Taught course

Conference Interpreting

University of Leeds · Centre for Translation Studies

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons), as well as an excellent command of English and one or more foreign languages. If you don’t have a degree, equivalent experience will be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications - please contact us for more information. IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in reading and writing and 7.5 in speaking and listening.

Months of entry


Course content


Develop high-level interpreting and translation skills on this challenging programme, where you’ll use state-of-the-art technology to gain the knowledge base and practical skills to succeed in the language services industry.

You’ll gain essential skills in interpreting, active listening and note-taking, then practice specialised consecutive and simultaneous interpreting in our conference suites. This two-language programme enables you to interpret from two other languages into English. You can choose from optional modules on topics such as genre analysis and machine translation, or specialised translation in your chosen language pair.

Contracted practitioners and leading academics come together in our centre for translation studies. Recommended by the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), this exciting programme will prepare you to succeed in a competitive sector.

Specialist Facilities

We have excellent facilities and resources to support your studies. Our conference suites are equipped with single and double interpreter booths, and a video link to practice remote interpreting. If you choose to study translation, the Electronic Resources and Information Centre (ERIC) will be the centre of your translation work, complete with 59 high-spec PCs and a wide range of specialist software for translation and subtitling.

The Centre for Translation Studies benefits from close links with organisations such as the Institute for translation and interpreting as well as the EU and UN (in Geneva and Vienna). This programme is regulated by a memorandum of understanding between the University and the Directorate General for Interpretation and Conferences of the European Parliament – a testament to our success in training conference interpreters.

Course Content

This programme focuses entirely on conference interpreting. Unlike the MA, translation modules are entirely optional and you don’t have to complete a summer project. Because this is the two-language programme, you’ll train to interpret from two other languages into English. We don’t offer training in any combination of languages that doesn’t include your first language.

In your first semester you’ll begin to develop your interpreting skills and be able to choose from optional modules on specialised translation, or topics related to our tutors’ research interests like public speaking and genre analysis in translation.

You’ll build on this in the following semester, when you’ll practice your skills in simultaneous and consecutive and bilateral interpreting.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see Centre website.
International students
Please see Centre website.

We have a generous range of funding available for postgraduate study. Find out more on the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships database here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 3234