Taught course

Mass Media Translation

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University · Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Entry requirements

Academic background

Normally a good first degree in translation or English (where Chinese is your first language) or Chinese (where your first language is not Chinese). Applicants with a first degree in other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

Minimum entry requirements


  • Upper second class (2:1) honours

North America:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme

Other regions:

  • Equivalent academic qualifications

English language requirements

Normally a good first degree in translation or English (where Chinese is your first language) or Chinese (where your first language is not Chinese). Applicants with a first degree in other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum of 6.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 100

In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.

You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.

Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.

Chinese language requirements

Applicants who are not native speakers of Chinese are expected to meet the following Chinese language requirements:

  • A minimum of level five in HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) and TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language).

Individual cases will be considered on their own merits. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their English or Chinese proficiency.

Months of entry


Course content


The MA Mass Media Translation programme is designed to cater to the needs of both practitioners and those aspiring to pursue research in translation studies. The theoretical modules are intended to lay a stepping stone for those who wish to conduct further research in translation studies, or who are committed to a career in the discipline, whilst the practical modules aim to help students strengthen their skills in critical thinking, develop their bilingual and bicultural sensibilities and improve their translation, linguistics and bilingual media communication skills.

Why should I study Mass Media Translation at XJTLU?

  • The first MA in Mainland China specialised in bilingual media communication and translation training
  • A wide range of theoretical and practical modules to choose from
  • Taught by academic staff members of the translation and media and communication studies programmes, as well as other experts in the field.


Semester one:

  • Theory of translation studies
  • Journalism translation
  • Global media cultures
  • Contemporary media theories
  • Translation and technology.

Semester two:

  • Research methods
  • Public relations translation
  • Portrayal of China in Western Media
  • Discourse analysis
  • Audio-visual translation
  • Translating Chinese culture.

Semester three:

  • Dissertation
  • Translation project.

Additional learning activities:

The completion of additional learning activity is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.

ALAs may contain the following elements:

  • Graduate teaching or research assistantship
  • Discipline-related academic activities
  • English/Chinese modules
  • Work placements.


Upon graduation, you could choose either to become a professional translator or further your study in translation studies and start a career doing academic research in this field. There is growing demand for trained bilinguals of English and Chinese. You could work in any international environment where cross-cultural communication is needed. With an understanding of cross-cultural media communication and a mastery of English and Chinese, a wide range of work destinations are open to you in business, public relations, and media and journalism, teaching and administration.

Closing date for applications (for September 2017 entry)

30 June 2017 for international and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan

Information for international students

Visa for entry into China

There are a number of visas available to international students who want to study in China, depending on the duration of your intended period of study. Staff in our International Student Recruitment and Support team can advise you on the correct visa to apply for.

Please see the frequently asked questions. Students should contact us at ISRS@xjtlu.edu.cn for more information on their options.

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 90,000
International students
RMB 90,000


XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.

Alumni discount

If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.

Payment options

Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case a discount of five percent of the total fees will be offered.

You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.

Qualification and course duration


part time
30 months
full time
18 months

Course contact details

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