Interpreting & Translation

Overview

A practice-orientated program that will provide you with the comprehensive skills needed for a career in professional interpreting and translation.

We are pleased to offer three postgraduate coursework programs in interpreting and translation.

Our programs provide an intensive and practice-oriented education that attracts students from diverse backgrounds.

You will be taught in purpose-built interpreting and translation facilities, benefitting from a supportive and interactive environment, with access to excellent learning and teaching resources.

We place a strong emphasis on developing the comprehensive skills required for real-world professional interpreting and translating, including advanced communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills.

Innovative teaching methods link practice with theory and will equip you with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the growing domestic and international interpreting and translation markets.

Courses in all interpreting and translation programs are offered in English, with streams in the following languages:

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish

The Master of Arts in Interpreting and Translation Studies is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Structure

Master of Arts in Interpreting and Translation Studies

This one-year program prepares students for professional careers as translators and interpreters in key languages required by the international and domestic markets. This program is NAATI approved at the professional translator level. Students gain professional experience by completing a significant practicum component. Students complete eight courses in total, seven core courses and one elective course.

Master of Arts (Extension) in Interpreting and Translation

This one-and-a-half year program prepares students for professional activities as highly qualified translators and interpreters. The three semesters of the program allow for further development of interpreting skills. This program is NAATI approved at both the professional translator and professional interpreter level. Students gain professional experience by completing a significant practicum component. Students complete twelve courses over three semesters, including eleven core courses and one elective course.

Graduate Certificate in Interpreting

This four course program offers a suite of practical interpreting courses, including community interpreting and conference interpreting. Students are trained in a variety of interpreting modes and fields required by the global industry.

Sample Courses Offered

  • Translation and Interpreting Theories
  • Interpreting in Legal Settings
  • Interpreting in Business and Community Settings
  • Conference Interpreting*
  • Interpreting Practicum
  • Translation in Specialized Areas
  • Translation in the Media
  • Preparation for Accreditation in Translation
  • Technology for Translation

*for Master (Extension) students only

Careers

Graduates gain employment as professional translators and/or interpreters in the Australian and international markets. They have the professional interpreting and translation skills necessary for employment in government and private sectors in conference, legal, community and diplomatic settings.

Opportunities

As an interpreting and translation practitioner you will be given the opportunity to take professional development courses to enhance your expertise. The courses are studied weekly during semester.

Students are given the opportunity to gain NAATI accreditation if they comply with the necessary criteria.

Entry Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree with performance at credit level or better
  • Demonstrated advanced bilingual or near-native proficiency
  • Satisfactory performance in Program aptitude test
Discipline Information

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