M.A. Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP14950 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Essex | Colchester, United Kingdom
Building on our internationally-recognised expertise in English language and linguistics and the teaching of practical foreign language skills, our MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting offers written translation, oral interpreting and film and video subtitling in a single programme.

Description of Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting

Why study MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting at Essex?

Our Department of Language and Linguistics offers you an outstanding teaching and research environment. At Essex you will experience a stimulating, but informal environment giving you many possibilities to pursue your own interests.

We are top 10 in the UK for research with the majority of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). This means you will be taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. We provide you with the ideal environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers.

Our facilities

With state-of-the-art equipment and internationally renowned staff on hand, we’ll help you excel in your work, graduating with all the skills employers are looking for.

Our new interpreting lab provides you with simultaneous interpreting booths in a professional business settings for both classwork and practice. You also have access to LTB 6, a conference facility for up to 350 people with simultaneous interpreting booths, to interpret for live conferences and lectures.

We also offer two multimedia language teaching labs with Melissi Digital Classroom software to help you to interpret, translate and subtitle media in a foreign language, equipped with top-of-the-range computers integrating audio-visual projectors and large screens.

Our Open Access Lab has satellite TVs with DVD players, so you have plenty of opportunities to watch the news and other programmes in foreign languages to help you practice the skills you are developing.

Our media studio allows opportunities for recordings with a small audience space, and is used for role plays, news reading, presentations and debates.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 14950 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5950 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.

A full-time Masters course lasts for twelve months, starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms, and normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September.

A part-time Masters course lasts for 24 months, normally starting in October, and consists of taught modules spread out over two years, with normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September of the second year. Each of the taught modules you take in the Department of Language and Linguistics counts for 15 credits.

The total credit weighting for a Masters course is 180: 120 for taught modules and 60 for the MA dissertation. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as ‘second-cycle’ qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).


Core modules

  • Dissertation

Compulsory modules

  • Bilateral Interpreting Ii
  • Consecutive Interpreting Ii
  • Principles Of Translation And Interpreting
  • Simultaneous Interpreting Ii
  • Simultaneous Interpreting Iii
  • Subtitling: Principles And Practice
  • Technical Translation
  • Written Translation Ii

Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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 Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting

Our applicants may be considered if they possess the following: a 1st, 2:1 or high 2:2 degree and IELTS 7.5 (with 6.0 in writing) for native speakers of Chinese, and a qualification in translation and interpreting, or an equivalent level qualification in Chinese (for native speakers of English), and a qualification in translation and interpreting.

IELTS 6.5.

Work Experience for Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting

No work experience is required.

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