Translation and interpreting

Fast and efficient communication is a necessity in today's globalised world.

Translation and interpreting
Integrate your undergraduate and postgraduate studies into one course, graduating with an Integrated Masters in Modern Languages in four years. 

You specialise in at least two modern languages, studying one to our highest Mastery level. Language study is combined from the third year with translation, interpreting and subtitling skills.

Translation and interpreting booths

We have state-of-the-art facilities including an interpreting lab which gives you the tools to become an expert in conference interpreting. We have an Autonomous learning lab where you can practice your interpreting and subtitling skills and use translation software on your own as well as simultaneous interpreting booths which will allow you to interpret live conferences and lectures of up to 350 people.

This facility, as well as our interpreting lab, are unique to the East of England, meaning you receive training from unique facilities.

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Why study here?
  • Gain an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in four years, including one year studying abroad.
  • We're one of the largest language and linguistics departments in the world.
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, intensity weighted GPA, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
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There is a huge demand for people who can work quickly in two or more languages. 

At Essex we focus on developing your practical ability to work between English and another language. We're Top 5 in the UK for social science research (REF 2014), a place where talented students become part of an academic community that undertakes world-leading research.

Depending on the course you choose, we offer a range of languages for you to study including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

Why study here?
  • Work in our new interpreting lab and UN-style conference interpreting booths.
  • Attend our mock interpreting conferences and join our interpreting field trips to London institutions.
  • Take part in guided visits to the translation and interpreting directorates of the EU.
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Georgiana's story

"Essex is the only university that offers translation, interpreting and subtitling all in one course; usually you have to pick one. I really enjoyed studying them in my undergraduate degree, and I didn’t want to limit myself at this point in my career. It’s better to have all the options now, rather than regretting that I wasn’t able to do them all. Later, I can specialise."

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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.