Master of Translation

1.5-2 years full-time, Parkville Campus - Domestic and International students.


The Master of Translation is a new program offered from 2015 for Mandarin Chinese-English bilinguals. The program will prepare you for a career as a professional translator, mediating Australia's international relations. Graduates may work in fields such as government, commerce, law, or international relations.

During the course, you will develop professional skills translating specialised topics, managing terminology, using translation technologies and negotiating the cultural and intellectual boundaries of the Chinese- and English-speaking worlds.

An internship is a core component of the program, which allows you to develop your professional translation skills in practice within industry. To enrich your studies in translation, you may undertake elective subjects in the broad fields of culture and communication, and languages and linguistics.

For those interested in research or further study (such as a PhD), an Extended Master of Translation is available. It involves an additional semester of study in which you complete a minor thesis of 10,000 words.

Although the Master of Translation is currently only offered for Chinese (Mandarin) and English languages, the University will look to introduce other Asian and European languages in the future.

The Master of Translation and Master of Translation (Extended) at Melbourne University are approved by NAATI (National Authority for Accreditation for Translators and Interpreters) at a professional level. This means that NAATI has examined the program and approved it as suitable for students who wish to obtain NAATI accreditation as a Professional Translator (both directions). Students who satisfy the requirements will be recommended to NAATI for accreditation.

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences has an exciting new Merit Scholarship to award to a commencing Master of Translation student. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit and provides a one-off grant of $5000, to help you meet the costs associated with graduate study. All applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarship. No separate application is necessary.
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You will have the opportunity to

  • Understand English/Chinese cultural and intellectual foundations

  • Familiarise yourself with translation technologies

  • Develop high-level skills to translate across a range of genres

  • Study and work in team-based and project-based work environments

  • Adapt to new professional contexts, and hone your judgement and decision-making skills

  • Complete an internship to put your translation skills to practice within a professional environment

  • Undertake a minor thesis, demonstrating the ability to solve authentic translation problems.

Master of Translation approved for government payments

Exciting news - the Master of Translation has been approved for government payments, so domestic students aged 18-24 enrolled in full time study will be able to receive Youth Allowance, alongside our existing approved programs (Master of International Relations, Executive Master of Arts, Master of Cultural Materials Conservation).

Students must be Australian citizens or permanent residents to be eligible - New Zealand students on an SVC visa are not eligible for Youth Allowance. For more information on residency please visit the Department of Human Services Residence descriptions web page.

Careers in translation

This program will be taught by leading industry practitioners and academics. You will be trained in a range of skills for employment in professions involving translation, including international relations, foreign affairs, business and diplomacy.

Students will gain a deep understanding of both the theory and practice of translation and interpretation.

As a graduate, you can expect to work in areas such as:
  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • International relations
  • Multi-national firms
  • Commercial and industrial organisations
  • Civil service
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