Why study the Graduate Diploma in Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting is a suite of programs including a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Masters qualification, designed to develop students' practical techniques and skills of translation between English and Chinese and interpreting between English and Mandarin. It seeks to help them obtain an understanding of theories and professional aspects of translation and interpreting and to apply them in translation and interpreting practice. Emphasis will be placed on professional translation and interpreting.

Students who proceed to complete the Masters program will be qualified up to the first professional level specified by NAATI (formerly known as level 3). They will be trained in different areas including society, business and trade, law, science and technology, politics and international relations, and will be expected to satisfactorily perform as professionals in related translation and interpreting situations.
There are limited places available each semester and entry into the program is very competitive. Early applications are strongly encouraged.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Approved degree in any discipline; or


If required, have completed an aptitude test to the standard set by the Executive Dean.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Practicals, placements and internships

Students are required to do 120 hours of field practice in translation and interpreting, which has been set to meet the NAATI guidelines. This field practice is designed to introduce and involve students in active translation and interpreting tasks within specific field settings and under the supervision of the program convenor, experienced translators/interpreters or a mentor assigned by the program convenor. Whilst the overall purpose of the practicum is to ensure that students have maximum opportunity to be active in translation/interpreting tasks, other learning activities related to the general work context of translation/interpreting eg attending interdisciplinary meetings, conferences, an agency visit and interpreter assisted court proceedings will be facilitated wherever and whenever possible. Students are placed in various government and community organisations and companies around Brisbane. If students are not able to go on placement due to family or other reasons they are provided with simulated practice on campus by the course coordinator.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters at the first Professional level (formerly NAATI level 3).

Accreditation body

The Graduate Diploma in Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting is accredited by:

  • National Accreditation Authority For Translators And Interpreters

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

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