Master of  Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Program code: 5593

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

2 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting provides intensive training in translation from English into Chinese and vice versa, as well as interpreting between English and Mandarin.

  • This two year, full time program is ideal for those with an approved degree or equivalent in any field, and proficiency in spoken and written Chinese and English. Please see Program Details for entry requirements.
  • Undertake training in areas including society, business and trade, law, science and technology, politics and international relations, and have the option to apply for NAATI certification upon completion.
  • Undertake 100 hours of field practice in translation and interpreting, which has been set to meet NAATI guidelines. This supervised practice is designed to introduce you to active translation and interpreting tasks within specific field settings.
  • Join the lively intellectual culture of the School of Languages and Cultures. You will attend forums, seminars and public lectures, and have access to top training facilities, equipped with a simultaneous interpreting booth constructed to UN standards.

Studies in translation and interpreting equip you with the necessary knowledge, tools and foundations for future employment as a professional interpreter and / or translator.

  • Professional membership

    NAATI endorsed

    Students who complete the program may be eligible to undertake the following NAATI certification tests: Certified Translator, Certified Interpreter, Certified Conference Interpreter and Certified Advanced Translator. 

  • Alumni
    "Studying at UQ laid a solid foundation for a successful career. I always wanted to become a professional interpreter and translator, so I chose to study at UQ to achieve my goal." Jewel Gao, Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting (Advanced)
    Owner - Chinese language service provider

Career outcomes

Apart from working as a professional interpreter and / or translator, the language skills acquired in your studies are an advantage for careers in business, diplomacy, law, health, education and academia.

Some graduates teach translation and interpreting at universities or colleges, or pursue further study towards a PhD.

Summary

  • Program code
    5593
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    32
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

A bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field with a grade point average of 4.5, and proficiency in spoken and written Chinese and English.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of 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 Master of 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 Master of 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).

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $23,350
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting is 5593. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

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

Information about the aptitude test can be found on the School of Languages and Cultures website.

There are limited places available each semester and entry into the program is very competitive.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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