Chinese/English Translation & Interpreting MA


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MA Chinese/English Translation & Interpreting
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent) 58% grade point average for UK degrees
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course combines the theoretical, technological and practical training necessary for effective translation.
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This interdisciplinary course 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.

In addition to core modules in translation and interpreting, you will also take modules in advanced English or Chinese Language. You can also choose from a number of optional modules that allow you to acquire or develop your knowledge of a language other than Chinese or English. You can also progress your existing expertise for technical translation purposes or acquire knowledge in a different area (eg. management).

Key facts

  • Modules in English Language offer preparation for the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or the Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English
  • This course is designed for native speakers of Chinese who have a high level of competence in English and wish to develop this further
  • The MA is also open to native speakers of English who have a high level of competence in Chinese
  • The course is taught between the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies and the Centre for English Language Education, thereby drawing on the individual strengths and expertise available within each school
  • You have the opportunity to complete a targeted translation project in the summer in your preferred area of translation.

Course details

See the MA Chinese/English Interpreting and Translation website 

for more information.

This course can be taken over one year full-time.

The full-time course is taught from the end of September to the following June. You will then spend another three months preparing your dissertation or a targeted translation project with commentary for submission by the end of September. If the appropriate arrangements can be made, your project may be a practical exercise undertaken during a placement with a local public body or charity.

While you will receive generic training in the theory and practice of translating and interpreting, this course is dedicated to translation and interpreting between the specific languages and cultures of English and Chinese. You will therefore be able to target specific theoretical, technical and practical issues relating to this particular culture interface.



Compulsory modules offered have included:

  • Introduction to Translation Theory
  • Practical Translation
  • Bi-lateral Interpreting
  • Technological Tools for Translators
  • English (or Chinese) for Language Professionals
  • Targeted Translation Project
For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

More information about funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



The emergence of China as a global economic superpower means that there is now a demand for graduate students in and outside China who have the necessary knowledge to understand contemporary China and her role in an international context.

This course has been designed to develop professional translators between English and Chinese and interpreters mediating between the languages.

It is also suitable for Chinese teachers of English wishing to enhance their qualifications.

In addition, you will be ideally placed to embark on a research career – either within the UK, where contemporary China this is a rapidly expanding area of interest, or at a Chinese research institution.

You will also have the communication skills necessary to pursue a career in any area that requires an in-depth knowledge of contemporary China and the Chinese language, such as large multi-national corporations operating in China, as well as Chinese companies operating outside of the country.

Average starting salary and career progression

According to independent research, Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and over 2,000 employers approach the University every year with a view to recruiting our students. Consequently – and owing to our reputation for excellence – more than 94% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts enter employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation**.

* The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High Fliers Research.

** Data is taken from known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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