The course

UCAS code
RR24
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

   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.

Learning and teaching

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

Learning and teaching

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

Semester 2 Course Options

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

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

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

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) Languages (Interpreting and Translating) (German/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.

Salary

  • 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

Jobs

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)
  • A-Levels BBB including B in language(s)
  • HNC Students who can demonstrate the required language skills will be considered
  • HND Students who can demonstrate the required language skills will be considered
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with at least 5 HL in the language(s) to be studied
  • Additional information Standard Grade / Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English is required for all Languages programmes. 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..

Year 2

Additional information Candidates with outstanding A-Level or Advanced Higher results (ABB) are considered on an individual basis.

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.

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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