Taught course

Translating and Interpreting

Newcastle University · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

Stage 1 entry

  • 2:1 honours degree; or
  • a degree with a minimum average of 75% (or GPA 2.75) on your transcript.

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.

Native English speaking applicants to have good degree-level knowledge of Chinese. When applying, include evidence to support your second language proficiency qualification. You may need to take part in an interview in Chinese.

If you meet the entry requirements for Stage 1, you will be registered on the Translating and Interpreting MA. If you complete this stage, you will take one of the suitable Stage 2 pathways. The choice of pathway is according to your academic results and your personal preferences.

If you leave the MA after successfully completing Stage 1, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting.

Stage two entry (advanced)

  • 2:1 honours degree; or
  • a degree with a minimum average of 80% (or GPA 3.0) on your transcript.

You must also have expert second-language knowledge.

Months of entry


Course content

This master's in translation and interpreting uses English and Chinese as working languages.

This course has two stages. Each stage lasts one year. You can either:

  • join the course at Stage 1 and follow the two-year course
  • or join at Stage 2 and follow the one-year course (this depends on your previous qualifications and experience).

Stage 1 is made up of compulsory modules. You'll gain a thorough grounding in translation and interpreting skills and techniques.

By the end of Stage 2 you'll have acquired high-quality translation and interpreting skills. This master's prepares you for translation or interpreting careers in fields such as:

  • technology
  • commerce
  • international relations
  • journalism.

In Stage 2 you could also choose to follow another of our pathways if your interests or aspirations change:

  • Interpreting
  • Translating
  • Translation Studies.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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