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Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Translation Studies

Course code: 3082 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipTransSt ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

The course seeks to develop students' skills in translation to and from English and another language, and their awareness of practical and theoretical approaches to translation and translation studies. The main languages available are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Other languages may be available depending on student numbers. Students will be given a foundation in theories of translation and will also receive training in research on translation studies. Students in certain language streams, are eligible to be recommended for NAATI accreditation in translation if they meet the required pass level (70 per cent) in the examination component of the designated (*) unit. Please check the school web site for the languages to which this applies in any given year at

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students will complete 48 points over two semesters (full-time) or four semesters (part-time).

Semester one

  • TRN4030 Introduction to interpreting and translation studies (12 points)
  • TRN4040 Translation 1: Discourse analysis (12 points)

Semester two

  • TRN4050 Translation 2: Languages for special purposes*
  • TRN5202 Minor translation project (12 points)

Students who are enrolling in the Arabic stream will need to have their course of study approved by the course coordinator.

Exit points

Students may apply to exit the program after the successful completion of 24 points with a Graduate Certificate in Arts.


Students require a credit average in the graduate diploma program to transfer to the Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies by coursework.

Course coordinator

Dr Rita Wilson