Many congratulations on securing your place to study at the University of Bath; I wish you continued success during your time with us.

As Director of Studies (DoS), responsible for the academic and operational management of the MA Interpreting and Translating (MAIT), MA Translation and Professional Language Skills (TPLS) , MA Translation with Business Interpreting (Chinese) (MATBI) programme, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the Department. Below you will find some information about the induction programme that has been arranged for you.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from Monday 24 September to Sunday 30 September. You will have an introductory meeting for all new students in the department during this week. This will give you the opportunity to meet your Director of Studies and your fellow students.

Support available in your Department

Although exciting, many students find that the transition to study at a new institution can be challenging. We are here to support you so please let us know if you are having any difficulties or have any concerns and we will do our very best to assist you through this transitional period. For support, you can contact:

All incoming students will also be allocated a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for providing pastoral and academic support. Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

We’ve put together some suggested texts to help you to read around the area of Translation and Interpreting before you commence your studies with us.

MAIT European stream – recommended before students start the programme

Roderick Jones: “Conference Interpreting Explained (Translation Practices Explained)” Hard copies and e-book available in library.

TPLS – recommended before students start the programme

Brian Mossop: “Revising and Editing for Translators (Translation Practices Explained)” Hard copies available in library.

MAIT European stream – the following are recommended once students have started the programme

  • Andrew Gillies: “Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting: A Short Course (Translation Practices Explained)”. Hard copies and e-book available in library.
  • Andrew Gillies: “Conference Interpreting: A Student's Practice Book”. Hard copies and e-book available in library.
  • Rozan: "La prise de notes en interpretation consecutive" French hard copy in library.

For TPLS students taking Public Service and Commercial Interpreting (PSCI)

  • Kirsty Heimerl-Moggan: "Note-taking for Public Service Interpreters" Hard copy available in library
  • Virginia Valencia: "Note-Taking Manual" Hard copy available in library.

For all PSCI students

  • Joan Colin: "Interpreters and the Legal Process". Hard copies and e-book available in library.
  • Ann Corsellis (Crossing the language barrier: developing bilingual provision in public services). Hard copy available in library.

Students should note that their teachers will talk through these books with students and students will not necessarily need to buy copies of these books.

MAIT (European stream) and TPLS

Your translation teachers will provide any recommended reading during the programme. This may take the form of selected chapters in a book which relates to a specific translation assignment – this is why recommended reading is not provided at the start of the programme.

MAIT – Chinese stream

The Course Directors will provide the MAIT Chinese stream with a recommended reading list during Induction Week.


The Course Director will provide the MATBI students with a recommended reading list during Induction Week.

Please note that these texts are only a recommendation and you are not required to purchase or read the full list.

Choosing your optional units

You will be asked to select your optional unit choices during Welcome Week via our Student Record system. You will find out more information about how to do this during your Departmental induction talks. However, you may like to look at the Programme Catalogues online before you arrive, so you can see the options available on your programme. The catalogue for the forthcoming academic year is available from the second week of August.

You can find more information about Welcome Week and things you can do in preparation for your arrival at Bath. These pages will be updated as the time draws closer to Welcome Week (particularly during September). Therefore, please do continue to visit these pages ahead of your arrival.

I very much look forward to meeting you at the end of September. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With very best wishes,

Nina Parish Director of Studies