Professor Claudia V Angelelli / Mr Kester Newill
+44 (0)131 451 3284
Our new MSc Chinese-English Translating programme, formerly MSc Chinese-English Translation and Computer-Assisted Translation Tools, is aimed at those who want to work as professional translators or in the field of translating.
The programme has its main focus on translation and translation technologies, but with fewer mandatory courses and a much broader range of optional courses in professionally relevant subjects you can tailor your programme to your interests and professional needs.
Students work in both directions between Chinese and English.
Students benefit from excellent facilities for translating including a range of state-of-the-art Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) software packages, digital resources for translating and interpreting as well as student-centred study facilities.
|Mode of Study||MSc||PG Diploma|
|Full-time||12 months||9 months|
|Part-time||24 months||21 months
Heriot-Watt University is a member of Conférence Internationale permanente d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI) which is an international association of university institutes with translation and interpretation programmes. CIUTI is dedicated to excellence in the training and research of both translation and interpretation. Membership of CIUTI requires fulfilment of strict quality criteria and is a distinct seal of quality.
Course contentDetailed course guide
Students work in both directions between Chinese and English
|Column 1||Column 2|
|Translation Practice Chinese-English 1||Translation Practice Chinese-English 2|
|Translation Technlogies||Translation and Interpreting Studies|
|Two from a range of options courses including:||Two from a range of options courses including:|
Following the taught courses, students who progress to the MSc will take a Masters dissertation in an area relevant to Translation Studies.
Translation Practice Chinese-English 1Semester 1 (mandatory)
This course develops mastery of the skills and techniques of translating between Chinese and English (and vice versa) to professional standards through study of a number of text types and genres and practice in translating these text types and genres.
Translation TechnologiesSemester 1 (mandatory)
This course provides the knowledge and skills required by the computerised multilingual document processing work environment that characterises the translation industry today. It gives students the opportunity to undertake independent research with the aid of a computer-aided translation (CAT) tool, and CAT projects both individually and as part of a team. Software programmes used in the course include a range of CAT tools, terminology management software and machine translation tools. The practical application and integration of these software programmes and tools in real-world professional workflows, situations and paradigms is also examined.
Translation Practice Chinese-English 2Semester 2 (mandatory)
Further development and practise of the skills and techniques of translating between Chinese and English to professional standards through study of a number of text types and genres and practice in translating these text types and genres.
Translation & Interpreting StudiesSemester 2 (mandatory)
The course covers the major theoretical areas in Translation & Interpreting Studies, as well as various models of text processing and translating and interpreting. The course also looks at the relevance and applicability of this to the practical concerns of the translator/interpreter.
1. Native / near-native command of English plus native / near-native command of Chinese
2. Good degree or equivalent in a relevant language subject.
All suitable applicants will be interviewed via Skype or telephone.
English language requirements
Non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of their English language ability. This must be IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, with at least 6.5 in all components. A score of 6.0 in writing may be accepted if the applicant performs well in the entrance test.
Fees and funding
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£6770||£3385||£850|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£6770||£3385||£850|
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
** Fee per course
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.