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Results for Students of the Degree: Success Rates and Indicators
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The Master's Degree in Conference Interpreting, the only Official Master's Degree in Spain which is a member of the European Masters in Conference Interpreting (EMCI) Consortium , proposes a solid education and training through permanent contact with professionals in the area of Conference Interpreting, and the use of the latest methodological and technological advances. It follows the recommendations of the International Association of Conference Interpreters Best Practices and has been re-accredited by ANECA (the Spanish National Association for Quality Control).
Classes have a highly practical content based on exercises and simulations, where both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting are perfected. The Official Master´s Degree in Conference Interpreting focuses on the development of analysis and synthesis, and on achieving an understanding by students that interpreting is not just repeating words by transliterating them from one language to another, but rather it is an exercise in understanding ideas that are then transmitted through a transformation, involving the adaptation of concepts and background information to the natural form of expression of the target language. The student is taught to self-evaluate and to know the metalanguage which is used in the exercise of the profession. Professors are natives speakers with officially validated University Degrees in Spain, and active professionals in the world of Interpreting, accredited by international organizations.
This Master´s Degree has a highly practical content based on exercises and simulations
The General Directorates for Interpreting of the European Commission and the European Parliament collaborate in training, through their pedagogical assistance programs, virtual classes and attendance at final exams. In addition, every year a trip to Brussels is offered, during which students can practice in silent booths at both institutions.
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Members of the Professorial Staff
Percentage of Professors who are Active Interpreters (members of “AIIC”, accredited for the exercise of the profession).
This Master’s Degree will enable you to be an interpreter in international institutions
Dolores Rodríguez Professor Comillas CIHS
Interpreter for the United Nations
Interpreter for the European Commission
National Corps of Translators and Interpreters
Criteria and Procedures for Admission to the Degree:
Applications for admission must be submitted within the period indicated for that purpose, in a standardized format, and accompanied by all of the documents which prove compliance with the requirements for admission to the Degree.
Each application will be presented and evaluated jointly by the Commission For Admission to the Master's Degree, which includes the Director of the Master’s Degree and the Vice-Dean for Academic Organization. This Commission informs the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, who then proceeds to grant admission to the Degree.
Applications for students with disabilities will be adapted to the needs of each specific case
Program for Assistance to Students with Disabilities. Admission to the Master's Degree will be subject to the following criteria:
- Candidates must meet the requirements of the linguistic profile for the Master’s Degree (Spanish or English as a mother tongue is a prerequisite)
- An (online) entrance exam must be taken and passed
Description of the Entrance Exam.
Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
Profile of Candidates for Admission to the Degree:
This Official Master's Degree in Conference Interpreting is aimed at, although not exclusively, possible candidates who are University graduates and degree-holders in Translation and Interpreting, with solid knowledge of languages, interested in communication in the environment of large multilingual conferences.
Candidates must pass an entrance exam, during which they must demonstrate their skills in analysis and synthesis, communication skills, a perfect command of their mother tongue (Spanish or English as a mother tongue is a prerequisite) and a profound knowledge of the languages that will be included in their linguistic profile.
Requirements for Admission to the Degree:
Those candidates that meet the following requirements may apply for admission to the Official Master´s Degree in Conference Interpreting:
- Be in possession of an official Spanish university degree or a degree issued by an Institution of Higher Education of the European Higher Education Area that provides for access to Master's Degree Programs.
- Be in possession of a Bachelor's, Architecture or Engineering Degree conforming to the University System prior to the one established in RD 1393/2007. In the case of three-year degree holders, technical architects or technical engineers, admission may be granted to those Master's Degree studies whose conditions for access permit admission, although candidates may be previously required to receive additional training that enables them to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to enroll in the Master's Degree.
- In the case of students with degrees from countries outside the European Higher Education Area, which have not received academic recognition and validity, the applicant must request admission from the Rector, who will make a decision on admission once informed by the Sub-Commission Delegated for Admission to Official Master's Degrees of the Doctorate Commission (RG 50.5). Admission through this procedure will not imply academic recognition or validity of the degree prior to other decisions other than admission to the Master's Degree Program.
Note containing information on the documentation to be presented.
|Consecutive Interpreting Techniques||18.0 ECTS|
|Simultaneous Interpreting Techniques||18.0 ECTS|
|Theory of Interpreting and Documentation||6.0 ECTS|
|Subjects related to Interpreting|
|International Organisations for Interpreters||3.0 ECTS|
|European Institutions for Interpreters||3.0 ECTS|
|Final Master´s Degree Project||6.0 ECTS|
|Interpreting Internship||6.0 ECTS|
GENERAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
CGI1 - Demonstrateadvanced ability to analyze and synthesize information related to conference interpreting (CI).
CGI2 - Show ahigh command of oral communication in their A language.
CGI3 - Have advanced knowledge of your B and C languages (CEFR C1 or C2 level).
CGI4 - Be able to aefficiently manage specialized information in the field of CI.
CGI5 - Show the ability to make professional decisions in the field of CI.
CGI6 - Show skills for solving professional problems in the field of CI.
CGP1 - Behave with an ethical commitment in the exercise of professional activity as a conference interpreter.
CGP2 - Be able to reason critically about problems of the profession as a conference interpreter.
CGP3 - Manage skills in interpersonal relationships in the professional environment of CI.
CGP4 - Show rigor and seriousness in professional performance as a conference interpreter.
CGP5 - Know how to use teamwork skills at a professional level as a conference interpreter.
CGP6 - Be able to work as a team in an international context in the professional field of CI.
CGP7 - Be able to work on an interdisciplinary team in the professional field of CI.
CGP8 - Identify and recognize diversity and multiculturalism and takes them into account in the professional practice as conference interpreter.
CGS1 - Be able to develop autonomous learning orientated to the profession of CI.
CGS2 - Be able to apply knowledge to the professional practice of conference interpreting.
CGS3 - Show motivation for quality in their professional work as a conference interpreter.
CGS4 - Identify and understand the cultures and customs of the countries of their working languages as a conference interpreter.
CGS5 - Show initiative and entrepreneurial spirit in the professional practice of CI.
CGS6 - Know how to adapt to new situations and professional environments in the field of CI.
CGS7 - Have leadership skills in the professional practice as a conference interpreter.
SPECIFIC SKILL AND ABILITIES: COMPETENCES
CE1 - Show a high level in the sociolinguistic skills of the use of the working languages in CI.
CE2 - Develop advanced skills to search for information and specialized documentation in the field of CI
CE3 - Be able to design and manage projects in the field of CI.
CE4 - Have specialized knowledge of professional aspects in the field of CI.
CE5 - Manage advanced skills in consecutive and simultaneous conference interpretation techniques.
CE6 - Have advanced knowledge of the cultural, social and political specificities of the countries of their working languages as conference interpreters.
CE7 - Know and understand in depth the functioning of the European Union and its implications for the exercise of CI.
CE8 - Know and understand in depth the main European Union policies and key issues for their future development, and their implications in the exercise of CI.
CE9 - Know and understand in depth the origin and evolution, composition and functioning of the main international organizations both within the United Nations system, and outside of it, and takes them into account in the professional practice of CI.
CE10 - Analyze and interpret the geopolitical, economic, scientific and social situation of international news and take this into account in CI.
CE11 - Have specialized knowledge and is capable of applying the main tools for documentation in the field of conference interpretation.
CE12 - Have specialized theoretical knowledge of conference interpreting.
Profile of Graduates:
Conference Interpreter in the wide range of oportunities for employment available in the fields of Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting.
Many conference interpreters are professionals who provide their services on the national or international markets as self-employed workers. The work of interpreters in the private sector usually takes place in the context of the business world (visits and meetings, negotiation of agreements, shareholders’ meetings, board meetings, etc.) or at large international conferences and fairs. Frequently, linguistic combinations that include two or more active languages are the most interesting for this market. The most widely used in Spain is, without a doubt, the bidirectional combination English-Spanish.
National and international institutions, such as the United Nations de las United Nations,the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the EU, are large employers of conference interpreting professionals. Interpreters who work in the institutional sector may have passed a competitive exam or work as self-employed individuals after having been admitted on the lists that accredit them.
In Spain, entering the work force of translators and interpreters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation requires taking part in an open competition with translation and interpreting selective tests. The list of interpreters working as freelance employees for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is centralized through the Official Registry of Sworn Translators and Interpreters.
The Master's Degree in Conference Interpreting is official and, as such, allows for access to the Doctoral Program.
Classes in the Official Master’s Degree in Conference Interpretation have a high degree of practical content that consists of carrying out exercises and practical simulations, while work is done in both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. Throughout the program there is a pedagogical progression during which the level of demand and difficulty is increased. Points of control and evaluation of academic results are set at key moments in the course.