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Translation and Intercultural Studies

Our study areas

We offer specialist training in three distinct areas - translation, interpreting and intercultural communication.

Each area affords a particular range of skills and experience depending on the direction you wish your career to take.

Conference Interpreting

Studying conference interpreting will equip you with the knowledge and advanced interpreting skills required for a career in this specialised field. 

All our interpreting trainers are also practising conference interpreters in language combinations that reflect market demands.

We offer simultaneous and consecutive interpreting training in six languages - French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. These are key languages in international organisations such as the UN and EU and are also in demand on the freelance market.

Intercultural Communication

Studying intercultural communication invites you to explore the cultural complexities and diversity of current times, from a variety of conceptual, disciplinary and professional perspectives. You'll consider what these complexities might mean for individuals in a variety of contexts and to further develop your intercultural awareness and skills. 

Graduates in this area gain employment in fields where intercultural competence is valued, such as multinational organisations, international projects and NGOs, and multicultural and immigrant communities.

Translation and Interpreting Studies

Studying translation and interpreting studies will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a career in translation or other professions which require expertise in cross-cultural communication.

You will acquire competences which allow you to compete successfully for translation jobs in international institutions or in the freelance sector and to work in the rapidly evolving field of multilingual and multimedia communication.

We also teach an analytical and reflective approach to translation and interpreting, providing excellent preparation for further study and research at PhD level.

MA Conference Interpreting (MACINT) 

Our MA Conference Interpreting (MACINT) can be studied over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). We also offer the option of studying a postgraduate diploma along with the opportunity to work on a new or existing language by enrolling on one of the university’s language courses.

MA Intercultural Communication (MAIC)

Our MA Intercultural Communication (MAIC) is a joint undertaking by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and the Manchester Institute of Education and is designed for a broad range of students interested in intercultural matters.

MA Translation and Interpreting Studies (MATIS)

Our MA Translation and Interpreting Studies (MATIS) is one of the longest-running and most comprehensive postgraduate degrees in translation and interpreting offered by a UK institution, and has membership of the European Masters in Translation (EMT) Network.

Each year students come from all over the world to study this master's, creating a truly multilingual and multicultural group.