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MA

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12 months

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About Interpreting at Newcastle University

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:

  • translating
  • 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).

Placements

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.

Pathway

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
  • Translating
  • Translation Studies

Facilities

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

Study options for this course

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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/interpreting-ma/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

Stage one entry

A 2:1 honours degree or a degree with a minimum average of 75% (or GPA 2.75) on your transcript. In addition, we require native English speaking applicants to have good degree-level knowledge of Chinese. When applying, please enclose any evidence you may have to support your second language proficiency qualification. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have at least two years' full-time experience as a translator or an interpreter.

If your first language is not English you need IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in speaking and writing and 6.0 in listening and reading. Your qualification must be no more than two years old on starting the course. No equivalent English language qualifications are considered.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

If you meet the entry requirements for stage one, you will be registered on to the MA in Translating and Interpreting, starting at stage one. Upon successful completion of this stage, you will take one of the suitable pathways, according to your academic results and your personal preferences.

If you leave the MA after completing stage one, without proceeding to stage two, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting, subject to your academic results.

Stage 2 entry (advanced)

A 2:1 honours degree or a degree with a minimum average of 80% (or GPA 3.0) on your transcript. You must also have expert second-language knowledge.

If your first language is not English you need IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-sections. Your qualification must be no more than two years old on starting the course. No equivalent English language qualifications are considered.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

If you leave the MA after completing stage two, without proceeding to a dissertation or project, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Interpreting. This depends on your academic results.

International students

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