Overview

The Master of Translation and Interpreting is one of three cutting-edge postgraduate degrees offered by UNSW in this exciting field. It is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), which means you will gain the knowledge, skills and certification to work as a professional translator and interpreter in Australia and internationally.

Areas of specialisation covered in this degree include legal, medical, business, community and conference interpreting. Academic content is complemented by professional practical experience where you can apply what you learn in class to real-world, professional settings. You will learn academic and practical skills such as critical analysis, independent research and preparation, project management and team work – which are all related to the work of interpreters and translators. Courses are offered in the following language combinations with English, subject to student demand: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

Program Code

8204

CRICOS Code

083246B

Total units of credit (UOC)

96

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

190

Why choose this degree?

You will choose this degree if you intend to work as a competent and ethical interpreter and translator in international and domestic settings.

Who should choose this degree?

Those completing this degree mean to excel as professional translators and interpreters in areas including education and academia, international relations and tourism.

Degree Structure

Master of Translation & Interpreting

Duration: 2 years full-time (96 units of credit)

The Master of Translation and Interpreting is our flagship degree designed to give you equivalent preparation in both translation and interpreting. It provides a fully endorsed NAATI qualification that prepares you to sit the NAATI certification exams at the professional level in both translation and interpreting. With appropriate coursework selection, the program also prepares you to sit the certification exam at the conference interpreting, specialist interpreter (health and level), and advanced translator levels. Students may sit for certification exams at the provisional interpreter level, should they not meet all the requirements of professional interpreter.

In addition, students may complete a research thesis, if they meet requirements, and thus pursue qualification for direct entry into a Higher Degree by Research degree e.g. PhD.

The program aims to equip you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work as a competent and ethical interpreter and/or translator in international and domestic settings. Course content covers translation and interpreting in various areas: legal, medical, business, community and also in conference interpreting. The program is staffed by leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

Master of Interpreting

Duration: 1.5 years full-time (72 units of credit)

This postgraduate degree is an innovation in interpreting education. The Master of Interpreting reflects the growing international need for specialists with advanced knowledge and skills in interpreting practice

This degree is endorsed by NAATI at the professional interpreter level which includes specialised interpreter courses and encompasses all relevant interpreting modes including:

  • liaison interpreting
  • consecutive with note taking
  • sight translation
  • conference interpreting

Students may sit for certification exams at the provisional interpreter level, should they not meet all the requirements of professional interpreter.

Master of Translation

Duration: 1 to 1.5 years full-time (48 or 78 units of credit)

The Master of Translation at UNSW is the leading degree in the field, and one of only six translation programs in Australia. It is a NAATI endorsed degree that prepares students to sit NAATI certification exams at the professional translator and advanced translator level. The program will train you for work as a translator across a number of general specialised areas: media, technology, legal, scientific, technical, medical, and subtitling and captioning.

The degree is open to students with and without professional experience. Students who have prior experience will now undertake a streamlined degree of 1 year (48 units of credit) while students with less or no professional experience will study for 1.5 years (72 units of credit).

Single courses

UNSW Interpreting & Translation also offer a number of single course enrolment options for those already working in the industry who wish to enhance their professional development. All our courses are NAATI endorsed for certification and will contribute to your professional development points for recertification. Single courses run for 10 weeks and may count towards a full degree program should you decide to pursue this in the future

The following single courses are available for enrolment in Term 1, 2019:

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

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

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

From January 2018, all three programs at UNSW will be NAATI endorsed meaning students who complete the qualification at the standard required by NAATI may apply to sit a certification test.

Students who successfully complete a NAATI Endorsed Qualification will have fulfilled all the prerequisite criteria to access a NAATI certification test. Graduands of NAATI endorsed qualifications must apply directly to NAATI to access their certification test.

For more information about UNSW subjects required for NAATI endorsement please see below:

Master of Translation and Interpreting

  • Certified Provisional Interpreter
  • Certified Interpreter
  • Certified Translator
  • Certified Advanced Translator (1)
  • Certified Specialist Interpreter (Legal) (2)
  • Certified Specialist Interpreter (Health) (3)
  • Certified Conference Interpreter (4)

Required UNSW Units for recognition:

(1) MODL5107 or MODL5111 (in translation) or MODL5112 (in translation)

(2) MODL5101 and MODL5113

(3) MODL5102 and MODL5113

(4) MODL5105 and MODL5116

Master of Interpreting

  • Certified Provisional Interpreter
  • Certified Interpreter
  • Certified Specialist Interpreter (Legal) (1)
  • Certified Specialist Interpreter (Health) (2)
  • Certified Conference Interpreter (3)

Required UNSW Units for recognition:

(1) MODL5101 and MODL5113

(2) MODL5102 and MODL5113

(3) MODL5105 and MODL5116

Master of Translation

  • Certified Translator
  • Certified Advanced Translator (1)

Required UNSW Units for recognition:

(1) MODL5107 or MODL5111 (in translation) or MODL5112 (in translation)

For more information please go to the NAATI website.

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% and an advanced level of bilingual proficiency.

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 with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Apply Now

Fees

Indicative First Year Fee

$25,920^*

Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

$53,280^*

^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places are 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.

Back to listing
0