London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

This is a vocational course grounded in theory and practice and specifically set up to train professional interpreters. The course offers you an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the theoretical and professional frameworks of interpreting applied to a range of interpreting types: Public Service Interpreting and Conference Interpreting. Remote Interpreting (telephone and video'conferencing) is embedded in the course. A key part of the course is a work placement during which you will perform live interpreting tasks under supervision and shadow professional interpreters at work. The course offers a wide range of language combinations paired with English: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese. Further language combinations with English may also be available, such as Arabic, subject to demand, staff expertise and availability. In the past we have offered Romanian, Dari and Lithuanian.

Course Modules

Students complete 6 core modules and a dissertation or research project of 15,000 words. The modules are: The interpreter's skills and tools; interpreting theories and research for interpreters; conference interpreting module 1; the interpreter's professional environment and work placement; public service interpreting (health or legal option); conference interpreting module 2.

Course Additional Entry

Candidates should normally have: A 2.1 1st degree (or a 2.2 with professional experience in interpreting). Candidates with substantial experience as a professional interpreter but no degree will be considered; Certificate and Diploma level: English and 1 other language. MA level: English and 1 or 2 other languages; Near'native proficiency in their 1st foreign language (language B) and/or a good command of their 2nd foreign language (language C); A very good command of English. 1 of the following qualifications is required: Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade AM. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £9,810  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £1,090  Credit module. First year home fees