Master of Arts in Translating and Interpreting




What will I learn?

Programme Aims

There is a great need in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the world for professionally trained translators and interpreters who can work at a high level of competence in either Chinese or English. This programme meets that demand by offering language industry professionals the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications, catch up on new developments in translation and interpreting, and to expand their existing skills or acquire new skills.


We provide practical professional training. The elements of theory that we introduce are directly relevant to improving the efficiency of practitioners. The programme has a broad-based curriculum, which allows students to prepare for later professional specialisation. Graduates have enhanced skills that are marketable in both the private and public sectors.

Recognition & Prospects

The programme is included in the "List of Qualifications Awarded by Local Institutes and Recognised for Exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) (English Language)" of the HKSAR Education Bureau.

Programme Structure

The programme includes 6 Compulsory Subjects and 4 Elective Subjects that are chosen from a pool of subjects in the general area of language studies.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$168,000.00 (17,82,418) per year
HK $5,600 per credit; Specialised Interpreting Programme 1 & 2 are charged at a higher rate of HK $14,020 per credit.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

Applicants are expected to meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 96 for the Internet-based test, or a TOEFL score of at least 590 for the paper-based test; OR
  • A score of at least 7.0 on listening and reading sections with no sub-score below 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR
  • A level of competence in English, as demonstrated by performance in the admission test set by MATI, which indicates that the applicant* is capable of studying successfully at the taught MA level.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 79th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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