MA in Interpreting and Translation, Mandarin and English

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Program Description

MA in Interpreting and Translation, Mandarin and English

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

MA in Interpreting and Translation, Mandarin and English

As China raises its international profile in the spheres of economics, politics and culture, it has declared high-level training for specialist translators and interpreters as one of the country's educational priorities. In line with the Chinese Ministry of Education's recent introduction of a new framework for masters degrees in Translation and Interpreting (MTI), the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China has established an Interpreters' Institute that will recruit its first postgraduates in September 2008.

Educational Aims

In the first instance the Institute will offer an MA in Interpreting and Translation in Mandarin and English. Further languages will be combined with Mandarin in each successive year. The degree aims to train students who already possess high-level English and Mandarin language skills to professional levels of competence in interpreting and translation. Graduates from the course will be capable of interpreting across a wide range of subjects involving dialogues at specialist consultations. They will also be capable of interpreting presentations by the consecutive mode and, subject to performance in Semester 1, will have an introduction to simultaneous interpreting. Graduates will be capable of translating across a wide range of subjects and have a sound conceptual understanding of the material being translated.

The course will raise students' language skills to a higher level, introduce students to interpreting and translation theory, the new technologies for translating and interpreting, key concepts of economics and business, technology and ICT, media and culture. Students will also have the opportunity to continue a second foreign language from intermediate level. Teaching will be enhanced with input from professional interpreters and translators, and the Interpreters' Institute will seek accreditation for the degree from Chinese and British professional bodies.


This course requires a second class honours in the first division (2:1) or GPA of at least 3.2-3.4.

It also requires a high proficiency in Chinese Language.

Minimum English Language Requirement

  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any element or
  • TOEFL (paper based) 600 + TWE no less than 4.5 or
  • TOEFL (computer based) 240 + TWE no less than 4.5 or
  • TOEFL (IBT) 100 (minimum 19 in any element)

For lower English levels, you may complete the course in 2 years.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 16, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
90,000 CNY
Start date Sept. 2016
China Ningbo
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 90,000 CNY
Ningbo govt scholarship 33%