and Simultaneous Interpreting modules with built-in remote-interpreting skills.

You will learn about specialised areas of interpreting with more demanding industry requirements.

You'll acquire high-quality interpreting skills in spoken rather than written transfer. You will have an expert understanding of mainstream interpreting and remote interpreting technologies.

Depending on your interests, you may take further optional modules that cover:

  • Subtitle and Video Game Translation
  • Literary Translation
  • Translating for a Big Institution
  • Legal Translation

In the summer, you will complete either a dissertation or an interpreting project. The project consists of an interpreting assignment and an academic commentary.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

On our Conference Interpreting MA, you will receive enhanced training on:

  • theoretical models of interpreting and understanding your workspace and equipment
  • the latest development in remote interpreting, or RSI
  • performing different modes of interpreting with appropriate techniques on a wide range of topics
  • how to leverage a growing base of theoretical knowledge to carry out interpreting assignments that meet industry requirements
  • current technicality demanded upon conference interpreters
  • ability to adapt and pick up required technical skills for specific jobs

Professional opportunities and development

We organise industry talks, study visits and internship work placements for our students. These will be in the fields of conference interpreting and liaison interpreting.

In the past, we have organised visits to:

  • the United Nations Office in Vienna and Rome
  • the EU’s Directorate General for Translation
  • the European Commission in Brussels
  • international organisations in The Hague

We also arrange interpreting and remote interpreting opportunities with our industry contacts. 

We'll also help you:

  • take part in conferences as a trainee interpreter
  • get academic membership from established interpreter and translator societies (such as the Chartered Institute of Linguists)
  • join our Translating and Interpreting alumni networks across five continents
  • discover international job opportunities and get career advice

Your future

What can you do with a Conference Interpreting MA degree?

Our graduates use their linguistic, IT, and interpersonal skills, and cultural knowledge in a range of sectors.

Conference Interpreting careers

  • in-house simultaneous and/or consecutive interpreter for international organisations and corporations
  • in-house linguist, providing support on a range of interpreting and translation projects
  • freelance self-employed interpreter
  • event/conference planner
  • conference interpreting trainers and instructors

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Our facilities include:

  • two dedicated interpreting suites (including an UN-standard conference interpreting suite)
  • digital platforms for interpreting training and practice
  • Language Resource Centre (equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank)
  • a senior common room where you can relax, eat or study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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