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Translation studies


Monash Arts is renowned for innovative, engaging and high quality research in the humanities and social sciences and Arts Graduate Research is committed to providing graduate research education of the highest quality in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment.

A PhD offered in Translation Studies takes the form of the Monash Doctoral Program – a PhD for the 21st century. At the core of the program is an extensive, independent research project on an agreed topic, supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors. This is enhanced by professional development activities or coursework units that provide you with the skills required to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community.

Monash University is currently a national leader in the field of Interpreting and Translation. It is the first and only Australian university to gain a full membership of CIUTI (Conférence Internationale d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes), limited to institutions that meet internationally recognised standards. It is also one of the only courses in Australia endorsed at the Professional Interpreter, Professional Translator and Conference Interpreter levels by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
  • 4 years (full time)
  • 8 years (part time)
Start date Throughout the year
Qualification Doctor of Philosophy (Translation Studies)
Course Handbook

This course is the first of its kind in Australia. Translation Studies at Monash adopts an interdisciplinary approach ad introduces students to the methodologies of practice as research.

Your degree will consist of three components, supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors, with total written work not exceeding 80,000 words:

  • Practical (creative work) component
  • Research and exegesis
  • Professional development

Practical component

For this component, you can create a body of translated work of not less than 40,000 words, constitutes from:

  • a novel or a group of short stories;
  • a play or a group of plays
  • a sequence of poems (book length); or
  • a portfolio of works of various genres

Research and exegesis

Your exegesis will be a written critical commentary of not less than 35,000 words. It will provide a theoretically informed critical analysis of the translation project, addressing methodological and theoretical issues that arise during the translation.

Professional development

As part of the Monash Doctoral Program, you're offered a PhD that prepares you for success.

Your research project will be enhanced through the Monash Doctoral Program advanced training that equips you with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to:

  1. Complete your research project with excellence;
  2. Develop a broad range of skills and professional attributes, and;
  3. Make an impact in academia, industry, government or community after graduation.

It is a PhD designed to prepare graduates with the skills and capabilities sought by employers, giving you a competitive edge in an ever evolving employment market.

Read more about the Monash Doctoral Program

The PhD (Translation Studies) is offered in the Literary & Cultural Studies graduate research program.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.

See the Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.

See the Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.