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Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Interpreting

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The Interpreting MA covers both professional and academic training. You gain 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.

This course has two stages lasting one year each. You can either:

join the course at Stage 1 and follow the two-year course
or join at Stage 2 and follow the one-year course. This depends on your previous qualifications and experience.

If you join at Stage 1, you 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 Stage 2. If you meet the entry requirements, you can start the course at Stage 2.

In Stage 2 you can follow one of four pathways:

Interpreting (this pathway)
Translating and Interpreting
Translating
Translation Studies

In Stage 2 you take compulsory modules and optional modules. You also complete either a dissertation or a translating/interpreting project. 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.

Assessment

Assessment is by:

examination
practical assessments
class and seminar presentations
essays
assignments and other submitted work
a dissertation or project.

Modules

This module aims to: Introduce the nature of oral interpreting between languages, the skills required, the training methods, the profession and the working environment; Consolidate the foundation for students to develop the professional interpreting skills in order to confidently select and undertake consecutive interpreting assignments; Introduce the general principles of Consecutive Interpreting as well as more advanced interpreting skills and exercises and Provide more experience in consecutive interpreting and sight interpreting exercises, preparing for the more advanced interpreting training in the second year.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,800

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£18,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

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

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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