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Master in Interpretation

Master in Interpretation

The 2024-2025 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Interpretation
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication
  • Degree type
    Master 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Languages and literature
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Languages and literature
  • Jury President
    Alain DELATTRE
  • Jury Secretary
    Pascal MINNE



General information

Degree type

Master 120 credits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)


Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Languages and literature

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)


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The Master in Interpretation is designed to assist students who have become proficient in two foreign languages and who excel in oral communication, so they can use these abilities to become conference interpreters in international organisations as well as in the private sector.

From the outset, students will be given practical exercises that rely on their general knowledge, language and communication skills, ability to manage stress, and capacity to work quickly, as well as on the effectiveness of their research techniques.

The final examination takes place before a jury, in the presence of professional interpreters and representatives of international institutions.

Classes are given in seminar rooms with professional equipment. The course concludes with a discussion ofthe practical aspects of a professional interpreter’s life.

Students are offered additional instruction in the form of tutorials given by experienced conference interpreters.

Conference interpreters provide interpretation services of the highest quality for clients who require communication of the highest standards.

Such clients include:

  • Private companies

  • Associations

  • Professional conference organisers

  • Governments

  • International organisations

Depending on their needs, these clients hire freelance interpreters, in-house interpreters, and sometimes both.

Access conditions


Courses in the first term of the Master in Interpretation place emphasis on consecutive interpretation and on advanced French language proficiency. During the second term, emphasis will shift to simultaneous interpretation. An introduction to bi-active interpretation will also be given during the second term.

The content to be interpreted will be drawn from current affairs, with a focus on politics, culture, science, and technology. The programme will also cover subjects that are relevant to the students' work placements.

What's next ?


With their cross-disciplinary training, their expertise in language and communication, and their knowledge of international issues and contexts, graduates are able to find employment in a wide range of professional sectors.

Freelance interpreter, staff interpreter, or both.