Translation and Interpreting, M.A.

Translation and Interpreting, M.A.

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  • 12 months


The Translation and Interpreting Translation and Interpreting MA from the University of Westminster will provide you with professional training aimed at the translation and interpreting markets, building on your existing language skills to develop a career in those sectors.

The course involves translation as well as conference and public service interpreting between one main language (Chinese, French, Italian, Polish or Spanish) and English. You will learn how to research specialised subjects for professional translation and interpreting purposes and hone your translation and interpreting skills by extensive practice, applying insights drawn from the study of linguistics and translation and interpreting theory as well as from professional practice.

 You will complete a Translation or Interpreting Project or a Research Thesis. You will also be able to choose from a range of option modules that will, for example, give you an introduction to audiovisual translation, intercultural communication, or sociolinguistics, or enable you to acquire a working knowledge of another language for translation purposes.

You will be able to benefit from our wide range of resources, including an extensive collection of volumes and electronic materials in our library, a state-of-the-art language lab and extensive conference interpreting facilities, and additional resources made available through the University's Virtual Learning Environment. Our teaching staff includes full and part-time lecturers, all with expertise in translation and interpreting and in other specialist fields. You will be allocated a personal tutor and be given academic guidance by the course team.

The course emphasis is on practical training in translation and interpreting, developing your skills to a high level and learning about the professional environments. If you are a native speaker of English, your translation modules will involve both institutional and technical translation from French, Italian, Polish or Spanish into English. If you are native speaker of Chinese, French, Italian, Polish or Spanish, your translation modules will cover institutional translation from and into your native language (commonly referred to as your 'first' or 'main' language).

You will also study conference and public service interpreting, and learn new relevant skills through the option modules. You will also complete a research-based MA Thesis or an MA Translation or Interpreting Project. 

Your studies are further supported by regular student-led interpreting practice sessions and mock conferences, blended learning provision on developing your professionalism, weekly lectures on the theoretical concepts and principles of translation and interpreting, introductory workshops to a range of translation memory tools, and guest lectures and workshops delivered by external speakers from industry and international institutions.

Career Path

The Translation and Interpreting MA has an excellent graduate employment record. Many of our graduates have developed careers as in-house or freelance translators in the corporate sector and in international organisations such as the United Nations and the European Commission, or as freelance interpreters in the public and private sector.

Other graduates work as project or vendor managers within the language industry, or as subtitlers, editors, revisers, proofreaders, or terminologists.

Our membership of the European Graduate Placement Scheme and Elia Exchange ensures that we can assist our students in securing high-quality work placements both during the course and following graduation. We are also a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and have a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations on cooperation in the training of language professionals for the UN language competitive examinations.


The University of Westminster is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, the Conférence Internationale permanente d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI), Elia Exchange, and the UN MoU Network, a group of international signatories to a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations on cooperation in the training of language professionals for the UN.

Programme Structure

Core modules
  • Conference Interpreting
  • Public Service Interpreting
  • Main Language Institutional Translation (Into Your First Language)
  • Main Language Technical Translation (Native Speakers of English Only)
  • Second Language Institutional Translation (Native Speakers of Chinese, French, Italian, Polish or Spanish Only)
  • MA Interpreting Project or MA Translation Project or MA Thesis
          Option modules
          • Analysing Conference and Public Speeches
          • Analysing Spoken and Written Discourse
          • Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT)
          • Editing: Principles and Practice
          • Intercultural Communication
          • International Liaison
          • International Organisations and Institutional Discourse
          • Introduction to Audiovisual Translation
          • Introduction to Translation Project Management
          • Main Language Technical Translation (Native Speakers of French, Italian, Polish or Spanish Only)
          • Second Language Technical Translation (Native Speakers of French, Italian, etc.)
          • Sociolinguistics


                                  • Bing Fu - Senior Lecturer 
                                  • Lindsay Bywood - Senior Lecturer 
                                  • Rosabel Chung - Lecturer 
                                  • Dr Elsa Huertas Barros - Lecturer 
                                  • Juliet Vine - Lecturer 
                                  • Dr Cangbai Wang - Senior Lecturer 

                                          Detailed Programme Facts

                                          • More details: There are no official deadlines for applications to the University of Westminster.
                                          • Programme intensity

                                            You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                            • Full-time duration 12 months
                                            • Average part-time duration 24 months
                                            • Intensity Flexible
                                            • Part-time variant
                                          • Languages
                                            • English
                                          • Delivery mode
                                            On Campus

                                          English Language Requirements

                                          You need the following IELTS score:

                                          • Minimum required score:


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                                          Academic Requirements

                                          You need the following GPA score:

                                          Required score: First Class

                                          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to First Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                          • You should have a good first degree in modern languages or another subject, although mature linguists without a degree but with sufficient experience in translation and/or interpreting are also invited to apply. 
                                          • All applicants take an entry test consisting of written and oral components. If you are successful in the entry tests, we will interview you in person or on the telephone to determine if the Translation and Interpreting MA is right for you. The course is open to native speakers of Chinese, English, French, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.
                                          • Note: The January entry iteration of this course is only available to native Chinese speakers. The September entry iteration is available to all language combinations.

                                          Tuition Fee

                                          • International Applies to you

                                            15000 GBP/year
                                            Tuition Fee
                                            Based on the original amount of 15000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                          • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                            9000 GBP/year
                                            Tuition Fee
                                            Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                                          Part time:
                                          • Home/EU: £4,500
                                          • Overseas: £7,500

                                          Living costs for London

                                          • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                                            Living Costs

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