Strengthen and build your translating skills through academic learning and professional experiences.

 

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

Overview

The UNSW Master of Translation is a 1.7 year full-time postgraduate degree that prepares you for a successful career as a certified translator, both in Australia and overseas. Choose from a variety of languages and industry specialisations. You'll learn current theory and critical skills from leading interpreting and linguistics practitioners and researchers, while gaining practical experience in professional settings.

Key features

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

Recognition of prior learning
Fast track your degree with the option to graduate in as little as one year with recognition of your previous studies and experience.

Career skills
Get practical professional experience and 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.

Learn from the best
The program is led by leading researchers and practitioners in the field of translation, interpreting and linguistics. Our programs are taught by experienced, NAATI accredited/certified practitioners. Our teachers are internationally recognised in legal and community interpreting, translation pedagogy and translation technologies. 

Links with industry
UNSW is an affiliate of AUSIT, the national professional association for interpreters and translators. You’ll have opportunities to gain real-world experience through translation work or observe experienced translators working in different professional settings such as Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

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
8203
CRICOS Code
083234F
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Indicative Enrolments
29

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Entry requirements

There are two different streams of the Master of Translation. The stream you apply for will depend on the depth of your prior academic and/or professional experience, and how closely it relates to translation.   

You may be eligible to have your study recognised via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If your work experience or prior study is recognised, credit points can be counted towards the degree, and you would then be able to complete the coursework undertaking fewer subjects.

You will need to meet the following admission requirements to be considered for entry into the program:

For the 1.7 year (72 UOC) stream (B)

  • 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.

For the 1 year (48 UOC) stream (A)

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% plus one year relevant professional experience 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, 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 here: 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.

There are two different streams of the Master of Translation. The stream you apply for will depend on the depth of your prior academic and/or professional experience, and how closely it relates to translation   

You may be eligible to have your study recognised via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If your work experience or prior study is recognised, credit points can be counted towards the degree, and you would then be able to complete the coursework undertaking fewer subjects.

You will need to meet the following admission requirements to be considered for entry into the program:

For the 1.7 year (72 UOC) stream (B)

  • 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.

For the 1 year (48 UOC) stream (A)

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% plus one year relevant professional experience 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, 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 here: 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 Translation is available in two streams. The stream that you study will depend on your existing experience and knowledge. The streams are referred to as Translation A and Translation B.

Translation A recognises your prior learning and experience, with only 8 courses and one year of full-time study. Translation B has 12 courses and 1.7 years of full-time study. The key difference is that the Translation B stream offers core courses and more elective courses than Translation A.

The programs include:

  • 2 Core courses (Translation B only)
  • 5 Prescribed electives (Translation B only)
  • 3 Prescribed electives (Translation A only)
  • 4 Advanced electives
  • 1 research course

Full program structure

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

This program is structured to acknowledge the skills that you bring to your postgraduate education. Depending on your level of experience, you can study a streamlined degree in one year. Below is an example of what you could study in a standard full-time study plan.

Stream: Translation A

First year

  • 1 Research core course
  • 3 Prescribed electives
  • 4 Advanced electives

Stream: Translation B

First year

  • 2 Core courses
  • 1 Research core course
  • 5 Prescribed electives

Second year

  • 4 Advanced electives

Future careers

As a professional translator, you’ll be able to pursue a global career and or work from the comfort of your own home.  Graduates of the UNSW Master of Translation possess the skills required for careers in government and in the private sector. Our graduates work in a variety of areas, including law, health, education, tourism, business, media, science and technology, 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 translation.

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.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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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
$36,480*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$56,460*

*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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