M.A. in Translation and Interpretation




Course Structure and Class Schedule

  1. What is the ​programme structure like?
    In order to be awarded the MTI, students must complete a total of 12 courses and fulfil a total of 40 academic units (AUs), which include an 8-AU Dissertation:
    • 5 core courses (13 AUs)
    • 4 courses during the immersion programme in China (12 AUs)
    • 3 elective courses (7 AUs)
    • Dissertation (8 AUs)

  2. How practical are the skills acquired from the course?
    The MTI Programme is designed with a focus on training students to gain professional skills of a translator or interpreter and abilities in conducting research in translation studies. Therefore, the students are supposed to be willing to and prepared for different kinds of in-class practical training and after-class assignments that require both individual as well as group work.​

  3. What is the frequency and duration of classes?
    Each course will meet once a week for an average of a 2-hour (for 2 AU courses) or a 3-hour (for 3 AU courses) class (in a variety of combinations of lectures and tutorials) on a weekday evening or in the morning or afternoon of a Saturday. So if a student takes 2 courses per semester, he/she will attend classes twice a week for a total of 4 to 6 hours.
    Most, if not all, classes will be scheduled on Monday and Thursday evenings (starting at 7 pm) and on Saturdays (starting at 9 am in the morning and 1 pm in the afternoon). 

  4. What is the nature of the classes? Lecture-based, discussion-based, or assignment-based?
    Most of the courses will be offered with a combination of lectures, discussions as well tutorials. Course instructors will make the necessary adjustments to the proportions of the components based on the overall course planning.
  5. Where will the classes be conducted?
    Classes will be conducted on the NTU campus.
  6. How big is the class size?
    The class size will be about 30 students.
  7. What is the medium of instruction for the courses?
    The courses will be conducted in both Chinese and English.
  8. What is the mode of assessment?
    The MTI Programme is both a coursework- and research-based programme, which means that each course has its own assessment format, to be decided upon by its instructor.  Most of the courses are designed to have no final examinations, in which case accumulated grading will be applied as the only form of assessment.
  9. Is there a requirement for class attendance?
    Class attendance is compulsory. Students must provide proof or sound reasons for being absent from a class. All students are required to maintain a minimum of 75% attendance in order to be allowed to take the final examination or complete the course.
  10. What is the maximum and minimum number of courses a student can take in a semester?
    The maximum is four courses in each semester. In order to complete the programme in 1.5 years, one has to take the maximum number of courses per semester. 
  11. What happens if a student, for one reason or another, cannot pass his or her examination? Will there be a second attempt given before retaking the subject?
    Students will be assessed for each course with a Course Grade. The instructor of the course decides what format will be used to assess the students. If an examination is held to assess students and a grade lower than C is given to the student, he/she will not receive the AUs from the course. For core courses, the student then needs to retake the course. For elective courses, the student can choose to retake or take another course to meet the graduation AU requirement.
  12. What is the minimum and maximum duration for a student to complete the programme?
    The minimum duration is 1.5 academic years, while the maximum candidature is 2.5 academic years. To complete the programme within the minimum duration, a student needs to take the maximum number of courses per semester for two semesters, go for the immersion programme for 6 weeks, and spend 12 weeks on completing a dissertation.
  13. Can a student transfer his/her credit or receive course exemptions?
    NTU’s Graduate Diploma Translation and Interpretation (GDTI) programme graduates may receive exemptions of up to five courses, subjected to the approval of the MTI Programme Director if they meet the following conditions:
    • A  C+ or a grade above C+ was obtained from a similar course and/or accumulated substantial and relevant work experience in the particular area.
    • The exemptions do not apply to Dissertation Seminars and the Dissertation.
    Note: Credits from other institutions of higher education will not be considered for credit transfer; the MTI programme does not award exemptions for non-translation-related professional experience.
  14. What is the duration of the immersion programme at BFSU, and in which season of the year does it take place?
    The immersion programme at BFSU in China lasts 6 weeks, beginning in late May or early June and ending in late June or early July.
  15. What are the expected activities for the immersion programme at BFSU?
    During the 6-week intensive immersion programme at BFSU in China, students are expected to complete 4 courses, and be able to further enhance their translation and interpretation skills, and fully exploit the rich resources that BSFU has to offer, including the training sessions in the simultaneous interpretation booths.
  16. If I am unable to participate in the immersion programme at BFSU, will there be other arrangements available?
    The MTI Programme currently does not provide optional arrangements. However, if for some reason a student is unable to go to BFSU for the immersion programme in his or her registered academic year, an application for delaying his or her immersion programme to the following year can be submitted by the student to the MTI Programme Director for approval. Certain extra fees may apply for the processing of such cases.
  17. What kind of “ideal” candidates are you looking for?
    Each candidate’s past experience, academic performance, interest in the programme, and other relevant credentials will be taken into consideration.
  18. What is Dissertation? How long is the write-up required?
    Each student is expected to complete an original research paper or a final project commentary in translation/interpretation studies under the supervision of an MTI faculty member. One 3-hour seminar on research methodologies in translation and interpretation in the first semester and twelve 3-hour group discussions and tutorials in the second semester will be arranged to prepare the students for the research and writing up of the dissertation. The maximum length is 15,000 words for the dissertation written in English.

  19. How are the 1-AU applied translation courses applicable to the current MTI students?

    MTI students can take the 1-AU applied translation courses with the following conditions: 
    (1) Out of the 40 required AUs, MTI students are allowed to have only 1 AU gained from taking one of the
            three 1-AU courses.
    (2) MTI students can take TI6112 to gain 1 of the 40 AUs if and only if they do not choose TI6105 to take for          credit. 
    Students are free to take more of the courses as extra learning with the payment of additional fees 
    (See this year’s discount rate below).

  20. What are the differences between the 1-AU applied translation courses and the applied translation workshops?

    The focuses are slightly different. 

    The 1-AU applied translation courses are designed mainly for those fresh graduates and working adults who are interested in pursuing a degree in translation in the future or who have a job that requires translation skills or the effective use of Chinese and English. Participants who have attended all the sessions of an individual course and who have received a B+ or a grade above can apply for a 1-AU course exemption after they are accepted by the MTI programme in the future.

    The workshops are designed mainly for those working adults who are interested in improving their translation skills and learning the effective use of Chinese and English and those who do translation or vetting of translation as part of their duties at work. Fresh graduates and working adults may also apply for attending the workshops for the preparation of the MTI programme. However, the 1-AU course exemption will be considered with certain conditions on a case-by-case basis after they are accepted by the programme.

Awarding of the MTI degree

  1. Which institution will confer the MTI degree?
    The MTI degree will be conferred by NTU. Students will also be issued a certificate from BFSU if they satisfy all the requirements during the immersion programme.

Admission Requirements and Application

  1. Is there an age limit for application to the course?
    No, there is no age limit for admission. All applicants are welcome as long as they meet the requirements for application.
  2. What are the requirements for the language proficiency for local applicants?
    The Chinese Language:
    • A good pass in GCE ‘O’ Level CL1, or Higher Chinese, or equivalent, or a higher level test
    The English Language:
    • A good pass in GCE ‘A’ Level General Paper, or equivalent, or a higher level test

  3. Are English and Chinese Proficiency Tests, such as TOEFL and HSK or TOCFL or SAT Subject Test in Chinese required?
    TOEFL or IELTS is required if the applicant graduated from a university with non-English medium of instruction. HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test), or TOCFL, or SAT Subject Test in Chinese is required if the applicant is not able to produce any proof of his or her Chinese language proficiency as mentioned above.
  4. How long are the scores of my language proficiency tests valid for?
    The score of your TOEFL, IELTS, HSK or TOCFL is only valid for a period of two years; and SAT, five years. That is, if you sat for the test more than two years (or five years in the case of SAT) ago, your score will not be considered valid.
  5. I am neither a Singaporean nor a Permanent Resident. Can I apply for the course?
    Yes. This programme accepts both local and international students.
  6. How can I apply for the MTI courses?
    Applications are to be submitted online.

  7. What are the admission requirements?
    Admission to the MTI programme will be based on a candidate’s prior academic record, professional experience, and language proficiency. The list of supporting documents required can be found here. Besides these documents, all short-listed applicants are required to take a self-monitored examination, comprising two translation tasks and two oral assessments in Chinese and English, and submit the files and recordings within a specified deadline. The final selection of students will be determined by the programme director and the programme’s academic board.
  8. Is there an intake quota for MTI? If so, what is the number of students that NTU would take in?
    For the Academic Year 2017, an estimated number of 28 applicants will be accepted.
  9. Can I apply for graduate housing in NTU if I am accepted for this programme?
    Yes, you can submit your housing application in the October/November application period. The actual start and end dates will be published here: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/has/Graduate/Pages/Applying.aspx.

  10. What are the admission requirements for the 1-AU applied translation courses?

    • Anyone who holds a BA degree and who is interested in applying for the MTI programme in the future;
    • Working adults who are interested in improving their translation skills and learning the effective use of Chinese and English;
    • Working adults who do translation or vetting of translation as part of their duties at work. 
  11. How can I apply for the 1-AU applied translation courses?

    Applications are to be submitted online.

 Fees, Payment and Subsidies

  1. Do I have to make full payment of the tuition fees all at once upon registration?
    No, you don’t have to. The tuition is to be paid at two different times.
  2. Are the tuition fees valid for the whole programme as long as I can complete my study within the maximum period of two years? 
    The tuition fees are payable by semester and subject to adjustment made by the University.

  3. Are the fees set by the programme and valid for the whole period of candidature of the student?
    The fees are set by the University and subject to revision annually. As and when fees are revised, the fees will be applicable to new students.
  4. Is it possible to pay for the tuition fees by instalment?
    The tuition fees are set to be paid before each semester. Other types of payments are not considered.
  5. Can I apply for tuition loan to pay for the tuition fee?
    There is no tuition loan offered by the University. However, if accepted applicants consider borrowing loans from banks or from other institutions by themselves, the MTI Programme office can issue an official letter upon request to state their candidate status.
  6. Can I use my CPF to pay for the tuition fee?
    This is beyond the arrangement of the MTI Programme. However, same as tuition loan cases, if accepted applicants consider exploring the possibilities by themselves of using their CPF to pay the tuition fees, the MTI Programme office can issue an official letter upon request to state their candidature status.
  7. Can I use my SkillsFuture Credit to cover part of the tuition fee?
    Yes, you can claim your SkillsFuture Credit at the WDA website to offset part of the tuition fee of the MTI Programme.  As the approval of SkillFuture Credit may take time, you are advised to pay for your tuition fee first. You will receive a refund when your claim for SkillsFuture Credit is approved. 
  8. What is the estimated total cost to attend the immersion at BFSU in China?
    You can calculate the total cost by adding the following expenses: (1) the fees for immersion stated above, (2) a return air ticket, (3) a single room in a campus hotel at BFSU in China (or a hotel close to the campus of BFSU), and (4) three meals a day in canteens on the campus of BFSU. 
  9. Can I arrange for my own accommodation in China instead of using the recommended one?
    Students may make alternative arrangements by themselves for their accommodation in China but we highly encourage them to accept the accommodation recommended by the MTI Programme Office.
  10. How should I pay for the overseas accommodation cost if I decide to accept the accommodation recommended by the MTI Programme Office?
    The MTI Programme Office will help students arrange the payment by bank transfer, credit card or cheque based on the hotel’s suggestions.
  11. What about air ticketing arrangement?
    The MTI Programme Office will help coordinate with students to purchase their air tickets soon after the first semester starts.

  12. How much do these 1-AU Applied Translation courses cost?

    • Rate for the public: $970 per course
    • Rate for the NTU faculty and staff: $800 per course
    • Rate for the NTU alumni: $700 per course
    • Rate for the MTI alumni and current students: $600 per course
      *All the above rates are before GST. Rates are subject to change without prior notice. ​Please check with the MTI office for the latest rates.​
  13. Do I have to make full payment of the ​​1-AU Applied Translation course fees upon course confirmation?

    Yes, full payment is required upon course confirmation in order to attend any of the courses.

Important info for international students

  1. I am currently holding a Dependant’s Pass (DP)/ Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP), can I apply for the programme?​ 

    Yes. You can, but these two types of passes indicate that you are not a Singaporean and nor a permanent resident of Singapore. In that case, you must apply for a Student's Pass from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. This is because the MTI Programme is a full-time programme and all full-time international students must hold a valid Student's Pass in order to study in Singapore.​

    1.   Indicate your intention on the remarks column when you submit the eForm via the ICA SOLAR system; and

    2.    Write a letter indicating your intention to use your DP to study full-time in Singapore, and submit the letter together with a copy of the eForm 16 and your passport particulars page to ICA at the Student's Pass Unit, which is on the 4th floor in the ICA building (next to Lavender MRT station) or sent to ICA by post.

    Please refer to: ​https://www.ntu.edu.sg/SAO/WhoWeAre/OneStop/OurServices/Immigration/STP/Pages/Application-of-Student%27s-Pass.aspx for more details.​

  2. ​​I am currently holding a S Pass/ Work Permit, can I apply for the programme?

    You are not allowed to concurrently hold a S Pass or a Work Permit and at the same time a Student Pass as well in Singapore. You must seek permission from ICA prior to the acceptance of MTI’s offer. 

    If there is no permission from ICA, you will need to give up your S Pass or Work
    Pass, in order to apply for a Student’s Pass.

  3. If you are holding a Student Pass in Singapore, are you allowed to work?

Full-time international graduate students wanting to take on part-time jobs will have to apply for Letter of Endorsement from the Student Affairs Office (SAO) under its Part-time Employment Scheme​. Likewise, graduate students can seek out such part-time job opportunities at Careermall@NTU.

During a school term period, international students are allowed to work for a maximum of 16 hours per week. During a vacation period, international students are allowed to work for a maximum of 9 hours per day or 44 hours per week.

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  1. Will there be a briefing or a talk coming up for the programme?
    The MTI Programme Office has a schedule of arranging information sessions in either August or September each year. In addition, throughout the year the Programme Office welcomes enquiries via email and/or phone.