University of Bath: Interpreting and Translating (path 1)

InstitutionUniversity of Bath View institution profile
Department Politics, Languages and International Studies View department profile
Telephone +44 1225 38 5115
Study type Taught


Equip yourself to work as a professional interpreter and translator on this highly respected master's, which may include a training opportunity.

Our MA Interpreting and Translating is designed to give you a strong grounding and all the practical skills you need to work as a conference interpreter and professional translator at an international level.

You must have an excellent understanding of two languages and can choose from one of two pathways:

Path 1 allows you to work with two other languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish) into English Path 2 allows you to work in both directions between Chinese/English or Russian/English Depending on your languages and whether you wish to work solely into English or in both directions.

For Path 1, these are the different combinations you can do:

  • French and German

  • French and Italian

  • French and Russian

  • French and Spanish

  • German and Spanish

  • Italian and German

  • Italian and Spanish

  • Russian and German

  • Russian and Spanish

  • Russian and Italian

This master's has been running for over 50 years and is highly respected internationally for the quality of the training. Many Bath graduates have gone on to work in international organisations such as the EU and UN as well as other language services around the world.

The course covers professional translation and different types of interpreting, including simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and liaison in public and commercial settings. You'll have access to the latest digital interpreting suites and will participate in mini-conferences to put your skills into practice, holding debates on controversial topics and acting as both delegate and interpreter.

In many cases we can arrange external training in an organisation such as the EU, UN or another independent agency, giving you first-hand experience of the workplace and valuable contacts for building your career. Bath has a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN and European Parliament for training interpreters and translators, which means their trainers visit us regularly, giving our students an insight into the skills needed to work there.

The course is taught by highly experienced tutors who have all worked as professional translators and interpreters. Many have interpreted for heads of state and government ministers, and work for international organisations. They'll share a wealth of experience with you and provide useful connections, including potential job opportunities.

You will leave with:

  • a proven ability to work with varied and challenging texts and speeches, providing a strong foundation for working at an international level

  • experience of working to deadlines and using style guides

  • contacts with potential employers and colleagues from your external training

  • contacts with our strong alumni network of linguists working in international organisations, private bodies and independent agencies

  • evidence of translation skills, including the 10,000-word translation and 5,000-word commentary you complete at the end of the taught part of the course

Training opportunities

Through our extensive network of contacts we try to organise training for all students with the language services of international organisations, government departments or translation companies. These provide an invaluable insight into the work of professional linguists and are valued highly by employers. They are not however compulsory and are not always guaranteed.

Bath graduates have gone on to work for the following organisations:

  • Foreign Office

  • Gazprom Germania Gmbh

  • International Atomic Energy Agency

  • International Court of Justice

  • International Union of Railways (Paris)

  • Ministry of Defence

  • NATO

  • United Nations in Geneva, Vienna and New York

Some of our graduates have shared their experiences on our alumni blog.


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