Master of Arts in Interpreting

What is the MA in Interpreting?

The Master of Arts in Interpreting is designed for students with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Language Studies who wish to acquire the necessary skills, strategies and techniques to become interpreters in the business world, courts or social settings. Besides the theoretical aspects of interpreting, students also deepen their cultural knowledge of their foreign languages through the course unit Social Developments.

What are the aims of the course?

The Master in Interpreting aims at providing students with the necessary skills to ensure professional interpreting services in a variety of contexts (with a focus on medical and judicial contexts) and modes (with a focus on dialogue, consecutive and whispered interpreting). Apart from the practice-oriented teaching, it also provides students with the necessary background in ethical aspects of the profession and in research in the field of interpreting studies.

What does the course look like?

The Master is a one-year course (60 credits) and builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the Bachelor in Applied Language Studies. The training requires a perfect command of Dutch and the two foreign languages. The interpreting skill is built up gradually and covers all the techniques used in the different areas of work: consecutive, dialogue and whispered interpreting, as well as sight translation (chuchotage), and this both in Dutch and the foreign language. An overview of interpreting research, the work placement and dissertation complete the degree.

What are the central research themes in line with the course?

The main areas of interpreting research are covered: the study of the role of interpreters in the interpreter-mediated interaction, cognitive and social determinants of interpreters’ output, especially in the area of simultaneous interpreting, and interpreting didactics.

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