Master of Translation

The Master of Translation is designed to provide you with a focused qualification in the practice of translation, along with an understanding of the history of translation and an appreciation of a number of critical issues in the field.

Students specialise in translating between English and any of the languages specialisations taught at ANU, including: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, classical Latin and Greek, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Korean, Pacific Pidgins, Persian, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tetum, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

An advanced option which involves a semester long translation project is also available. 

Please note: in 2015 this degree will be replaced by a new two-year Master of Translation.

Career options

The Master of Translation will equip you with specialised skills in a language of your choice. The deep understanding of a language and how to translate it that our program offers leads to careers as professional translators (including literary translation) and interpreters, but also provides an excellent foundation for other careers, including editing and education. It may also act as a pathway to further study in translation.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold an Australian Bachelor degree with at least second class honours, division A, or an equivalent qualification from other countries. The degree should normally be in the social sciences or humanities. In cases where applicants have not undertaken an honours degree, 'equivalence' may be met by:

• a very good four-year bachelor degree; or

• a very good graduate diploma; or

• a very good three-year bachelor degree and substantial relevant work experience.

As a guide, 'very good' normally refers to an A/B+ average or a Distinction average.

Overseas candidates from non-English speaking backgrounds must demonstrate that they meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

All candidates should be fluent in one language (e.g. English) and will have advanced competency in a second language.

Master of Translation (Advanced)

The Master of Translation (Advanced) incorporates a translation project and is a one semester extension to the Master program. You must complete the Master of Translation with a minimum 70% course average to gain entry to this degree.

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