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Interpreting (Chinese Pathway) MA

Interpreting (Chinese Pathway) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Chinese Languages Interpreting

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

Designed in collaboration with Dr Kevin Lin OBE, this unique course will train you to be ready for your first conference interpreter job upon graduation. Our MA has a strong practical component that responds to the needs of the interpreting market. It will give you advanced interpreting skills in all interpreting modes, including consecutive/simultaneous interpreting, chuchotage, sight translation, dialogue and distance interpreting. It also provides exceptional opportunities for simulated and industry-relevant interpreting experience.

We support ‘virtual internships’ which enable you to collaborate with language service providers and build a professional engagement portfolio that you can present to future employers.

What you will study

You will develop skills in all interpreting modes, note-taking and public speaking. Classes relating to the interpreting profession will give you the practical knowledge and organisational skills needed to perform interpreting tasks effectively.

The Specialist Translation module offers a conceptual and methodological framework for translating specialised texts and our optional modules will allow you to customise your learning experience.

Professional development

Our facilities will allow you to practise each interpreting mode in the most realistic environment. You will have access to two conference interpreting suites equipped with ISO-approved double interpreting booths, as used by international institutions, to practise simultaneous interpreting; a portable interpreting system for training in mobile interpreting (used for museum or factory tours); and a two-way and multipoint videoconferencing system to simulate remote or distance interpreting, with delegates and interpreters interacting over video link.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Local and international companies from the language industry who have an active interest in Surrey graduates come to our Centre for Translation Studies careers fair. They explain what current and future opportunities they have, providing a chance for you to engage with them directly and kick-start your career in an informal, friendly atmosphere.

Our emphasis on professional development, which includes participating in simulated classroom activities for remote interpreting and attending booth practice at IMO, means that you will be well-equipped to begin work as an executive interpreter or Chinese communication expert at international organisations, government bodies, and private companies.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module provides a systematic framework for understanding the major principles and challenges of translation and interpreting, the role of the translator and interpreter, and the nature of comprehension, decision-making and production processes involved in translation and interpreting. It enables students to apply this framework to practical translation and interpreting tasks.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in English or a related subject. You must be a native Chinese speaker to apply.

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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