Modern Languages and Translation and Interpreting Studies

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


If you like to travel, enjoy meeting people from other cultures and you plan to work with your chosen languages in your future career, this challenging programme is for you. This degree can help you develop high-level communication needed to carve out a career in this expanding market. This programme gives you the opportunity to develop specific knowledge in translation and interpreting. It is an applied degree designed with the needs of future translators and interpreters in mind.

Year 1: Language 1 core and Language 2 core; Introduction to Translation and Interpreting Studies; Working with texts; Introduction to Literature and Culture of one of the languages chosen; English structure and use; Communication and Language in Contemporary Society.

Year 2: Language 1 core and Language 2 core; Theory of Translation and Interpreting; Introduction to Bilateral Interpreting; Translation Practice Language 1; Translation Practice Language 2; Research Methods; Varieties of English.

Year 3: Year of study/work placement abroad.

Year 4: Language 1 core and Language 2 core; Advanced Translation Skills Language 1; Advanced Interpreting Skills Language 1; Advanced Translation Skills Language 2; Advanced Interpreting Skills Language 2; Dissertation; Translation Project.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements:

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S5) plus English at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including a relevant subject at A.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Arts and Social Sciences


Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

SCQF Level