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The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type

Heriot-Watt University ranked as the Number 1 University in Scotland for Modern Languages in the National Student Survey 2018. We also gained the highest ranking in Scotland for employability from Modern Languages in the Guardian University Rankings 2019.



Our MA (Hons) Applied Languages and Translating (ALT) degree allows you to study French and German to degree level and spend a compulsory year abroad, immersed in those languages, on placement at two of Heriot-Watt University's partner institutions.

Students with only one language at post-Higher/A-Level follow an accelerated intensive language course during Year 1 and join the mainstream language courses from Year 2. The degree focuses on practical language skills, communication studies, European studies and linguistics/ translation studies.


The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

We are also official higher education partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists – a professional body that maintains the highest standards for practising interpreters and translators: Chartered Institute of Linguists

In addition, we are founding members of CIUTI, the world’s oldest and most prestigious international association of universities who train interpreters and translators: CIUTI

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Language and Intercultural Studies
  • Language 1: Intermediate (1)
  • Language 2: Intermediate (1) or Language 2: Intensive for Beginners (1)
  • Elective unless taking Language 2: Intensive for Beginners (1)

Semester 2

  • Introduction to European History and Culture
  • Language 1: Intermediate (2)
  • Language 2: Intermediate (2) or Language 2: Intensive for Beginners (2)
  • Elective unless taking Language 2: Intensive for Beginners (2)

*Language 2: Intensive for Beginners is for students with little or no knowledge of a second foreign language and is the equivalent of two standard, 15 credit, courses. Those sitting this course do not take an elective in Year 1.

Language 1 = French or German

Language 2 = French or German

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Societies and Institutions in Contemporary Europe
  • Language 1: Advanced (1)
  • Language 2: Advanced (1)
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • General Linguistics
  • Language 1: Advanced (2)
  • Language 2: Advanced (2)
  • Elective

Language 1 = French or German

Language 2 = French or German

Year 3

Students complete two five-month study placements, one per language studied, in countries where foreign languages are spoken such as France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Mexico.

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dissertation (1)
  • Translation and Language Proficiency (1)
  • International Politics and Organisations
  • Option


  • Translation Technologies for Professional Translators
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Heritage: International Perspectives

Semester 2

  • Dissertation (2)
  • Translation and Language Proficiency (2)
  • Option
  • Option


  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Applied Linguistics 2
  • Sustainable Development and Intercultural Context
  • National Perspectives and EU Context
Unistats course data


Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) Applied Languages and Translating (French/German) students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 74% are working
  • 16% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 50% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £18000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £18000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Artistic, literary and media occupations
  • Administrative occupations
  • Secretarial and related occupations
  • Sales occupations
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Teaching and educational professionals
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB including A in language(s) (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB including B in language(s)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with at least 5 HL in the language(s) to be studied
  • HNC/HND Students who can demonstrate the required language skills will be considered

Additional information

  • Entry routes As our Languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all Languages courses is to Level 1 of a four-year Honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English is required for all Languages courses.
  • English language requirements Students who are non-native speakers of English will need to achieve either the IELTS test with 7.5 or the CPE with B. The second language may be studied from beginner’s level or from a post-Standard Grade/GCSE level.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details


Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,640

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.