Master of Interpreting

In today’s global world, interpreters make critical contributions to crosslinguistic and cross-cultural communication.  

Interpreters help bridge the gaps between languages by listening to a speaker in one language and rendering the speaker’s words into a second language in the most appropriate manner. A skilled interpreter will be adept at understanding the meaning, as well as the cultural and contextual nuances of the two languages, to accurately convey the intended spoken meaning. 

At UNSW, you’ll learn interpreting theory and skills based on up to date research through both academic classes and practical professional experiences to prepare you for a successful career in many industries and countries. 

Learn from the Best 

You’ll be taught by leading researchers and practitioners in the field of interpreting and linguistics. UNSW’s Master of Interpreting degree covers areas of specialisation including Legal, Medical, Welfare, Business, Community and Conference interpreting.  

The program is offered in the following language combinations with English, subject to student demand: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.  

Professionally Recognised 

This program is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). The Master of Interpreting will equip you with the knowledge and skills to prepare you to sit for the NAATI certification examination and to work as a professional interpreter in Australia and internationally.  

Real-World Ready 

This degree combines in-class learning with practical experience where you can apply your learnings in real-world, professional settings. You will learn academic and practical skills such as critical analysis, independent research and preparation, project management and teamwork – which are all related to the work of interpreters. 

Links With Industry 

UNSW is an affiliate of AUSIT, the national professional association for interpreters and translators. Work Integrated Opportunities may also be offered within or outside of the university by different organisations. These opportunities allow students to participate in real interpreting work or observe experienced interpreters working in various professional settings. 

A World of Opportunity 

As a professional interpreter will have the opportunity to pursue a global career with the possibility to work in different parts of the world. 

Our degree develops our students’ professional interpreting skills necessary for employment in government and private sectors.  

Graduates of the Master of Interpreting at UNSW work in a variety of domestic and international areas, including Law, Health, Education, Tourism, Business, Media, Science and Technology, and International Relations.  

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