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Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Overview

Qualify as a professional Chinese translator and interpreter.

This 2-year program will give you an understanding of theories and professional aspects of translation and interpreting, and how to apply them in practice.

Emphasis is placed on professional translation and interpreting from English into Chinese and vice versa, as well as interpreting between English and Mandarin. You'll also be trained in different areas including society, business and trade, law, science and technology, politics and international relations.

By completing the master's program, you'll meet the first professional level specified by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters).

You'll have access to one of the top interpreter training facilities in Australia, equipped with a simultaneous interpreting booth that meets United Nations standards.

Practicals will introduce you to, and involve you in, active translation and interpreting tasks within specific settings. You'll learn under the supervision of the program convenor, experienced translators and interpreters, or a mentor.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5593
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$34800 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5593
CRICOS Code
082605C
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Get intensive training in translation from English into Chinese and vice versa, as well as interpreting between English and Mandarin.
  • Benefit from facilities that include United Nations-standard simultaneous interpreting booth.
  • Study translation and interpreting topics including health and medical care, business and trade, law, science and technology, tourism, politics and international relations.

1 in Queensland for modern languages

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

Students are required to do 100 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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Translation Skills and Practice
  • Interpreting Skills & Practice
  • Contextual Studies for Translators & Interpreters
  • Legal Interpreting and Translation

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 2, 2021, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options for students who can't attend in person. Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Chinese translator/interpreter
  • International business translator/interpreter
  • Interpreter
  • Legal translator/interpreter
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Medical translator/interpreter

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or
  • to have successfully completed at least 3 years of study towards an approved qualification at an overseas partner institution, with a formal pathway to the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting; and
  • proficiency in spoken and written Chinese and English.

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or
  • to have successfully completed at least 3 years of study towards an approved qualification at an overseas partner institution, with a formal pathway to the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting; and
  • proficiency in spoken and written Chinese and English.

Related programs

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Additional application information

Additional application information

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $34,800

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $25,040

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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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.

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Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

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