Interpreting and Translating MA

1 year full-time Chinese, starting in September 2019

You can apply for this course from September 2018.

Equip yourself to work as a professional interpreter and/or translator on this highly respected master's, which can include a placement.

Our MA Interpreting and Translating is designed to give you strong grounding and all the practical skills you need to work as a conference interpreter and professional translator at an international level.

You must have an excellent understanding of two languages and can choose from one of two pathways:

  • path 1 allows you to work with two other languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish) into English
  • path 2 allows you to work in both directions between Chinese/English or Russian/English

Depending on your languages and whether you wish to work solely into English or in both directions.

This master's has been running for over 40 years and is highly respected internationally for the quality of the training. Many Bath graduates have gone on to work in organisations such as the EU and UN, as well as other language services around the world.

The course covers professional translation and different types of interpreting, including simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and liaison in both public and commercial settings.

You'll have access to the latest digital interpreting suites, and will participate in mini-conferences to put your skills into practice, holding debates on controversial topics and acting as both delegate and interpreter.

In many cases we can arrange a placement in an international organisation such as the EU and UN or other independent agency, giving you first-hand experience of the workplace and valuable contacts for building your career. Bath has a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN and European Parliament for training interpreters and translators, which means their trainers visit us regularly. This will give you an insight into the skills needed to work in those organisations.

The course is taught by highly experienced tutors who have all worked as professional translators and interpreters themselves. Many have interpreted for heads of state and government ministers, and work for international organisations. As such, they can share a wealth of experience with you and provide useful connections, including potential job opportunities.

You will leave with:

  • a proven ability to work with varied and challenging texts and speeches, providing a strong foundation for working at an international level
  • practical skills, such as experience of working to deadlines and using style guides
  • contacts with potential employers and colleagues from your placement
  • contacts with our strong alumni network of linguists who work in international organisations, private bodies and independent agencies
  • evidence of translation skills, including the 10,000-word translation and 5,000-word commentary you'll complete at the end of the taught part of the course

Placements

Through our extensive network of contacts we try to organise placements for all students with the language services of international organisations, government departments or translation companies. They provide an invaluable insight into the work of professional linguists and are highly valued by employers. However, they are not compulsory and not always guaranteed.

Our students have previously undertaken placements with:

  • the United Nations
  • institutions of the European Union
  • the Council of Europe

Graduate prospects

The MA Interpreting and Translating is a highly vocational course with a worldwide reputation for training professional translators and conference interpreters. Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. While some have found rewarding jobs in smaller companies and institutions, or chosen to work as freelancers, many have gone on to pursue stimulating careers as professional translators and interpreters with major international organisations.

Bath graduates have gone on to work for the following organisations:

  • Deloitte (London, Cardiff, Shanghai and Beijing)
  • Emirates Airline
  • Foreign Office
  • Gazprom Germania Gmbh
  • Industrial & Commercial Bank of China
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • International Court of Justice
  • International Maritime Organisation
  • McKinsey
  • Ministry of Defence
  • NATO
  • People’s Insurance of China
  • United Nations in Geneva, Vienna and New York

Many graduates have also worked at universities in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Course brochure

You can download a brochure for this course.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2019 and ends in 2020. Induction week starts on 23 September 2019.


Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Students must select two optional units from the combination of options available in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Learning and assessment


Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination

Entry requirements


Origin of qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

British qualifications

You should have a bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for the Chinese pathway, you must normally have mother tongue competence in Chinese or English.

To apply for the Russian pathway, you must normally have mother tongue competence in Russian or English.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall with no less than 7 in the speaking component and no less than 6.5 in the writing, listening and reading components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 73 overall with no less than 65 in the speaking element and no less than 58 in the writing, listening and reading elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 108 overall with a minimum of 27 in the speaking component and a minimum of 24 in the writing, listening and reading components.

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Chinese qualifications

A four-year Bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 80% depending on the institution attended.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall with no less than 7 in the speaking component and no less than 6.5 in the writing, listening and reading components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 73 overall with no less than 65 in the speaking element and no less than 58 in the writing, listening and reading elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 108 overall with a minimum of 27 in the speaking component and a minimum of 24 in the writing, listening and reading components.

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Taiwanese qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 75-80% (GPA 3.3-3.5 or B) depending on the university attended.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall with no less than 7 in the speaking component and no less than 6.5 in the writing, listening and reading components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 73 overall with no less than 65 in the speaking element and no less than 58 in the writing, listening and reading elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 108 overall with a minimum of 27 in the speaking component and a minimum of 24 in the writing, listening and reading components.

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding


Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for postgraduate courses.

Extra costs

There is a one off £50 application fee for this course. You can pay this through the online store.

There is a course deposit of £250 payable upon receipt of an offer of a place to study (offset against your course fees). You can pay this through the online store.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

If you have an offer for the Russian variant of this course, then you can apply for our MA Interpreting and Translating scholarship.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information


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