M.A. in Translation and Interpretation


Admission Requirements

Admission to the MTI Programme will be based on a candidate’s prior academic record, language proficiency, and professional experience.


Phase 1

Prospective students should meet one of the following requirements:

 1.   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution plus evidence of language proficiency in English and Chinese, such as:

  • A good pass in GCE ‘A’ Level General Paper, or equivalent;
  • A good pass in GCE ‘O’ Level CL1, or Higher Chinese, or equivalent;
  • A certificate of language proficiency in English or Chinese for international applicants whose first language is not English or Chinese, such as:


a.    a valid certificate of English proficiency:

- IELTS: with a total score of 6.5 and above (6.0 and above for each component); or

- TOEFL iBT: with a total score of 90 and above

b.    a valid certificate of Chinese proficiency:

- HSK Level 6: with a total score of 250 and above (80 and above for both Listening and Writing and 90 and above for Reading)


 2.  Other qualifications and relevant work experience, as approved by the Programme Director and/or the Academic Board.



Phase 2

In addition to the above requirements, all shortlisted applicants must take a selfmonitored screening test, comprising two translation and two interpretation tasks in Chinese and English and submit their answers by the deadline given. The final selection of candidates will be determined based on the results of the screening test and the review of their application.


The fee for taking the self-monitored screening test is $53.50. ​Please do not make the payment for the test until you have received the email of notification. 

An easy way to pay the fee is by clicking here.

Application for Admission

The MTI Programme offers one intake per year in January.

The Online Application for the January 2021 intake is available on 1 March 2020. The closing date is 31 July 2020. You can click here to start your application. 


You are required to save the completed application form and all the required supporting documents (listed in the table below) ​into one PDF document or one ZIP file and email it to mti@ntu.edu.sg by 31 July 2020.


Please also print out a copy of the completed application form and send it together with all the required supporting documents to the address of the MTI office by 31 July 2020: ​


The MTI Office, School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University

SHHK-02-19, 48 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639818



Application Form (completed and signed)


Payment Slip (completed and signed)


Proof of Payment of Application Fee (e-payment acknowledgement email from NTU or payment acknowledgment from internet payment)


Passport-sized Photograph taken against a white background (1 piece)


Photocopy of NRIC (for local applicants)
Photocopy of Passport (for international applicants)


Photocopy of Employment Pass/Work Permit/Dependent's Pass/LTVP, if any


Photocopy of the original Degree Scroll(s) along with original University Transcript(s)/Result Slip(s) in English, otherwise an official English translation must also be provided


Photocopy of A Level Certificate(s)/Polytechnic Diploma (for local applicants)


Photocopy of O Level Certificate(s) (for local applicants)


Photocopy of IELTS/TOEFL iBT (for international applications graduated from universities with non-English medium of instruction)


Photocopy of HSK Level 6/National Higher Education Entrance Examination ()/High School Transcripts (for international applicants graduated from universities with non-Chinese medium of instruction)


Photocopy of Professional Qualifications/Membership Certificates, if any


Documentary Proof of Present and Previous Employment (e.g. letters of appointment and resignation or IR8A forms)


Two Reference Letters (compulsory for international applicants and recommended for local applicants) (please have your referees  email the letters directly to mti@ntu.edu.sg using the following email subject Reference letter for Name of applicant)


Any Other Relevant Documents (e.g. past translation and/or interpreting work), if any


Application Timeline

Timeline for 2021 Intake (indicative)


Mar – Jul 2020

Self-monitored Screening Test

Aug 2020

Sending of Offer Letters and

Offer Acceptance Period ​

Sep – Oct 2020


Dec 2020