The Master of Translation 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.

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Why choose this degree?

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

Who should choose this degree?

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

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are as follows:

For the 1.5 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.

  • It is expected that a Graduate Diploma will have been completed after an undergraduate degree.

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.

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