- UCAS code
- 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.
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MA (Hons) Languages (Interpreting and Translating) is a clear example of our career-focused approach to language studies.
Combining the two areas of language studies for which Heriot-Watt University is best known, this degree allows you to develop highly employable interpreting and translating skills to a professional standard.
You will study German and Spanish to an advanced level, learning in small class sizes in our unrivalled interpreting and translating teaching facilities. Our facilities include recently refurbished interpreting booths, which are modelled on those used by the United Nations and European Parliament, and computer labs with state-of-the-art Computer Aided Translation tools, as used by professional translators.
In Year 1, if it is necessary, we offer intensive courses to help bring you up to speed in your second non-native language (French or German). This tried and tested approach ensures you will be able to use your interpreting and translating skills in two non-native languages by the time you graduate. Year 2 introduces regular classes on simultaneous interpreting and advances your language skills further.
Year 3 is spent abroad on two exchange placements with our partner institutions. This is a unique opportunity to spend a year living and studying in two different countries, immersed in your chosen languages. In Year 4 you will study advanced interpreting and translating skills and learn about political contexts and organisations.
This degree will prepare you for careers requiring the practical application of advanced language, communication and intercultural skills and it will teach you about the wider professional contexts in which you will use these skills.
For example, you will learn about the unique interpreting approaches required for various professional contexts, such as: health care situations, business situations, legal contexts, or for conferences.
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
- 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: Intensive for Beginners (1)*
- 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.
Language 1 = German or Spanish
Language 2 = German or Spanish
- Societies and Institutions in Contemporary Europe
- Language 1: Advanced (1)
- Language 2: Advanced (1)
- General Linguistics
- Language 1: Advanced (2)
- Language 2: Advanced (2)
Language 1 = German or Spanish
Language 2 = German or Spanish
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.
- Dissertation (1)
- Translation and Language Proficiency (1)
- Advanced Interpreting Skills (1)
- International Politics and Organisation
- Dissertation (2)
- Translation and Language Proficiency (2)
- Advanced Interpreting Skills (2)
- Translation and Interpreting Studies
- Applied Linguistics
- Sustainable Development and Intercultural Context
- National Perspectives and EU Context
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Work and study
This is what our MA (Hons) Languages (Interpreting and Translating) (German/Spanish) students are doing 15 months after graduating:
- 65% are working
- 10% are studying
- 10% are working and studying.
In highly skilled work
- 70% of those are in highly skilled work 15 months after graduating.
- The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £19000
- The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £22000
These are the most common jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:
- Artistic, literary and media occupations
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Teaching and educational professionals
Year 1Standard entry requirements
- Highers AABB including main language at A (over two sittings)
- A-Levels BBC (including main language)
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with main language at Higher Level 5)
- BTEC DDM (Main language at A-Level B or equivalent required)
- HNC B in graded unit (with main language Higher A or A-Level B grade or equivalent)
- HND BB
Minimum entry requirements*
- Highers BBBC including main language at B (over two sittings)
- A-Levels BCC including main language at B
* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:
- live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
- are care experienced.
We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements
Year 2As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.
Year 3As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.
- For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications, mature candidates and overseas students.
- If you do not see your qualifications here please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths requirements.
English language requirements
- If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.
|Status*||Scotland||England / Northern Ireland / Wales**||International***|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£15,384|
* 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.
** '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).
*** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.
4 years for the price of 3
If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.
You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2021
In addition to government 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.