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Conference Interpreting MA

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Advice to applicants

Only students working in the following combinations need apply: English-Arabic, English-French, English-German, English-Mandarin Chinese, English-Spanish.

Application for the programme is via the online application form. This can be accessed by visiting our how to apply section on the main University website.

Before applying, applicants should read all the information available regarding the proposed MA programme. When completing the application form, they must read the associated guidance notes and follow the instructions provided.

The following must be enclosed:

  • Two academic references,
  • Photocopies of degree certificates and official transcripts of previous study,
  • Evidence of English language ability (see specific requirements in section 2 above).

If any documents are in a language other than English, applicants will need to provide official translations.

Entry to the programme will be restricted to those applicants who achieve a satisfactory level of performance in the Interpreting Aptitude Test (see specific requirements in section 2 above). Applicants are therefore recommended to apply as soon as possible.

How your application is considered

Once the University has received an application, the applicants' details will be recorded and they will be sent an acknowledgement. Their application will then be passed to the School's Postgraduate Office for consideration. Applicants will be advised that decisions on admission will not be made until a complete application is received and that failure to enclose all the necessary supporting documentation will result in delays in processing their application.

If their application is successful, they will be made either:

  • A conditional offer of a place (for example, if they have not already completed their current programme of study or have yet to satisfy the English language requirements).
  • An unconditional offer 

On receipt of an offer, applicants should inform the Postgraduate Office as to whether they wish to accept the place, this is done via the online system. If there are conditions attached to the offer, they will need to let us know as soon as they have been satisfied and provide the necessary documentation.

Aptitude test requirement

Applicants to the MA in Conference Interpreting must pass an aptitude test to secure an unconditional offer of a place on the programme. The first round of testing will take place 26-30 March 2012 for all candidates who submit a complete application to the programme by the deadline of 29 February 2012. A second round of testing will take place 28 May-1 June 2012 for candidates who submit their complete application by the deadline of 30 April 2012. We reserve the right to limit the second round of testing to specific languages, e.g. if large numbers of candidates have already passed the first round of testing for certain language combinations. Details of the structure of the aptitude test are available on the MACINT website: http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/ctis/ma/macint/

For both rounds of testing, applicants will not be permitted to sit the aptitude test if they have not yet achieved the requisite results in the IELTS or equivalent examination, i.e. at least 7.0 overall and 7.0 in writing. It is strongly recommended that candidates do not submit their application for the MA programme until they have secured the required IELTS/TOEFL/Pearson scores. Applicants who fulfil the English-language requirement and meet the deadlines above will be invited to register online for their aptitude test, paying a fee of £50 to cover the cost of testing. They will then be notified of their allocated test slot. Tests can be taken remotely via video link or in person in Manchester. All test candidates will receive written feedback on their test performance. For candidates who take up a place on the MA programme in September 2012, the £50 test fee will be refunded from the tuition fees.


Offer-holders will be allowed to defer entrance to the programme once.