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What will I learn?

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.

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:

Interpreting
Translating and Interpreting (this pathway)
Translating
Translation Studies

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.

Placements

We organise study visits and/or internship work placements for our translating and interpreting students.

There are study visits to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the Directorate General for Interpreting of the European Commission in Brussels.

We also help our students to participate in conferences as interpreters, or take up translation assignments, when opportunities arise.

Careers

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Which department am I in?

Newcastle University

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£18,400.00 (US$ 25,325) per year
Full time: £18,400 (year 1); Full time: £18,400 (year 2)

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Newcastle University

King’s Gate,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

Northumberland,

NE1 7RU, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a four-year bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA ranging from 2.8 to 3.2 out of 4.0 (admissions criteria will vary depending on which course they are applying to).

For international students

Stage 1 entry 2:1 honours degree OR a degree with a minimum average of 75% (or GPA 2.75) on your transcript. 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. Stage two entry (advanced) 2:1 honours degree OR a degree with a minimum average of 80% (or GPA 3.0) on your transcript. 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 on starting the course. No other English language qualifications are accepted.

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

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