Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

With the constant growth in international communication in the digital age, the demand for translation is increasing.

This postgraduate diploma is the first level in professional translator training. You will gain a sound appreciation of translation as a professional activity and learn about the local and global translation market.

You will engage in hands-on translation practice, learn to use and understand the electronic tools essential to the modern translator, and explore translation theory and cutting-edge research.

Read the full programme regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies in the University of Auckland Calendar.

Programme structure

This 120-point programme combines theoretical issues with translation practice over one year full-time or up to four years part-time. It consists of two core courses and additional elective courses in translation and languages.

We are making changes to the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies, so you should contact the Postgraduate Adviser to discuss your enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you have an opportunity to study English discourse and grammar, as well as the editing of English texts.

  • 120 points
  • Two core courses in translation theory and practice (30 points)
  • Elective courses in translation and languages (90 points)
  • One year full-time or up to four years part-time

You can become a full member of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) if you receive a B grade average or higher and at least a B+ in your translation practice course.

You can find the requirements for your study in the PGDipTranslationStud Schedule, and take a look at our postgraduate courses in Translation Studies.

Subjects available in this programme

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

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.

  • Taught 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 3.0

    Bachelors degree

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed a bachelors degree in any subject and have competence in one of the languages offered for the PGDipTranslationStud equivalent to at least the level of a B+ grade in a language course at Stage III.

If you have not undertaken tertiary study in your chosen language you will need to sit a language test to demonstrate your competence.

Other pathways to study

If you have not completed the required prior study, or do not meet the required GPA, the Graduate Diploma in Arts is a suitable pathway.

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.

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised university (or similar institution), and have competence in one of the languages offered for the PGDipTranslationStud equivalent to at least a GPE of 6.0 in a language course at an advanced level.
  • Professional experience or training in translation equivalent to a degree.

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 IELTS Academic score of 7.0.

If you have not undertaken tertiary study in your chosen language you will need to sit a language test to demonstrate your competence.

Other pathways to study

If you have not completed the required prior study, or do not meet the required GPE, the Graduate Diploma in Arts is a suitable pathway.

How much does a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,072*
International students
NZ$32,392*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 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 $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

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

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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 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

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Where could this programme take you?

This programme will provide you with a good foundation for entering the translation profession. Many translators work as freelancers, others work as in-house translators or for translation agencies. Translators usually specialise in areas such as software and website localisation, or technical, audiovisual or literary translation.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Captioner
  • Copy editor
  • Localiser
  • Subtitler
  • Technical translator
  • Terminologist
  • Translation project manager

Ivy completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies and now works as a freelance translator.

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