MA Interpreting and Translation, Mandarin and English

Course outline

The MA is designed for native speakers of Chinese who have a high level of competence in English and wish to develop this further and native speakers of English who have a high level of competence in Chinese and wish to develop it further. It is also open to speakers of other languages than English and Chinese who have a high level of competence in both English and Chinese. The MA combines the theoretical, technological and practical training necessary for effective translation between English and Chinese. It also offers training and practice in bi-lateral interpreting between the two languages. The program is structured around a range of compulsory and elective modules. The compulsory modules provide the core skills and knowledge needed for translation and interpreting across a wide range of subjects, including the basic concepts of translation and interpreting theory.

Elective modules will enable students to develop skills and techniques needed for translation and interpreting in specific subject areas. The module Translation and Interpreting Dissertation/Project is specifically designed to provide students with a core module on advanced research skills in Translation Studies. In addition to modules in translation and interpreting, students will also take modules in advanced English or Chinese Language. Students can also choose from a number of optional modules that allow them to acquire or develop their knowledge of a language other than Chinese or English. During the summer, students can choose to go to Nottingham UK for a summer program.

Educational aims

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 and presentations by consecutive mode. Subject to performance in Semester 1, students will have the practice of 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, new technologies for translating and interpreting, key concepts of economics and business, technology, the 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 and experienced interpreters and translators.

Admission requirements

Applicants with English as a second language should have a good undergraduate degree in any subject and an IELTS score of 7 (with no less than 6 in any element) for admission to the one-year program. Applicants with Chinese as a second language should have a good undergraduate degree (Upper Second level or international equivalent) and a high level of competence in written and spoken Chinese, with an HSK score of 6. Applicants may be required to attend for interview and aptitude tests before admission to the program.

  • TOEFL paper-based 600 (no less than 4.5 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer-based 250 (no less than 4.5 in essay rating)
  • TOEFL iBT 100 (no less than 21 in any element)

Admission requirements for Chinese students

Applicants should offer a full transcript of their undergraduate studies but admission is based on the average of their second, third and fourth years of studies.

In order to apply for the one-year program, the minimum average score of key university graduates is 80, or top 10% in the class. The minimum average score for non-key university graduates is 85 or top 5% of the class.

Program outline

The program is made up of core modules in the theory and practice of interpreting and translation. In addition, students may take optional modules in specialist areas of interpreting and translation, and continue their study of a second foreign language. In the second semester, students will continue with both interpreting and translation but they will have the opportunity to specialize in one or the other through the Advanced Translation or the Advanced Interpreting modules. Admission to the modules will be subject to performance in the Professional Translation or Professional Interpreting modules in semester 1. Students will write a dissertation or complete an interpreting or a translation project for submission in September. The program will work closely with the Career Office in offering students the opportunity to undertake internships in summer in China, the UK or Europe with an international agency, public service sectors or private companies.

Course structure

Module code Name Credits Semester Compensatable

  • CS4101 Translation and Interpreting Theory 10 Autumn Y
  • CS4012 Advanced Chinese Discourse Skills (for international students only) 10 Autumn Y
  • CS4014 Advanced English Discourse Skills 10 Autumn Y
  • CS4301 Professional Translation 1 10 Autumn Y
  • CS4401 Professional Interpreting 1 10 Autumn Y
  • CS4003 Research Methodologies for Interpreting and Translation 10 Spring Y
  • CS4302 Professional Translation 2 10 Spring N
  • CS4402 Professional Interpreting 2 10 Spring N
  • CS4902 Translation and Interpreting Dissertation/project 60 Summer N

Optional modules group 1

Students must take 30 credits (20 credits in Autumn semester and 10 credit in Spring semester) from the options below

Module code Name Credits Semester Compensatable

  • N/A Second Foreign Language (Intermediate Level) a (French/German/Spanish/Japanese)* 10 Autumn Y
  • CS4501 Translating and Interpreting in International Management, Finance, and Economics 10 Autumn Y
  • CS4601 Translating and Interpreting in International Politics and Law 10 Autumn Y
  • CS4602 Translating and Interpreting in Communications, Culture, and Media 10 Autumn Y
  • N/A Second Foreign Language (Intermediate Level) b (French/German/Spanish/Japanese)* 10 Spring Y
  • CS4502 Translating and Interpreting in Engineering, Science and Technology 10 Spring Y
  • CS4004 IT for Translators 10 Spring Y

*Students taking a 'Second Foreign Language b' in Spring semester must have taken the same language in 'Second Foreign Language A' in Autumn semester.

Optional modules group 2

Students must take 20 credits from this group

Module Code Name Credits Semester Compensatable

  • CS4702 Advanced Translation 20 Spring N
  • CS4802 Advanced Interpreting 20 Spring N

Total 180 credits

Students must pass the non-compensatable taught components before proceeding to the dissertation or translation/interpreting project.

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