Official Master's Degree in Conference Interpreting

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January, 11, 2021
to September, 3, 2021

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1 year / 60 ECTS

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“The Degree is part of the “European Masters in Conference Interpreting” (EMCI) Consortium”

What is the Official Master's Degree in Conference Interpreting

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 interpretation 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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This Master’s Degree will enable you to be an interpreter in international institutions

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Admissions Process


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
- An entrance exam must be taken and passed

Description of the Entrance Exam.


Important Dates

  • Admission application filing period:
    January, 11 to September 3, 2021
  • Classes begin on: October, 4, 2021


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 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.

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Information on Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships


Total cost for the Full Master´s Degree Program: € 13,520
Registration Fee: € 2,000.40
8 Monthly Payments: € 1,440
(Profiles 3, 4 and 5 – see below - will carry a surcharge).
10% reduction for Alumni of the University

For those Mexican students admitted to this Master’s Degree Program and whose studies are financed by FIDERH, Comillas will grant a reduction to them equivalent to 10% of the total cost of the studies to be carried out.

Profiles for the Teaching of the Master´s Degree
PROFILE 1: The student interprets from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish.
PROFILE 2: The student interprets from English into Spanish and from French or German into Spanish.
PROFILE 3: The student interprets from Spanish into English, from English into Spanish and from French or German into Spanish.
PROFILE 4: The student interprets from English, French and German into Spanish.
PROFILE 5: The student interprets from Spanish into English and from English, French and German into Spanish.

Financial Aid for Studies:
Students admitted to the Master's Degree will be able to apply for official financial aid from the Ministry by complying with the corresponding call for financial aid, as well as for partial grants and scholarships from the European Commission.
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Contact Information


Information point:
C/ Universidad de Comillas, 3 -28049, Madrid. Tlf.: (+34) 917 343 950 ext. 4275

Master's Course Director:
Elena Aguirre Fernández-Bravo
Tlf.: (+34) 917 343 950 ext. 2519


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Conference Interpreting
Annual Subjects
Consecutive Interpreting Techniques 18.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Simultaneous Interpreting Techniques 18.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Theory of Interpreting and Documentation 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Subjects related to Interpreting
1st Term
International Organisations for Interpreters 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term
European Institutions for Interpreters 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Master Thesis
2nd Term
Final Master´s Degree Project 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Annual Subjects
Interpreting Internship 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
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