M.A. Interpreting

Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This programme enables you to acquire high-quality interpreting (i.e. spoken rather than written transfer) skills so you may enter the interpreting profession, especially in marketable fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism.

Description of Interpreting


This MA consists of two stages of study over 24 months, and uses English and Chinese as working languages. In Stage 1 you take compulsory modules that typically include: translating; simultaneous interpreting; consecutive interpreting; sight translation exercise; information technology for translators and interpreters; and translation studies. Optional modules are also taken from across an extensive range of disciplines.

Stage 1 is common to the suite of MAs in Translating and Interpreting. If you meet the entry requirements for this Stage, you will be registered on to the MA in Translating and Interpreting, starting at Stage 1. Upon successful completion of this Stage, you will take one of the suitable Stage 2 pathways, according to your academic results and your personal preferences.

If you leave the MA programme after completing Stage 1, without proceeding to Stage 2, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting, subject to your academic results.

In Stage 2 you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also undertake either a dissertation or a translating/ interpreting project. Direct entry to this Stage is possible if you meet the Stage 2 entry requirements.

If you leave the MA programme after completing Stage 2, without proceeding to a dissertation or project, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Translating, subject to your academic results.

Assessment is by examination, practical assessments, class and seminar presentations, essays or assignments and other submitted work (including a dissertation or project).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline There are 2 application deadlines. See programme page 'how to apply' for further details.
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

All candidates take the following compulsory modules:

CHN7003 Translating I

CHN7010 Simultaneous Interpreting I

CHN7015 Sight Translation Exercise

CHN7016 Consecutive Interpreting I

SML7000 Information Technology for Translators and Interpreters

SML7001 Translation Studies I

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.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Candidates take the following compulsory modules:

CHN8024 Consecutive Interpreting II

CHN8025 Simultaneous Interpreting II

CHN8032 Public Service Interpreting

SML8008 Translation Studies II

SML8009 Research Methods in Translating and Interpreting

SML8010 Professional Issues in Translating and Interpreting

You will also take 60 credits from the following:

SML8098 Dissertation

SML8099 Translation/Interpreting Project

Optional modules

You will take a further 40 credits from the following:

CHN8029 English-Chinese Subtitle Translation

CHN8033 Drama Translation for Translators and Interpreters

SML8004 Literary Translation

SML8005 History of Translation

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director and depending on your academic background, alternative optional modules may be available.

English Language Requirements

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Interpreting

An upper-second-class Honours degree or a degree with a minimum average of 80 per cent (or GPA 3.0) on your transcript. You must also have expert second-language knowledge.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-sections, which must be no more than two years old on starting the programme. No equivalent English language qualifications can be considered on this programme.

Work Experience for Interpreting

No work experience is required.

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