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Master's Degree in Conference Interpreting for Business (M178)
  • Specialisation in Spanish-Chinese
  • Specialisation in Spanish-English

Participating Universities

University of Alcalá

Organising Centre, Department or Institute

Department of Modern Philology

Teaching centre(s)

San José de Caracciolos Building
Colegio de Málaga
Colegio de los Trinitarios

Year Course Started

2019-20 (RD 1393/2007)



Official Duration

One academic year, full-time

Minimum number of ECTS by type of registration and course

60 ECTS for full-time students and 30 ECTS for part-time students

Type of teaching

Face-to-face classes


Spanish and the language of the chosen specialisation.

Level of qualification

Level 3 leading to the title of Master's Degree. Level 3 (Master's) of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES) corresponds to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), in accordance with the provisions of the Royal Decree 22/2015, of 23rd January (BOE 07/02/2015).

Professional qualification

This is not a degree title qualifying with ministerial approval for the exercise of regulated professional activities.


Professional and research


Dra. Elena Alcalde Peñalver


Academic Committee

  • Elena Alcalde (Master`s Director)
  • Carmen Valero (Coordinator and academic staff member)
  • Ingrid Cáceres (academic staff representative)
  • Chiara Uliana (academic staff representative)
  • Isabel San Vicente (administrative staff representative)
  • Jiayi Chen (students representative) 


Academic issues:

Aula de Interpretación

Administrative issues:

Goals and competencies

The goals of this Master's degree are in line with the stipulates of the Spanish Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (MECES) and ensure the achievement of the basic competencies required to obtain a master's degree, following article 3.3, Appendix I of R.D. 1393/2007.

Fulfilment of the goals means students have achieved competencies that must be consistent with the fundamental rights of equality between men and women, with the principles of equal opportunities and universal accessibility for the disabled, and with the values proper to a democratic and peace-loving culture.

Micro-Master`s Degrees

This Master's offers any student the possibility to study a selection of subjects compounding a Postgraduate Short Course, which will enable the student, if requested at the end of the course, to obtain an Own Studies Degree title from the University of Alcalá.

After finishing the subjects, the student could apply, paying the corresponding fees, for a Certificate of the Postgraduate Short Course. Besides, if the student wants to complete the Master's in the future, the subjects finished in the Postgraduate Short Course will automatically be incorporated into the student's academic record at no cost.

Pre-registration and matriculation for these Postgraduate Short Courses will follow the usual procedure of pre-registration and matriculation.

The Short Courses included in the Master's are:

Number of places for new students

Total number of places available: 20

Minimum number of places for a specialisation to be taught: 8

Reserved places: 5% for students with a certified disability of 33% or more.

Specific admission conditions

Requirements and admission criteria

1. Applicants must provide proof of proficiency in the working languages at the following levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent (see levels recommended by CRUE) with an official certificate of international recognition:

  • Spanish native speakers (Spanish – language A):
    • first foreign language (language B) with level C1
    • second foreign language (language C) with level B2.
  • Non-native Spanish speakers:
    • languages A and B with level C1
    • second foreign language (language C), among those offered with level B2.

2. The student's previous training and experience in the field of interpreting and related areas will be an asset.

3. The curriculum vitae of applicants and their academic records will be assessed.

4. Candidates must pass an entrance test to determine their level of proficiency in the working languages and their aptitude for interpreting.

Subjects, academic staff, competences, teaching guides and final project regulations

For Master's Dissertations to be defended from the academic year 2019-20 onwards, it has been established that, along with the Master's Dissertation, the student must submit to the director the summarized report (% of coincidence) given through the Turnitin application, once the director has opened the application to obtain the aforementioned report (Approved by the Official Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies Committee, on its regular session dated 24th September 2019).


Collaboration agreements and programmes




Curso 2023-24.

El curso comenzará el  2 de octubre y finalizará el 30 de junio.


  • Specialisation Chinese-Spanish: Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 13:00 (provisional)

Occasionally, joint sessions will be organised in the afternoons or on Fridays.

  • Specialisation English-Spanish:  Monday to Thursday from 16:00 to 20:00 (provisional)

Occasionally, joint sessions will be organised in the mornings or on Fridays.


Edificio San José de Caracciolos

C/ Trinidad 3-5

28801. Alcalá de Henares


Colegio de Málaga

C/ Colegios 2

28801. Alcalá de Henares


Colegio de los Trinitarios

C/ Trinidad 3-5

28801. Alcalá de Henares

Material resources

Installations, services and plans
(Computer rooms, bibliographic resources, libraries, study rooms...):

Material resources available to course participants

External Practicums

Spanish Registry of Universities, Centres and Qualifications registration

Course implementation

Quality guarantee system

Quality committee

  • Elena Alcalde (directora del MA)
  • Carmen Valero (coordinadora y PDI)
  • Ingrid Cáceres (representante PDI)
  • Gabriel Cabrera (representante PDI)
  • Chiara Uliana (representante PDI)
  • Isabel San Vicente (responsable PAS) 
  • Jiayi Chen (representante de estudiantes)

Complaints and Suggestions