single degree

Master of Translation

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

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Translating and Interpreting
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Translating and Interpreting

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

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

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.

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.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 and with a successful assessment in the language of focus.

The language of focus may must 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.

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

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.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$26,880.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$41,280.00

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.

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 in Indigenous Australian Society

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.

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
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