A Master of Translation will equip you with the highly-developed analytical and communication skills in English and a language of focus that you need to succeed in professional translation. It is designed to provide students 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.
The program focuses on training you to become a qualified literary translator, but also provides an understanding of the history of translation and an appreciation of critical issues in the field.
The ANU is home to a team of world renowned academics with the greatest variety of specialised language expertise available in Australia and is the ideal location for your study of translation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- demonstrate a thorough knowledge of translation theory and practice specific to English and the language of focus;
- evaluate theories concerning the nature and use of translation and the practical application of those theories to specific areas of interest to the student;
- demonstrate an awareness of basic issues in translation including the processes of translation, assessing translations, the place of register and genre, and the questions of pragmatic and cultural interpretation;
- critically apply theoretical frameworks to the creation of translations;
- show analytic skills and creative thinking in translating between English and the language of focus.
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65 per cent and with a successful assessment of a language other than English.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate attainment of the Learning Outcomes in a major in their language of focus. This can be through demonstration of having completed a language major at an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent, or of having language ability equivalent to the level attained by completion of a language major as determined by a language assessment conducted by an ANU staff member in the relevant language of focus.
All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
Languages, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, English, Literature, Communication, Translating/Interpreting
The Master of Translation requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
12 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:
LANG6001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts
LANG6002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials
24 units from completion of the English Language specialisation
12 units from completion of translation and language courses from the following list
ASIA6101 Language in Asia (L)
CHIN6041 Case Studies in Translation: Chinese/English
CHIN6042 Toolkit for Chinese Studies and Translation
CHIN6220 Translating Chinese Literature: Pointing to the Moon
INDN6004 Readings in Southeast Asian Culture
INDN6015 Translation from Indonesian
JPNS6513 Japanese-English Translation
JPNS6102 Japanese Seminar A
LANG6016 Translation Project
LANG6023 Translation Workshop: Translators and Their Experience
LANG6103 Acquiring Pragmatics of a Second Language
LANG6040 Critical Readings for Translators
LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation
LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication
LING6002 Language and Society
LING6018 Languages in Contact
LING6525 Special Topics in Linguistics
LING8010 Topics in Language, Text and Discourse
24 units from completion of courses from any of the following:
BURM6002 Introduction to Burmese
PASI6010 Talking the Pacific: Melanesian pidgins and creoles in social context
PASI6020 An introduction to Languages of the Pacific
MNGL6002 Mongolian 1A
MNGL6003 Mongolian 1B
TETM6002 Tetum 1A
TETM6003 Tetum 1B
URDU6508 Advanced Readings in South Asias Cultures
URDU6108 Readings in South Asian Cultures
URDU6300 Urdu 2A
URDU6400 Urdu 2B
URDU6500 Urdu 2C
URDU6600 Urdu 2D
24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
A course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.
- Annual indicative fee for international students
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
- Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
- Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.