Make critical contributions to crosslinguistic and cross-cultural communication in today’s globalised world.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Interpreting
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1.7 Year(s)

Overview

The UNSW Master of Interpreting is a 1.7 year full-time postgraduate degree that gives you practical experience in professional settings, alongside skills and theoretical foundations based on current research. Learn from leading interpreting and linguistics practitioners and researchers to prepare a successful career and open up opportunities in a variety of industries, both in Australia and overseas. This degree prepares you for National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) certification. 

This degree builds dynamic skills in communicating the spoken word. If you're more interested in communicating the written word, please see the UNSW Master of Translation.

Key features

Career skills
Build desirable career skills in critical analysis, project management, teamwork, independent research and preparation.

Specialist topics
Build legal, medical, welfare, business, community and conference interpreting knowledge.

Language variety
You can combine English with Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Spanish (subject to student demand).

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 you to participate in real-world interpreting work or observe experienced interpreters working in various professional settings. 

Why study at UNSW?

  • Become qualified through a National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) endorsed program
  • Be supported by our diverse, collaborative and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community.
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
8202
CRICOS Code
083233G
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Indicative Enrolments
16

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% and an advanced level of bilingual proficiency

Relevant disciplines include: Interpreting and Translation, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Business, Economics, Commerce, Law, Linguistics, Languages and Cognitive Science.

Applicants with a degree in a discipline not listed here but who wish to make a case for its academic relevance to these programs should enquire at studyarts@unsw.edu.au.

 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%^ and an advanced level of bilingual proficiency.

^Students from a non-211 university in China are now required to have a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW distinction average (75%).

Relevant disciplines include: Interpreting and Translation, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Business, Economics, Commerce, Law, Linguistics, Languages and Cognitive Science.

Applicants with a degree in a discipline not listed here but who wish to make a case for its academic relevance to these programs should enquire at studyarts@unsw.edu.au.

 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Master of Interpreting can be completed in 1.7 years full-time. It consist of 12 courses (72 Units of Credit) that includes 3 core courses, 4 advanced courses and 5 elective courses

You can also study an optional, additional course that has no credit value but develops your academic writing skills for humanities subjects.

This degree builds dynamic skills in communicating the spoken word. If you are more interested in communicating the written word, please see the UNSW Master of Translation.

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period.

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard full-time study plan.

First year

  • 2 Core courses
  • 1 Research core course
  • 5 Elective courses

Second year

  • 4 Advanced core courses

Future careers

A skilled professional interpreter understands the nuanced meaning of language, which includes culture and context, to accurately convey the intended spoken message.

Graduates of UNSW Master of Interpreting possess the skills required for global careers in government and in the private sector including law, health, education, tourism, business, media, science and technology, and international relations.

Potential careers

  • Education and Academia
  • Tourism
  • Business and Economics
  • Media and Journalism
  • Marketing and Publishing
  • Science and Technology
  • Health
  • Law and International Relations

Accreditation

The program is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). The program prepares graduates to sit the NAATI certification exam at the professional level in interpreting.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$26,880*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$40,440*

There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$37,950*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$58,350*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

Our scholarships can help you achieve your potential and enhance the university experience. Scholarships reward academic achievements and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.


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