Chinese-English Interpreting and Translating MSc/Diploma
- Delivery: Full Time, Part Time, Per course
- Programme type: Taught Programme
- Study location: Edinburgh
- Entry date: September
Our Chinese-English Interpreting and Translating programme is designed to provide students with the specialist training required to work as a professional interpreter and/or translator in a variety of professional contexts. Students work in both directions between Chinese and English and follow core subjects covering:
- Conference Interpreting (Chinese-English)
- Translation Practice (Chinese-English)
- Theoretical Foundations of Translating, Interpreting & International Politics with Text Practicies
- Translation & Interpreting Studies with Text Practices
In addition students choose an optional subject in each semester. This includes the option to study a new language from scratch or to choose from specialised interpreting and translating options..
Students benefit from excellent facilities for interpreting and translating, including state-of-the-art interpreting and language laboratories, digital resources for interpreting, and a range of Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) software packages.
|Mode of Study||MSc||PG Diploma|
|Full-time||12 months||9 months|
|Part-time||24 months||21 months
Heriot-Watt is a member of Conférence Internationale permanente d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI) which is an international association of university institutes with translation and interpretation programmes. CIUTI is dedicated to excellence in translation and interpretation — both in training and research. Membership requires fulfilment of strict quality criteria and is a distinct seal of quality.
Students work in both directions between Chinese and English.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Applied Professional Skills for Conference Interpreters||Conference Interpreting (Chinese-English)|
|Translation Practice 1 (Chinese-English)||Translation Practice 2 (Chinese-English)|
|Theoretical Foundations of Translating, Interpreting & International Politics with Text Practices||Translation and Interpreting Studies with Text Practicies|
|optional course||optional course|
Students choose an optional course in each semester from a range that includes beginners’ language options as well as professional specialisation options such as Liaison & Public Service Interpreting, Interpreting and Intercultural Communication, and Subtitling. The options available to you depend very much on your background.
Talks by guest speakers are an integral part of the MSc Interpreting and Translating programmes.
They cover a wide range of subject areas related to translating and interpreting, including academic, research and practical issues such as working as a freelance translator and setting up a translating business.
Mini-conferences enable students to experience interpreting in a 'live' conference situation. Half of the students provide simultaneous and consecutive interpretation for speeches. The other half participate actively in the discussion in their mother tongue. In the second hour of the conference students change from being participants to working in the booth and vice-versa.
- DegreeMSc Chinese-English Interpreting and Translating
- Present Job Chinese Translator with Direct Ferries
Tell us about your current job
I started this job as translator helping the company to translate their 2 major websites into Chinese. Now my job is more focused on the marketing and sales side of the Asian and Australian market. I also do some freelance translations and interpretation in my own time.
How is your work influencing tomorrow's world?
I would like to think I’m helping to spread information of this industry to the Asian market and maybe even be able to encourage Asian ferry operators to optimise and regulate the way they run the business.
What was your experience of doing a postgraduate degree at Heriot-Watt University?
It was probably the most enjoyable time of my life. I was away from home in a foreign country and there was so much to learn on this beautiful campus surrounded by amazing people and friendly helpful staff.
Do you think your Heriot-Watt postgraduate experience has given you an edge in your chosen field?
My MSc Chinese-English Interpreting and Translating qualification helped me get straight into freelance translation and interpreting. The actual translation and interpreting skills that we learnt from the course all proved to be very practical.
What advice would you give to a PG student considering embarking on their journey at Heriot-Watt?
It’s a quick and intensive year! Show your interest and determination and the staff will be there to help you make the most out of it. You’ll have no regrets!
1. Native / near-native command of English plus native / near-native command of Chinese
2. Good degree or equivalent in a relevant language subject.
Non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of their English language ability. This must be IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, with no element below 6.5.
All suitable applicants will be interviewed via Skype or telephone.
Applicants who do not have a sufficient level of intercultural skills or sufficient experience in academic writing in the British context may be admitted to the two-year programme, in which the first year is spent studying academic English and background courses for translating and interpreting.
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£6210||£3430||£860|
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
Additional fee information
The fees shown above are for September 2014 entry.
Scholarships & bursaries
- Alumni Scholarship Scheme
- Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
- Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
- Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
- East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
- Esmee Fairbairn Scholarship in Investment Management(SML)
All applicants to MSc Investment Management who have accepted their offer of a place on the programme by 30th June 2014.
- Esmee Fairbairn Scholarship (Rest of UK)(SML)
All applicants who pay the Rest of UK fee level and have accepted their offer of a place on a postgraduate taught programme in the School of Management and Languages by 30th June 2014.
- Esmee Fairbairn Scholarship (Scottish/ EU)(SML)
All applicants who pay the Scottish/EU fee level and have accepted their offer of a place on a postgraduate taught programme in the School of Management and Languages by 30th June 2014.
- Ian Rushbrook Scholarship(SML)
MSc Investment Management students only
- Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
- Local Education Authority Awards
- Mexican Scholarships
- Music Scholarships
- Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
See SAAS residence conditions.
- Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
- Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
- Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
- SML International Merit Scholarship (India)(SML)
All Indian applicants who pay the overseas fee level, have accepted their offer of a place on a postgraduate taught programme in the School of Management and Language, and have paid their deposit (where applicable) by 30th June 2014.
- SML International Merit Scholarship (Norway)(SML)
All Norwegian applicants who pay the overseas fee level and who have accepted their offer of a place on a postgraduate taught programme in the School of Management and Languages by 30th June 2014.
- SML International Merit Scholarship (Overseas)(SML)
All applicants who pay the overseas fee level, have accepted their offer of a place on a postgraduate taught programme in the School of Management and Languages, and have paid their deposit (where applicable) by 30th June 2014.
- Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
- Sports Scholarships
- Staff Scholarships
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
- The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship Programme
All currently enrolled students
- The Muirhead Trust
Scottish, female applicants for science and engineering courses
- Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme(SML)
Available for specified MSc programmes only and for nationals of specified countries.
- West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.