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Conference Interpreting MA

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Degree awarded
12 Months [Full-Time] , 24 Months [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

An Upper Second class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. Applicants must demonstrate (i) native or near-native competence in English and native or near-native competence in Arabic, Chinese, French, German or Spanish, or (ii) native competence in English and degree-level competence in two from French, German or Spanish. Holders of degrees in non-language related fields will also be considered but need to demonstrate the required language competence. Relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis if appropriate.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Limited places are available in MACINT. We strongly recommend candidates to start their application at an early date.
How to apply

For details on how to apply, go to: Apply online

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The  MA in Conference Interpreting (MACINT) aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills for a career in conference interpreting.

Students will offer one of two profiles, reflecting the two distinct profiles of practising conference interpreters.

Profile 1: designed for students who have English as their native language (A language) and two passive foreign languages (C languages). These students will be trained in both types of interpreting out of both C languages into their A language.

Profile 2:  designed for students with Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish as their native language (A language) and English as an active foreign language (B language), or English as their native language (A language) and Arabic, Chinese, French, German or Spanish as an active foreign language (B language). These students will be trained in both types of interpreting in both directions (i.e. B-A and A-B).

The taught component of the MA combines 75 credits of conference interpreting courses (consecutive and simultaneous interpreting) with 45 credits of research-oriented courses. The dissertation (60 remaining credits) is written on a research project or a specific interpreting assignment (interpreting plus critical analysis). The programme prepares students for a professional career as a conference interpreter, developing the range of linguistic, specialist and technological skills required in the work place.

For more information please visit our MACINT page  

Open days

Postgraduate Open Days for MA programmes in the School are organised on an annual basis.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,000
    International students (per annum): £15,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,500
    International students (per annum): £7,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,333
    International students (per annum): £9,666
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,166
    International students (per annum): £4,833

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


British and EU students intending to take an MA programme in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). AHRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please see the  School website for further details.

The School also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for MA students. Details of bursaries available in a given year will be posted on the School website in January.

SCIC Bursary

Prospective European language students may be eligible to apply for a   study bursary of up to €2,400from the Directorate-General for Interpretation of the European Commission (SCIC).

Details of the SCIC funding can be found via:

Candidates are encouraged to contact MACINT admissions tutor, Dr. Mouna Mannaa (, before applying. 

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Sarah Smith
+44 (0)161 306 1259
Academic department overview

See: About us

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