Business Interpreting in Chinese and English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
Designed in collaboration with Dr Kevin Lin OBE, this programme will train you to be ready to perform your first conference interpreting job upon graduation. This highly specialised programme prepares you to work successfully as an interpreter in conference, business and political settings at the highest levels.

About

The MA Interpreting is offered in two pathways: a multilingual and a Chinese pathway. The Chinese pathway is delivered in collaboration with KL Communications Ltd, whose Managing Director Dr Kevin Lin OBE is the Lead Interpreter (Chinese) of the Foreign Office of the UK Government.

The pathway covers the specific techniques and professional requirements of interpreting between Chinese and English, and prepares you to work successfully as an interpreter in conference, business and political settings at the highest levels.

Learning takes place through a combination of regular language-specific practice, simulations of real-life interpreting scenarios and background lectures. Our state-of-the-art facilities enable you to practise each interpreting mode in the most realistic environment possible.

Accreditation

Professional recognition Students may join the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) or the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) as student members.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Consecutive Interpreting I – Chinese
  • Consecutive Interpreting II – Chinese
  • Simultaneous Interpreting I – Chinese
  • Simultaneous Interpreting II – Chinese
  • Specialist Translation I – Chinese
  • Interpreting  and Technologies
  • Specialist Translation II – Chinese
  • Public Service Interpreting Trends and Issues
  • Research Methods in Translation Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

This programme is designed for native speakers of Chinese (Mandarin) with English as a second language.

A BA degree equivalent to a minimum of a UK 2.2 honours degree in English or another relevant subject is required. In exceptional cases, alternative qualifications and professional experience may be considered.

As non-native speakers of English, applicants will also normally be required to have IELTS 7.0 or above (or equivalent), with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in all other components.

In order to proceed to the aptitude test, candidates must submit a CV and a suitable personal statement explaining why they have chosen to apply for this programme at Surrey. 

Tuition Fee

Funding

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