About the course
Building on our internationally-recognised expertise in the teaching of practical foreign language skills, our MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting offers written translation, oral interpreting and film and video subtitling in a single programme. Our course will build on the knowledge and skills you acquired in your previous qualifications. All your modules are compulsory. Our course is unique in the emphasis it places on hands-on training. With the help of native speakers you learn how to use your language skills to translate, interpret and subtitle effectively, using the latest industry-standard software, in a culturally sensitive way.
In Bilateral Interpreting II you will build your ability to interpret between two individual speakers further, learning to quickly move between two languages. Consecutive Interpreting II helps you to better remember blocks of speech and translate them into short, simple blocks of speech in the other language. You will also acquire strategies of effective note-taking. Simultaneous Interpreting II and Simultaneous Interpreting III will bring you to an excellent standard such that you can track speech and translate simultaneously, giving you a good knowledge of the terminology and typical constructions used in social, political, economic and commercial topics. You will also take Subtitling: Principles and Practice, Technical Translation, Technologies of Translation and Written Translation II. In the summer term you write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, to be submitted in September.
MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting should interest you if you want to build your language proficiency in Chinese and English and further develop your professional translation and interpreting techniques that will be required by employers. By the end of your studies, you will have developed the practical language and key skills necessary for employment in professional translation, interpreting and subtitling. Our course directly leads to a career in translation, interpreting and subtitling, in the media, business and tourism between the English-speaking world and China.
Why study MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting at Essex?
Our Department of Language and Linguistics offers you an outstanding teaching and research environment. At Essex you will experience a stimulating, but informal environment giving you many possibilities to pursue your own interests.
We are top 10 in the UK for research with the majority of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). This means you will be taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. We provide you with the ideal environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers.
With state-of-the-art equipment and internationally renowned staff on hand, we’ll help you excel in your work, graduating with all the skills employers are looking for.
Our new interpreting lab provides 10 booths to interpret conferences with up to 20 people. You also have access to the LTB 6 lab, a five-booth lab with the capacity to interpret lectures of up to 350 people. We are the only university in the East of England with an interpreting lab.
We also offer two multimedia language teaching labs with Melissi Digital Classroom software to help you to interpret, translate and subtitle media in a foreign language, equipped with top-of-the-range computers integrating audio-visual projectors and large screens.
Our Open Access Lab has satellite TVs with DVD players, so you have plenty of opportunities to watch the news and other programmes in foreign languages to help you practice the skills you are developing.
Our media studio allows opportunities for recordings with a small audience space, and is used for role plays, news reading, presentations and debates.
A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.
A full-time Masters course lasts for twelve months, starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms, and normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September. A part-time Masters course lasts for 24 months, normally starting in October, and consists of taught modules spread out over two years, with normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September of the second year. Each of the taught modules you take in the Department of Language and Linguistics counts for 15 credits. The total credit weighting for a Masters course is 180: 120 for taught modules and 60 for the MA dissertation. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as ‘second-cycle’ qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).
Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.
Your postgraduate study at Essex gives you an opportunity to develop your own ideas and interests, and to engage with thinking at the leading edge of your subject, as part of the research community in our Department of Language and Linguistics, and our wider academic and professional community.
As you are studying a non-science subject, then your teaching mainly takes the form of lectures and classes.
Your assessment is a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.
Teaching methods and styles
Our courses are designed to provide you with an advanced knowledge of contemporary theory, develop your research skills and build practical skills. The modules you take employ a variety of teaching methods with lectures that inform you, demonstrations that teach you skills and learning by teaching to develop your skills you learned through demonstrations. Our courses include both compulsory and optional modules, so the course can be tailored to fit your interests and aspirations.
If you are taking a Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma you do not need to do a dissertation.
If you are taking a Masters course, your 16,000-word dissertation allows you to focus in depth on your chosen topic from April onwards. This enables you to gain an in depth knowledge of an area that interests you, with close supervision by a member of staff within our Department.
Methods of assessment
Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, your eight one-term modules are assessed by coursework and you are also assessed on your 16,000-word dissertation, produced during the summer.
Seminars and conferences
Our Department of Language and Linguistics has a strong research group culture. We run a weekly departmental seminar, attended by both staff and students. These give you exposure to cutting-edge research on topical issues, provide a role model for your own presentations and give you the opportunity to meet up with speakers and discuss your own research and ideas with them.
Given the breadth of our provision within our Department of Language and Linguistics, career prospects for our graduates vary depending on the study undertaken but takers of our courses in translation and interpreting can use the skills gained to further their future career in this area.
A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. Recent surveys show that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level and less likely to be unemployed. For some jobs a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge. Our graduates go into a variety of jobs, where the key employability skills and knowledge they have gained through postgraduate study are put to good use.
Our Languages for All programme lets you study a language, alongside your course, at no extra cost. You can take one of 50 taught language modules on a part-time day-time basis, or undertake flexible web-based learning, or opt for a language module taught in the evening. As employers can struggle to find graduates able to speak more than one language, Languages for All places Essex graduates in a very advantageous position.
If you achieve your Masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree and many who graduate from Essex choose to stay here for research study. Some of our Masters may be taken as the first part of an Integrated PhD, leading to your PhD after a further three years of full-time study.
Support for postgraduates
Our University has a range of support services designed to help you to achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies. These form a co-ordinated network of support, and are an important part of your overall student experience at Essex.
Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.
Research study opportunities
Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we offer supervision for PhD and MPhil. Comprising 24 academic staff, we offer teaching and research supervision in: language acquisition, language learning and language teaching; culture and communication; psycholinguistics; language disorders; sociolinguistics; and theoretical and descriptive linguistics.
Our applicants may be considered if they possess the following: a 1st, 2:1 or high 2:2 degree and IELTS 7.5 (with 6.0 in writing) for native speakers of Chinese, and a qualification in translation and interpreting, or an equivalent level qualification in Chinese (for native speakers of English), and a qualification in translation and interpreting.
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