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The languages we offer

We offer training with a range of languages in combination with English on our translation and interpreting courses. A full list is given below. We cannot provide training with language combinations that do not include English.

Specialised Translation Languages

 MAATS/ MAPLIS

 MAAVTS

 MACITS/ MABPSITS

 MAAET

 Arabic into English  Yes x Yes  Yes 
 English into Arabic  Yes x Yes Yes
 Chinese into English  Yes Yes  Yes 
 English into Chinese  Yes Yes  Yes 
 French into English  Yes Yes  Yes 
 German into English  Yes Yes  Yes 
 Italian into English  Yes Yes  Yes 
 Japanese into English  Yes Yes Yes 
 English into Japanese  Yes Yes  Yes 
 Portuguese into English  Yes Yes  Yes
 Russian into English  Yes Yes  Yes 
 Spanish into English  Yes Yes  Yes

Interpreting Languages

MACITS/ PGDCI

AB Pathway (choose one)

MACITS/ PGDCI

ACC Pathway (choose two)

MABPSITS/ PGDBPSI

AB Pathway (choose one)

Arabic: Arabic into English/ English into Arabic

Arabic: Arabic into English

Arabic: Arabic into English/ English into Arabic

Chinese: Chinese into English/ English into Chinese

Chinese: Chinese into English

Chinese: Chinese into English/ English into Chinese

French: French into English/ English into French

French: French into English x

German: German into English/ English into German

German: German into English x

Italian: italian into English/ English into Italian

Italian: Italian into English x

Portuguese: Portuguese into English/ English into Portuguese

Portuguese: Portuguese into English

Portuguese: Portuguese into English/ English into Portuguese

Spanish: Spanish into English/ English into Spanish

Spanish: Spanish into English

Spanish: Spanish into English/ English into Spanish

How it works

The two key areas of our programme where students are taught in language-specific groups are Specialised Translation modules and Interpreting modules.

Specialised Translation modules: these modules are offered INTO English for all languages, and for some languages we also offer a FROM English module. Because ST modules are compulsory on most programmes, you will probably find there are students from other programmes in your ST classes. Class sizes for ST are limited to approximately 15 students and more popular languages may have multiple groups.

Interpreting: teaching methods vary on Interpreting modules: some are taught in mixed-language classes, while others are taught in language-specific classes but with some mixed-language group sessions. Even mixed-language sessions involve use of your particular language combination through working in pairs or small teams. Most Interpreting classes are limited to approximately 8 students, but more popular languages may have multiple groups.

Some other modules (such as Computer-Assisted Translation and Audiovisual Translation) are taught in mixed-language classes but students will sometimes work in language-specific teams or have language specific seminars within those classes.

The Extended Translations summer project option is normally limited to the same language combinations as ST modules, but sometimes one translation may be in a FROM English combination not listed above, providing there is an appropriate supervisor and the Programme/Module Manager agrees.

Interpreting programmes

Interpreters talk in terms of 'A', 'B' and 'C' languages. Your A-language is always your mother tongue; a B-language is an active language that you can work both FROM and INTO; and a C-language is a passive language that you can only work FROM.

At Leeds, you can either work with an AB combination (bidirectional pathway) or an ACC combination (2-languages pathway). 

We may not provide training in a combination that does not include your mother tongue as this could severely limit your employability as an interpreter. If your languages are not listed above, please contact the LCS PG Admissions Team for advice (lcspg@leeds.ac.uk).

Course Modules

If you are keen to learn more about the modules available for each of our courses, please visit the Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue 2018/19.

Pages in this document

  1. Admissions overview for 2019/20
  2. Languages
  3. Entry requirements
  4. When to apply
  5. How to apply
  6. What happens next?
  7. Fees and scholarships
  8. Frequently Asked Questions