Published: 28 April 2020

Top jobs with a translation and interpreting masters degree

Find out what you could do with a masters degree in translation and interpreting and discover some of the jobs our graduates have secured.

"Our masters courses emphasise the business and industry aspects of translation and interpreting, which means that you’ll be well equipped for the current job market. We've forged close links with the professional bodies, so you can benefit from internships, placements and collaborations with key stakeholders in translation and interpreting industries."

Professor Sabine Braun, Professor of Translation Studies

Graduate roles

Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:


  • Freelance Interpreter (medical, legal or business interpreting)
  • In-house Interpreter (for international organisations, government bodies or major multinational companies)
  • Interpreting Services Manager
  • Interpreting Technology Co-ordinator
  • Subtitler and Audio Describer,


  • Copywriter
  • Freelance Translator (medical, legal or technical translation) 
  • Project Manager (in a translation company in the UK and abroad)
  • Proofreader and Data Quality Analyst
  • Software Localiser
  • Subtitler and Audio Describer
  • Translator (for international organisations, government bodies or major multinational companies)
  • Video Game Localiser.

“I did a placement at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which enabled me to practice simultaneous interpreting in a United-Nation standard interpreting booth. I learned about the conference interpreting setting and received useful suggestions from IMO interpreters.”

Xiangning Tang, MA Interpreting (Chinese Pathway) 

Related professions

The skills you gain are also highly relevant in other roles, including:

  • Academic Adviser
  • Events Manager 
  • Language Tutor
  • Tour Guide
  • Transcreation Account Manager.

Many of our graduates go on to complete a PhD, investigating an area of personal interest.


Discover more about our postgraduate translation and interpreting courses and what it’s like being a student at Surrey.

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