Conference Interpreting at London Metropolitan University - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study this course? This course will prepare you for professional work as a conference interpreter. You could go on to work face-to-face or online via remote interpreting in the private market, for commercial organisations or large international institutions such as the European Union or the United Nations. We offer this course in the following languages paired with English: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. More about this course Become a professional conference interpreter with this postgraduate diploma. You’ll gain practical experience in our state-of-the-art interpreting suite, which has the same technology as those used by renowned international institutions such as the EU and the UN. Plus you’ll have opportunities to learn outside of the classroom on guided trips around London and possibilities to travel internationally to visit places such as the United Nations in Geneva, the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, or the European Commission in Brussels. Our expertise in innovative technology is key to this course. We’ve developed partnerships with external organisations that provide opportunities for remote interpreting practice, meaning you’ll gain experience of using online interpreting platforms too. On this Conference Interpreting PG Dip you’ll not only learn how to perform long consecutive interpreting, but also how to embrace the challenges of setting up your own profile as a professional linguist and understand how to develop your visibility on the market. You’ll study conference interpreting from a European Union and United Nations perspective, helping you to prepare for the accreditation test that freelance interpreters need to take to work for these institutions. By interpreting in mock conferences throughout the year, you’ll learn about multilingual and multicultural conference management skills. On top of this, you’ll have opportunities to shadow professional interpreters at work and gain dummy booth practice face-to-face and/or online. This postgraduate diploma doesn’t require you to complete research like on a typical master’s degree, and it can be studied as a stand-alone qualification or seen as a stepping stone to our full Conference Interpreting MA. Available part-time, you can study this course alongside your job and other personal commitments. This is a day course that will require two days of your time for part-time students and four days as a full-time student. Assessment You'll be assessed through a variety of essays, presentations, practical interpreting performances, self and peer evaluations, and reflective portfolios.


Example modules include: Conference Interpreting 1 (core); Conference Interpreting 2 (core); Interpreting Theory and Research for Interpreters (core); The Interpreters Professional Environment (with Placement) (core); Conference Interpreting 3 (core); Conference Interpreting (EU/UN Context) (core).

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Entry requirements

You'll be required to have: a relevant degree at 2:1 or equivalent in translation, interpreting or modern languages or related field; native knowledge of the English language; near native proficiency in your first chosen foreign language; good command of your second chosen foreign language (if applicable). For international applicants you are required to have IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 6.0 and be able to meet the DfE entry qualification requirements or equivalents.

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

More information about our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £10500 Whole course
England £7800 Whole course
Northern Ireland £7800 Whole course
Scotland £7800 Whole course
Wales £7800 Whole course
Channel Islands £10500 Whole course
EU £10500 Whole course
International £10500 Whole course

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Conference Interpreting at London Metropolitan University - UCAS