The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type



There are two translating languages degrees to choose from. One is Languages Interpreting and Translating (LINT) and the other is Applied Languages and Translating (ALT). They both follow the same structure for the first three years. This involves studying two foreign or signed languages to degree level, followed by a compulsory placement year abroad at two of our partner institutions.

Our interpreting and translating course, MA (Hons) Languages Interpreting and Translating, focuses on practical language skills, plus communication, European and linguistics/ translation studies. If you only have one language at post-Higher/A-Level, you’ll follow an intensive language course during year one, joining the mainstream language courses in year two.


Our Languages Interpreting and Translating degrees are accredited by the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

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
Year 3

Students taking 2 European languages complete two five-month placements - one per language studied - studying at partner universities in countries where their foreign languages are spoken such as France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Mexico.

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dissertation (1)
  • Translation and Language Proficiency (1)
  • Advanced Interpreting Skills (1)
  • International Politics and Organisation

Semester 2

  • Dissertation (2)
  • Translation and Language Proficiency (2)
  • Advanced Interpreting Skills (2)
  • Option

Course Options

  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Sustainable Development and Intercultural Context
  • National Perspectives and EU Context


Work and study

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

  • 70% are working
  • 15% are studying
  • 10% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 60% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £19000
  • 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:

  • Teaching and educational professionals
  • Artistic, literary and media occupations
  • Sales occupations
  • Customer service occupations
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Welfare and housing associate professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Secretarial and related occupations
  • 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 programmes include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all Languages programmes is to Level 1 of a four-year Honours programme. 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 programmes.
  • 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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £13,770

* 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.

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.

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