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MA|Postgraduate Taught


Entry year
Entry requirements
2.2 (minimum 55%)
1 year (Full-time)
Places available
TBC (Full Time)

This MA in Interpreting is designed to provide students with:

- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the contexts and practices of professional interpreting, enabling students to develop the skills upon which professional interpreter competence is predicated.
- Competence in autonomous and lifelong learning, which enables students to apply the interpreting, communication, and learning skill set they have acquired to any other career of their choice, including starting their own business as a freelancing professional.
- Advanced expertise in their language pairs.
- In-depth knowledge of the language-services market place.
- Appropriate opportunities in professionally-based practice.

Interpreting highlights

Internationally Renowned Experts

You will be taught by staff with professional experience in various fields and research profiles of international standing, with a wide and diverse range of interests in interpreting and translation studies.
In REF 2021, 88% of research submitted by Queen’s has been assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School hosts several large research projects across all the language areas, funded by the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, and Horizon 2020.

Career Development

Graduates can pursue careers that require translation/interpreting and bilingual skills, cross-culture awareness, technological savvy, interpersonal skills, and, most importantly, the ability to self-teach needed skills in a rather short time. We have graduates working in a range of areas, e.g., academia, creative writing, translation and interpreting industry, public policy, business and commerce and journalism, and in many other industries, e.g., technology, finance, engineering, construction, international trade, foreign affairs, marketing, law, medicine, pharmaceutics, (video) gaming, fashion, and tourism. The programme also includes specialist training in translation technologies and offers opportunities for work experience.

Student Experience

There are field visits to our industry partners, including Keywords Studios, a world-known game localisation provider, and the European Union (Directorate-General for Translation and Interpretation). You can also attend the workshops delivered by industry professionals in various fields, e.g., game localisation, audio description, translation and translation technology, post-editing, and actor training and interpreting, and weekly seminars with renowned visiting speakers.

Professional Accreditations

Students who complete the additional module Principles in Community Interpreting are eligible for the award of a OCN Level 4 certificate in Principles of Community Interpreting.

Student Testimonials

Course Structure

Course structure below.

Course Details

The programme introduces students to the contexts and environments in which professional interpreters work and to the research techniques and modes of practice required by these contexts. Delivered through a combination of seminars, workshops, guided private study, a programme of visiting speakers and appropriate professional practice, the structure of the programme enables students to work at the highest professional level. Please note that only the Chinese-English language pair will be offered for 2024 entry.


The dissertation will either be an extended essay on an aspect of interpreting theory and practice; or a case study documenting an extended interpreting engagement.

Semester 1 Modules

Consecutive Interpreting (20 CATS)
Simultaneous Interpreting (20 CATS)

Semester 1 and 2 Module

Principles and Practices of Interpreting (40 CATS)

Semester 2 Modules

Commercial Interpreting (20 CATS)
Public Service Interpreting (20 CATS)

People teaching you

Senior Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting


Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting


Professor of Translation and Interpreting


Contact Teaching Hours

Medium Group Teaching

0 (hours maximum)
Additional tutorial workshops 2-4 hrs per week

Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial

0 (hours maximum)
Lectures/Seminars 2-4 hrs per week. Tutorials 6-8 hrs per week.

Teaching Times

Mornings and afternoons. Occasional optional weekend training sessions.

Learning and Teaching


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Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

  • Practical interpreting assignments
  • Essays
  • Research projects




The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2023/24). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

  • Year 1

    Core Modules

    Dissertation (60 credits)

    Optional Modules

Entrance requirements


Normally a strong 2.2 Honours degree (with minimum of 55%) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline.

A 2.2 Honours degree below 55% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) may be acceptable with relevant professional experience. Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours degree standard may be considered if they can demonstrate a minimum of three years relevant professional experience.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

If you would like further informal advice, please contact course convenor Dr Chen-En Ho at

Please note that only the Mandarin-English language pair will be offered for 2024 entry. Students must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in both languages.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 16th August 2024 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

International Students

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English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.



Career Prospects


Careers in interpreting and translation can be both highly intellectual and extremely rewarding in a practical sense. In addition to international organisations, interpreters and translators can find employment in a range of roles in diverse companies or work as freelancers for agencies and/or direct clients. Professional interpreting and translation skills are valued in many areas of employment, notably banking and finance, politics, NGOs, publishing, libraries, arts venues, management consultancy, law, and jobs in engineering and manufacturing, due to their international client base. Interpreters and translators are also required in a wide range of other activities and lines of work, including aiding police investigations and other security services, supporting migrant communities, conference proceedings, sports events, and governmental communications.

Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £7,300
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £7,300
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250
EU Other 3 £21,500
International £21,500

1EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

How do I fund my study?

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £6,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance - please check this link regularly, even after you have submitted an application, as new scholarships may become available to you.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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When to Apply

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

Terms and Conditions

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