Translation Studies

Our programmes in Translation Studies are designed to develop real-world knowledge and meet the need for professional translators and translation researchers.

Subject overview

At undergraduate level, you can learn about the translation and interpreting skills needed to navigate today’s diverse societies and workplaces.

Our postgraduate programmes are designed to prepare you for the dynamic profession of translation and interpretation. Language service providers and translation agencies in New Zealand and around the world are increasingly demanding specialised qualifications in translation when recruiting translators. 

We offer a well-balanced mix of practical and theoretical courses to prepare you to communicate across languages and cultures in different settings.

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies and Master of Translation are the only qualifications available in New Zealand that are endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Where can Translation Studies take you?

Translation Studies can lead to a broad range of careers concerned with interlingual and intercultural communication.

Career options include working for translation companies that are increasingly seeking translators who can work with technologies. There are also many opportunities with international organisations in areas such as business and trade, diplomacy, journalism and community management.

With the constant growth in international communication, the demand for translation, technological and intercultural skills is increasing – and many translators undertake freelance work or set up their own businesses with clients from all over the world.

Meet graduates working in translation and interpreting

Explore your study options in Translation Studies