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What will I learn?

PG Diploma Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting should interest you if you want to build your language proficiency in Chinese and English, and further develop the translation and interpreting techniques that are required by employers.

Postgraduate (PG) Diplomas last for six to nine months (full-time) and include the modules and assessed work of a Masters, without a dissertation. This allows you to proceed to a Masters in Languages if your undergraduate degree was in a different subject.

Building on our internationally recognised expertise in the teaching of practical foreign language skills, our course offers written translation, oral interpreting and film and video subtitling in a single programme. By the end of your studies, you will have developed the practical language and key skills necessary for employment in professional translation, interpreting and subtitling.

Our course will build on the knowledge and skills you acquired in your previous qualifications, and is unique in the emphasis it places on hands-on training. With the help of native speakers, you learn how to use your language skills to translate, interpret and subtitle effectively, using the latest industry-standard software, in a culturally sensitive way.

You cover topics including:

  • Bilateral, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting
  • Technologies of translation
  • Effective note-taking
  • Written translation

We are a leading UK university for language and linguistics research (REF 2014), a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). We are also ranked 13th in the UK for Linguistics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020).

Which department am I in?

Department of Language and Linguistics

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£15,040.00 (US$ 20,385) Overall cost
Fees will increase for each academic year of study. You have the opportunity to take part in seminars delivered by DG Interpretation (DG SCIC) and DG Translation at the European Commission during our optional annual trip to Brussels. The additional cost for this is £250, depending on your mode of travel. EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

Expected October 2022

Venue

Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,

Colchester,

Essex,

CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with GPA 2.50 from Bachelor degree.

For international students

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 or above (or international equivalent) in a subject which has a major component of English. If Mandarin Chinese is not your first language, you will need to hold HSK level 6 to be considered for this course. IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0; TOEFL 88 overall with minimum component scores: Listening: 17 Reading: 18 Writing: 24 Speaking: 20.

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

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About University of Essex

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  • World-leading academics in a research-intensive environment
  • Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • Flexible course structure, students study what matters to them
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