Taught course

Business Translation and Interpreting (Chinese-English)

University of Essex · Department of Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

An aptitude test will be arranged for PG diploma Chinese-English Translation interpreting students who are seeking to progress to this programme. For applicants making a direct application to this programme, our requirements are:

  • We will consider applications with an overall degree grade of 2:2 and above.
  • Passing the interview with one of the selectors.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you interested in mastering the technologies and professional strategies required to become a fully-fledged Chinese-English translator and interpreter for the business industry? Our MA introduces you to techniques and technologies that significantly develop your language skills so you can deliver professional translation and interpretation.

Our hands-on training familiarises you with the latest technologies used by professionals in their everyday work. You will practice all types of interpreting (consecutive, simultaneous and whisper) required in all business settings, and gain knowledge of the commercial world as well as communication and negotiation skills. You also learn business operations, essential for a freelance professional translator.

You study topics including:

  • simultaneous interpreting
  • business interpreting
  • specialised translation
  • translation technologies.

We are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, placing us firmly within the top 10 departments in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and ranked among the top 150 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings 2016 for linguistics.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Information for international students

English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 1206 872719