The course

UCAS code
RR12
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

Languages Interpreting and Translating (LINT) and Applied Languages and Translating (ALT) follow the same programme for the first three years. In both degrees two foreign or signed languages are studied to degree level. A compulsory placement year is spent abroad at two 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 degrees focus on practical language skills, communication studies, European studies and linguistics/ translation studies.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

Course content

Year 1

Students take two courses in each of their languages (including translation, spoken/signed classes, aural/BSL comprehension and writing in the foreign language/BSL production); a Modern History and Culture course; a linguistics course and two optional courses. BSL students and those students doing an intensive course in their second language do not take the optional courses.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 26%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 74%
Year 2

Students take eight courses which include: Language studies in each language (including Translation, Liaison and Conference Interpreting); Society and Institutions in Contemporary Europe; Linguistics and two optional subjects. BSL students undertake further language sessions instead of optional subjects.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 23%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 77%
Year 3

Students taking 2 European languages complete two five-month placements - one per language studied - in countries where their foreign languages are spoken (France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Mexico), following courses in university departments of Interpreting and Translating.

Students taking BSL and a European language also complete two five-month placements. One placement is in the country where their foreign language is spoken (France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Mexico). The other placement is work-based within the UK signing community with an organisation in the field, further developing sign language skills and cultural awareness. This latter placement element is self-financed. As an alternative, both semesters can be spent abroad studying spoken and signed language interpreting/translation or related subjects at our partner universities.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 0%
  • Independent study: 0%
  • Placement: 100%

Assessment

  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 4

Students do two Interpreting courses in fourth year (including Conference and Liaison Interpreting) and also do Translation Practice and Spoken/Signing Practice. They also take courses in Translation Theory and European Studies.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 10%
  • Practical: 13%
  • Coursework: 77%

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