Duration
Full-time: 18 months
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2020 Semester Two – 20 July
Available locations
City
Points
180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught options available

Programme overview

This masters programme provides specialised training for  professional translators who are well attuned to today’s global industry requirements.

You can gain the practical skills and knowledge required to work in translation and related fields of intercultural communication. You will use cutting-edge professional tools to translate software, websites and audiovisual content.

Courses consist of lectures and practical laboratory sessions where you will have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals.

This programme is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Programme structure

The Master of Translation is a 180-point taught programme. It is made up of both taught courses and practical courses informed by academic research and industry developments. It can be completed full-time in 18 months, or part-time in up to six years. 

You will complete four compulsory core courses, and choose two elective courses based around your chosen language.

  • Four core courses in digital translation, computer-aided translation, translation theory and advanced practical translation work (120 points).
  • One core course focusing on specialised translation in your chosen language (30 points).
  • One advanced language acquisition course in your chosen language, or a course in community translation and interpreting (30 points). 

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Sample programme structure

Year 1 120 points

  • Code:
    TRANSLAT 712
    Name:
    Computer-aided Translation (CAT) Tools
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    TRANSLAT 719
    Name:
    Translation Theories and Paradigms
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    TRANSLAT 713
    Name:
    Community Interpreting and Contextual Studies
    Type:
    Core taught
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    Stage VII course
    Name:
    Specialised translation course in your chosen language
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    30 pts

Year 2 60 points

  • Code:
    TRANSLAT 700
    Name:
    Digital Translation
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    TRANSLAT 720
    Name:
    Translation Portfolio
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts

Subjects available in this programme

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2020 entry requirements

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Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Arts.

Further programme requirements

Taught 180 points

You need to have competence in one of the languages offered for the MTrans (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish) other than English, equivalent to at least the level of a B+ grade in a language course at Stage III.

An interview and written aptitude test may be required.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree in Arts.

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    7.0

    Overall score of 7.0 and no bands below 6.5.

    See alternative English language requirements

Further programme requirements

Taught 180 points

You need to have competence in one of the languages offered for the MTrans (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish) other than English, with a GPE of 6.0 in a language course at an advanced level equivalent to at least the level of a B+ grade in a language course at Stage II (equivalent to above B2 in CEFR).

If you are not a native speaker of English and have not had at least three years of tertiary education with English as the language of instruction, you need a minimum overall score of IELTS (Academic) 7.0 or equivalent.

An interview and written aptitude test may be required.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Translation cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,398.80*
International students
NZ$33,688*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.06 per point, estimated at $1,270.80 for full-time study (180 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
8 December 2018
Semester Two 2019
4 July 2019

Start dates

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

Completing this masters programme will set you apart in the translation profession, with specialised training including localisation and audiovisual translation. You will be equipped with an extensive knowledge of translation technologies and tools.

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