Entry requirements

Stage one entry: 2:1 honours degree OR a degree with a minimum average of 75% (or GPA 2.75) on your transcript. Native English speaking applicants need to have good degree-level knowledge of Chinese. When applying, upload any evidence you have to support your second language proficiency qualification. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The Translating MA covers both professional and academic training. You will acquire high-quality translating skills, ie written rather than spoken transfer, so you may enter the translating profession in fields such as technology, commerce, international relations and journalism.
This course uses English and Chinese as working languages.
Stage one is common to the suite of Masters' courses in Translating and Interpreting. You will 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 the second year you can follow one of four pathways:

In stage two you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also complete either a dissertation or a translating/interpreting project. You may decide, with the Degree Programme Director’s recommendation, to focus on interpreting or translating.

Information for international students

Stage one direct entry: IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in speaking and writing and 6.0 in listening and reading. This qualification must be no more than two years old when you start the course.

Stage two direct entry: ELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-sections. This qualification must be no more than two years old when you start the course.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 or 24 months

Further details of qualification

Due to heavy demand we require a non-refundable deposit of £500 when you accept your offer. This will be offset against the tuition fees at registration. Applications submitted after the end of February will be subject to availability of places.

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages
+ 44 (0) 191 208 5867