single degree

Master of Translation

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

MTRANS
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Translating and Interpreting
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Translating and Interpreting
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Translation requires completion of 96 units, of which:

96 units must come from 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of introductory courses in any of the following lists:

Ancient Greek

GREK6125 Advanced Ancient Greek

Arabic

ARAB6503 Advanced Arabic A

ARAB6504 Advanced Arabic B

Chinese

CHIN6522 Modern Chinese 5

CHIN6523 Modern Chinese 6

CHIN6524 Advanced Modern Chinese A

CHIN6525 Advanced Modern Chinese B

English

CLAS6001 Traditional Grammar

ENGL6015 Introduction to Creative Writing

ESEN6101 Extended University English

LING6001 Introduction to the Study of Language

LING6020 The Structure of English

French

FREN6010 Advanced French I

FREN6011 Advanced French II

German

GERM6507 German Studies - Advanced 1

GERM6508 German Studies: Advanced German 2

Hindi

HIND6600 Hindi 6

Indonesian

INDN6503 Indonesian 6

Italian

ITAL3015 Advanced Italian Topics in Language, Culture and Society

ITAL3016 Advanced Italian Topics in Language and Literary Studies

Japanese

JPNS6014 Japanese 5

JPNS6015 Japanese 6

Korean

KORE6513 Korean 6

Latin

LATN6125 Advanced Latin

Literary Chinese

CHIN6530 Literary Chinese 1

CHIN6531 Literary Chinese 2

Persian

PERS6005 Advanced Persian A

PERS6006 Advanced Persian B

Sanskrit

SKRT6106 Sanskrit 6

Spanish

SPAN6509 Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Linguistics

SPAN6510 Advanced Spanish Topics in Language and Culture

Thai

THAI6008 Thai 6

Vietnamese

VIET6503 Vietnamese 6

24 units from the following Research component:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory research training courses

LANG6001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts

LANG6002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials

LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation

6 units from one of the following research project courses

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

LANG8016 Translation Project


Maximum 24 units from completion of contextual courses in any of the following lists:

Cross Cultural Communication

LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication

ASIA8051 Language and Power in Asia and the Pacific

Communication Genres

COMP8705 Communication for Computing Professionals II

ENGL6026 Creative Writing 3 Advanced Fiction

HIST8011 Biography and History

HUMN8026 Writing in the Public Sphere

INTR8065 Writing International Relations

MGMT7001 Business Communication

POGO8037 Writing Public Policy

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public


Maximum 24 units from completion of courses on one of the following lists:

Arabic

ARAB6505 Introductory Course to Arabic Linguistics

ARAB6506 Research Project (Arabic)

ARAB6507 Introductory Course to Arabic Literature

ARAB6508 Special Topics in Arabic

ARAB6509 Directed Study Project (Arabic)

ARAB6510 Arab Current Affairs and Media Arabic

Australian Indigenous Languages and Society

ANTH6005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment

LING6016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia

Chinese

CHIN6015 Advanced Literary Chinese*

CHIN6041 Chinese-English Translation

CHST6211 Reading China: Past and Present

CHST6212 Reading Chinese Literature: Theory and Criticism

CHIN6216 Chinese-English Interpreting: Methodology and Practice

CHIN6530 Literary Chinese 1

CHIN6531 Literary Chinese 2

LING6017 Chinese Linguistics

   *CHIN6015 may be completed more than once if the topic is different.

English

LING6008 Semantics

LING6023 Dictionaries and Dictionary-Making

LING6030 Advanced Academic English

LING6529 The History of the English Language

LING8026 Qualitative Research Methods in Language Studies

ENGL6008 Introduction to Literary Theory

ENGL6025 Contemporary Australian Writing

ENGL6117 The Politics of Comedy from the Globe to The Office

French

FREN6012 Global Paris: Culture, History and Identity in the French Capital

FREN6510 Selected Topics in French Studies*

FREN6515 The sounds of French: phonetics and pronunciation

FREN6513 Current Affairs and the French Press (Advanced)

FREN6514 Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film

*FREN6510 Selected Topics in French Studies may be completed more than once if the topic is different.

German

GERM6051 German Literature and Culture Today

GERM6510 Berlin Stories: Places, Words, Images

GERM6511 Gender in German Culture: From Goethe to Trans*

GERM6513 German Film Since the Wall: Identity, History and Belonging

Hindi

ASIA6083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A

ASIA6108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B

HIND6525 Learning Language Locally: India

Indonesian

ASIA6083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A

ASIA6108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B

INDN6015 Advanced Indonesian: Translation into English

INDN6104 Advanced Indonesian: History and Development of the Language

INDN6525 Learning Language Locally: Indonesia

Italian

ITAL6509 Advanced Italian Topics in Language, Culture and Society

ITAL6510 Advanced Italian Topics in Language and Literary Studies

Japanese

JPNS6023 Research Topics in Japanese: History & Society

JPNS6025 Research Topics in Japanese: International Relations & Politics

JPNS6102 Debating Japan: Contemporary Intellectual Debate

JPNS6505 Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan

JPNS6506 Advanced Japanese: Language in Context

JPNS6507 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society

JPNS6508 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature

JPNS6512 Teaching Japanese: Content

JPNS6513 Japanese - English Translation

JPNS6514 Teaching Japanese Method

JPNS6525 Learning Language Locally: Japan

Korean

KORE6017 Advanced Korean: Film and Society

KORE6018 Advanced Korean: Literature and Media

Literary Chinese

CHIN6015 Advanced Literary Chinese*

* CHIN6015 may be completed more than once if the topic is different.

Sanskrit

SKRT6002 Advanced Sanskrit Literature A

SKRT6003 Advanced Sanskrit Literature B

ASIA6083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A

ASIA6108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B

Spanish

SPAN6511 Music and Society in the Spanish-Speaking World

SPAN6513 Current Affairs in the Spanish-Speaking World

SPAN6514 The Structure of Spanish

SPAN6517 Cinema from the Spanish-speaking World

SPAN6518 The Sounds of Spanish

SPAN6604 Multilingualism and indigenous people in the America

LANG6004 Language and Society in Latin America

Thai

THAI6525 Learning Language Locally: Thailand

ASIA6083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A

ASIA6108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B

Vietnamese

VIET6525 Learning Language Locally: Vietnam

VIET6015 Vietnamese-English Translation

ASIA6083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A

ASIA6108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Hurdle Requirements

Students must complete the Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0 in order to commence the Master degree.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Introductory Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units
LANG6001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts 6 units LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation 6 units Contextual Course 6 units Contextual Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units LANG6002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials 6 units Research Project course 6 units Contextual Course 6 units Contextual Course 6 units
ANU elective course 6 units ANU elective course 6 units ANU elective course 6 units ANU elective course 6 units

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0 and with a successful assessment in the language of focus.


The language of focus may be any of those listed under Program Requirements.


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 or Bachelors, 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.


Cognate Disciplines

Applied Linguistics, Communication, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Translating/Interpreting, Area Studies.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.


Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. 

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate Disciplines

Applied Linguistics, Communication, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Translating/Interpreting, Area Studies.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$43,344.00

Scholarships

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.

A Master of Translation will equip you with the highly-developed analytical and written communication skills in English and a language of focus, which you need to succeed in professional translation, as well as intercultural competence and transferable skills that will prepare you to succeed in increasingly global, multilingual work environments. It is designed to provide students with a focused qualification in the fields of literary and technical translation, along with an understanding of the history of translation and an appreciation of many critical issues in the field.

The ANU is home to a team of world-renowned intercultural specialists and language specialists who are also experienced translators. ANU offers the greatest variety of specialised language expertise available in Australia and is the ideal location for your study of translation.

The Master of Translation is a professional degree endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Upon successful completion of the Program, students are eligible for the Certified Translator testing level subject to the availability of the NAATI certification tests for each language.

 

 

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of translation theory and practice specific to English and the language of focus;
  2. evaluate theories concerning the nature and use of translation and the practical application of those theories to specific areas of interest to the student;
  3. demonstrate an awareness of fundamental issues in translation including the processes of translation, assessing translations, the place of register and genre, and the questions of pragmatic and cultural interpretation;
  4. critically apply theoretical frameworks to the creation of translations;
  5. show analytic skills and creative thinking in translating between English and the language of focus.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Further Information

  • NAATI certification – IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS:
  • If not taken from contextual list, students are advised to complete LING6021 in their elective courses offered by ANU list.
  • 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 or Bachelors, 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.
  • 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.
  • Students are strongly recommended to discuss their study options with the program convenor.


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