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Languages and Intercultural Studies

Heriot-Watt University has a long established reputation for delivering world-class interpreting and translating degrees, and for over 40 years we have been developing graduates with international communication skills of the highest quality.

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Professional Communication Skills

At Heriot-Watt University we don’t just teach languages, we teach languages for a purpose.

With our Postgraduate degrees, you can combine add highly-employable skills in interpreting, translating, and intercultural business communication to your existing language abilities.

All students benefit from a friendly community environment and state-of-the-art language labs with interpreting equipment modelled on the European Union and United Nations.

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Postgraduate Languages and Intercultural Studies programmes

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Why Heriot-Watt?

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At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Multilingual Debate

Heriot-Watt University's Multilingual Debate is an annual event that showcases the interpreting skills of students

Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

Health and wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Services aim to provide a range of support, guidance, activities and advice to help students to be their best, and get the most from their university experience. From counselling to coaching we'll sure you are fully supported.

Edinburgh campus accommodation

Living on our beautiful Edinburgh campus is a great way to meet others from all over the world. Our student accommodation is within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities, catering venues and the Student Union

Living in Edinburgh

Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.

We are accredited by the following organisations

At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.

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