The Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You will acquire high-quality interpreting skills, spoken rather than written transfer, so you may enter the 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:
- 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.
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.
Depending on different focuses, you take further optional modules that cover: a sight translation exercise; bi-lateral interpreting; English-Chinese subtitle translation; and literary translation. Direct entry to this stage is possible if you meet the Stage two entry requirements.
Assessment is by examination, practical assessments, class and seminar presentations, essays or assignments and other submitted work (including a dissertation or project).
We organise study visits and/or internship work placements for our translating and interpreting students.
There are study visits to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the Directorate General for Interpreting of the European Commission in Brussels.
We also help our students to participate in conferences as interpreters, or take up translation assignments, when opportunities arise.
The suite of translating and interpreting Master's courses share a common first year, with a choice of pathways in the second year:
- Interpreting (this pathway)
- Translating and Interpreting
- Translation Studies
Our facilities include:
- a postgraduate common room
- three dedicated interpreting suites
- professional translation software
- the Language Resource Centre, equipped with audio-visual and computing facilities linked to a digital speech bank