University of Surrey

University of Surrey


The need for interpreting is growing and evolving due to globalisation and migration trends. Thus the long-standing demand for qualified conference interpreters is complemented by a growing demand for professionals who are qualified to work in the business, legal and healthcare sectors. Learning from professionals and academics in a supportive environment, you will join a programme which covers the main principles, specific techniques and professional requirements of interpreting. The programme offers research led teaching and hands-on professional practice in all modes of interpreting required by the private market and different types of institutions.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a UK 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent, in the relevant language or another relevant subject (e.g. translation, law, criminology, forensic linguistics, healthcare, business studies, international or area studies. Speakers of other languages: An equivalent to a minimum of a UK 2.2 Honours degree in English or another relevant subject. In exceptional cases, alternative qualifications and professional experience may be considered. Non-native speakers of English will also normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent), with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking, and 6.0 in all other components. A subsequent condition for all applicants meeting these requirements is the successful completion of an interpreting aptitude test. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS overall score of 6.5. Reading: 6.0/writing: 6.5/speaking: 6.5/listening: 6.0.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Consecutive and dialogue interpreting 1 and 2; simultaneous interpreting 1 and 2; interpreting studies; interpreting projects; consecutive and dialogue interpreting 1 and 2 (in another language pair); dissertation. Optional modules: Interpreting and society; public service interpreting (PSI) trends and issues; research methods in translation studies; corpora in translation/interpreting practice and research.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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