Postgraduate

Master of Translation Studies

Complete professionally endorsed translation training between English and one of eight Asian and European languages.
1.5-2
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

UWA’s Master of Translation Studies students will graduate with a qualification relevant to professional employment in a range of business, government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas. This course could lead to career opportunities as a: copywriter, advertising professional, foreign affairs and trade officer, bilingual professional, post-editor, terminologist or translator.


UWA’s Master of Translation Studies students will graduate with a qualification relevant to professional employment in a range of business, government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas. This course could lead to career opportunities as a: copywriter, advertising professional, foreign affairs and trade officer, bilingual professional, post-editor, terminologist or translator.


Further Study

If you complete a dissertation as part of this course, you may choose to progress to an MPhil or PhD.
If you complete a dissertation as part of this course, you may choose to progress to an MPhil or PhD.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$46,800.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2019
$66,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$67,600.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Internships

As part of your studies, you can choose to complete a six-week work placement, either in Australia or overseas. You can apply for your own internship, or via one of our hosts, including:

  • UWA International Centre
  • The Confucius Institute
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • The Oriental Journal
  • Scoop online magazine
  • WA Museum
  • Government bodies
  • Immigration and education agencies

These internships ensure a high level of practical training and provide the opportunity for professional contacts for future employment. On occasion, graduates gain ongoing employment with their hosts on completion of their studies.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a relevant major;
and
(c)(i) demonstrated native or near-native proficiency in the chosen language specialisation; or
ii) for French, Italian, German, and Spanish, B2/C1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; for Chinese, HSK 4 to 5; for Japanese, Level N2/N3 at the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test); for Indonesian, Level 3 at the UKBI (UjianKemahiran Bahasa Indonesia) or Level 4 at the ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings); and for Korean, Level 4 at the TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean).

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Gain world-class specialised translation training at the largest language hub in Western Australia. In this course, you'll complete professionally endorsed translation training between English and one of eight Asian and European languages. Designed for graduates pursuing bilingual and multilingual careers, this course helps you develop a competitive edge and the ability to thrive in an increasingly globalised job market. Taken over 1.5 year or 2 years, this is the only course of its kind in Western Australia, offering professional translation training between English and one of the following languages: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The course also offers the flexibility of taking either the coursework only pathway or the coursework and dissertation pathway, should you plan to progress to a PhD in translation studies.

About The Course

The Master of Translation Studies provides advanced translation training to develop your abilities to practise as a bilingual/multilingual professional. The course, taught by practitioners and translation researchers, is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), making you eligible to apply to the prestigious NAATI certification as an Advanced Professional or Professional Translator.

 

Master of Translation Studies

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 10 hours plus own study time
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 12520
CRICOS code
  • 079540G
Master of Translation Studies
Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 10 hours plus own study time
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 12520
CRICOS code
  • 079540G
Full time/part time duration
  • 1.5-2 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Translation Studies

Specialisations

You will specialise in translating in both directions between English and one of our eight Asian and European languages:

  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

You can elect to specialise in Chinese interpreting, an option that was established in response to strong industry demand. This will train you in techniques used in business and community settings.

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Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

The Master of Translation offers eight language specialisations. A Chinese Interpreting specialisation is also available to students in the Chinese specialisation in the second year of their degree.

Coursework only students undertaking the Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Italian or Spanish specialisation: take 6 points from Group A, 24 points from Group B, and 24 points from the relevant language specialisation.

Coursework only students undertaking the Chinese Interpreting specialisation: take 6 points from Group A, 24 points from the Chinese Specialisation, and 24 points from the Chinese Interpreting specialisation.

Coursework and dissertation students take 6 points from Group A, 24 points from Group C, and 24 points from the relevant language specialisation.

Internships

As part of your studies, you can choose to complete a six-week work placement, either in Australia or overseas. You can apply for your own internship, or via one of our hosts, including:

  • UWA International Centre
  • The Confucius Institute
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • The Oriental Journal
  • Scoop online magazine
  • WA Museum
  • Government bodies
  • Immigration and education agencies

These internships ensure a high level of practical training and provide the opportunity for professional contacts for future employment. On occasion, graduates gain ongoing employment with their hosts on completion of their studies.

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SKILLS

Acquire Translator Skills

Students translate written texts and are sometimes asked to do some interpreting. But how?

  • Develop linguistic mastery via writing and reading practice of a variety of text types related to diverse professional contexts
  • Acquire intercultural awareness via research, consultation with experts, immersion in an English-speaking and/or foreign culture
  • Become technology savvy by building translation memories and glossaries using state-of-the-art tools, and become conversant with powerful corpus-based techniques to mine big (language) data
  • Learn to collaborate with professionals and become a ‘connected’ translator
  • Train to do low-level consecutive interpreting (spoken translation) to prepare for language-related demands.
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Graduate Pathways

If you’re interested in this area of study, gain an advantage by choosing to complete a Graduate Pathway which sees you combine your first degree with your second.

Course Accreditation

The Master of Translation is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority of Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) making students eligible to sit the NAATI test for Advanced Certified Translator or Certified Translator, upon completion of the Master, and with no other pre-requisites demanded by the accreditation body.
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Top 5 reasons to study translation studies

  • Learn with translators and scholars who are leaders in their fields.
  • Be a part of a network of professionals and researchers in translation studies.
  • Fulfil your love for languages and cultures.
  • Be equipped with the high language and communication skills required in our globalised world.
  • Join an exciting profession offering much flexibility and variety.
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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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