Taught course

Translating and Interpreting

Institution
Newcastle University · School of Modern Languages
Qualifications
MA

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 to have good degree-level knowledge of Chinese. When applying, please enclose any evidence you may 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. If your first language is not English require 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 on starting the course. No other English language qualifications are accepted. If you meet the entry requirements for stage one, you will be registered on to the MA in Translating and Interpreting. If you complete this stage, you will take one of the suitable stage two pathways. The choice of pathway is according to your academic results and your personal preferences. If you leave the MA after successfully completing stage one, 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

September

Course content

The Translating and Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You will acquire high-quality translating and interpreting skills, so you may enter the translating or interpreting 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:

  • Interpreting
  • Translating and Interpreting (this pathway)
  • Translating
  • Translation Studies
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 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills) 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 on starting the course.

Stage two Direct Entry: IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-sections. This qualification must be no more than two years old on starting 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

MA

full time
12 or 24 months

Course contact details

Name
Aisling Hood, Postgraduate Officer, School of Modern Languages
Email
modlang.pgadmin@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 5867