Taught course

Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling

University of Essex · Department of Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

Native English speakers We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above, or equivalent, in French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Native French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish speakers Our applicants should have a 2:2 degree, or equivalent, which includes English as a major component. If you have a joint honours degree (eg. Business Studies with English), your performance in the English component must be of a good standard. Non-native speakers In case of non-native speakers, applicants need to have a near native speaker competence in English (level C1-C2) or applicants should have completed their higher education studies in an English speaking country and have an overall grade of 2:1 and above, or equivalent, in French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to use your knowledge of a foreign language professionally. Our MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling will introduce you to the techniques of professional translation, interpreting and subtitling, so quickly develop your ability to use those techniques to translate, interpret and subtitle accurately and quickly. Our hands-on training includes working with native speakers of your chosen language and becoming familiar with the technologies used by professionals in their everyday work. As a graduate of this course, your practical language skills will be in great demand from employers around the world. We offer this course in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Our Department of Language and Linguistics offers an outstanding teaching and research environment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), we were rated as producing the highest proportion of world-leading linguistics research of any university in the UK and we were ranked ninth in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey.

Our students are taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. This means we provide an active and stimulating environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9-12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (16000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719