Taught course

Arabic-English Interpreting and Translating

Heriot-Watt University · School of Management and Languages

Entry requirements

  1. Native / near-native command of English plus native / near-native command of Arabic.
  2. Good degree or equivalent in a relevant language subject. English language requirements Non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of their English language ability. This must be IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, with no element below 6.5. All suitable applicants will be interviewed via Skype or telephone.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is designed to provide students with the specialist training required to work as a professional interpreter and/or translator in a variety of professional contexts. Students work in both directions between Arabic and English and follow core modules covering:

  • Conference Interpreting (Arabic-English)
  • Translation Practice (Arabic-English)
  • Applied Professional Skills for Conference Interpreters
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies

In addition students choose an optional module in each semester. Students have the possibility to take a new language from scratch or to choose from a range of modules offered, including specialised translating and interpreting options (e.g. Liaison and Public Service Interpreting, Subtitling). The MSc dissertation is then completed between May and August. Students benefit from excellent facilities for interpreting and translating, including state-of-the-art interpreting and language laboratories, digital resources for interpreting, and a range of Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) software packages.

Information for international students

Applicants who are not native speakers of English are strongly advised to submit an IELTS score with their application.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
The School of Management and Languages offers fee abatement scholarships available annually for postgraduate taught students at the Edinburgh campus. The scholarships are worth £2000 each.
Details of these scholarships, as well as other funding opportunities, can be found in Heriot-Watt's online postgraduate prospectus at www.hw.ac.uk/student-life/scholarships/postgraduate-taught.htm

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Marion Winters
+44 (0)131 451 3284