Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The translation studies program is designed to provide an academic qualification for those intending to take up careers as professional translators working in a broad range of fields, such as business, science, technology, and cross-cultural communication, as well as those who wish to pursue careers in publishing, or the media. The flexible structure of courses in this area allows participation by working language professionals who wish to expand and enrich their knowledge or specialise in new areas.

Students develop skills in translation to and from English and another language, and their awareness of practical and theoretical approaches to translation and translation studies. Languages available include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish (refer also to the postgraduate area of study entries for these languages). Other languages may be available depending on student numbers.

An introduction to the field of translation studies is supplemented by a translation project and elective units that offer a wide range of choice, thus enabling student to work on topics tailored to their interests, whether they be vocational or theoretical/literary. Electives include a unit that focuses on the work of the professional translator.


For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

3921 Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies