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Master of Arts in Japanese Interpreting and Translation

Overview

Equip yourself with the necessary knowledge, tools and foundations for employment as a professional interpreter and/or translator.

The Master of Arts in Japanese Interpreting and Translation (MAJIT) is Australia’s leader in Japanese interpreting and translation. This program is one of only two in Australia to be listed on the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC) Schools and Programmes Directory.

It covers four broad, interlinked areas of study: theoretical and practical training in interpreting techniques; theoretical and practical training in translation techniques; training in ancillary skills such as public speaking and job-specific research; and training in professional areas such as ethics and business skills.

You'll have access to one of the top facilities in Australia, with the same simultaneous interpreting equipment used in the UN. All materials covered in interpreting classes are authentic and cover a range of subjects likely to arise in a real conference interpreting setting. Materials in translation classes also cover a range of subjects, including highly specialised areas of legal and medical translation.

In the MAJIT program, you'll study both interpreting and translation, as the skills learned in one complement the other. You'll study translation into your native language (English or Japanese) only, and interpreting (consecutive and simultaneous) in both directions.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5207
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$34800 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5207
CRICOS Code
013035D
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at the only interpreting and translation program in Australia focusing solely on Japanese and English.
  • Enjoy access to one of the top interpreter training facilities in Australia, with the same equipment used in the United Nations.
  • Develop advanced linguistic competence in both Japanese and English, and be trained to work in specialised fields as a conference interpreter and advanced translator.

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.

  • Seminars
  • Workshops

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:

  • Public Speaking
  • Advanced Textual Skills
  • Applied Translation
  • Consecutive Interpreting into English

Career possibilities

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

  • Conference translator/interpreter
  • International business translator/interpreter
  • Foreign affairs and trade official
  • Medical translator/interpreter
  • Legal translator/interpreter
  • Interpreter
  • Japanese cultural adviser
  • Japanese interpreter
  • Japanese translator

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).
  • NAATI accreditation at Conference Interpreter and Advanced Translator level (formerly NAATI Level 4)

Program accreditation

The Master of Arts in Japanese Interpreting and Translation is accredited by:

  • National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or
  • both a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Japanese Interpreting plus a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Japanese Translation, or
  • a Graduate Diploma in Japanese Interpreting and Translation, and
  • to have completed an aptitude test in spoken and written Japanese and English (see below).
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
Relevant work experience includes work in:
  • Japanese-English interpreting, or
  • any other profession where you¿ve built a portfolio demonstrating your oral communication expertise in Japanese and English.

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or
  • both a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Japanese Interpreting plus a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Japanese Translation, or
  • a Graduate Diploma in Japanese Interpreting and Translation, and
  • to have completed an aptitude test in spoken and written Japanese and English (see below).
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
Relevant work experience includes work in:
  • Japanese-English interpreting, or
  • any other profession where you¿ve built a portfolio demonstrating your oral communication expertise in Japanese 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

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Arts in Japanese Interpreting and Translation 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 Japanese Interpreting and Translation 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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AUD $25,040

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Arts in Japanese Interpreting and Translation 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.

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Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.

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 Japanese Interpreting and Translation 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:

  • Late applications may be considered.
  • 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 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • Late applications may be considered.

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

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