Interpreting and Translation Studies - A6007

Interpreting and Translation Studies

Professional entry master degree

Would you like to become a translator or interpreter? The Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies will develop your skills in translation and interpreting in English and another language, with an understanding of both practice and theory.

Not only is our course endorsed at the (Certified Translator, Certified Advanced Translator, Certified Interpreter, Certified Specialist Interpreter (Legal), Certified Specialist Interpreter (Health), and Certified Conference Interpreter levels by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI); Monash is the first university in Australia to be a member of the Conference Internationale d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interpretes (CIUTI), the world's oldest and most prestigious international association of tertiary institutions offering degrees in translation and interpreting.

Aimed at students with advanced bilingual proficiency, the course offers a foundation in the theories of translation and interpreting, as well as training in research in the field. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to conceptualise translation and interpreting studies as an academic discipline in its historical, cross-disciplinary and intercultural contexts.

There are two specialisations available in the course:

Translation (offered for Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish), and Interpreting and translation (offered for Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish). Through professional internships, you will gain real-world experience, pick up useful skills to prepare for the transition from university to the workplace, and build professional networks, improving your graduate employability prospects. Participating employers and industry partners may become a useful recruitment resource for graduates of the program.

This degree is also available in a double degree course with Jean Moulin Lyon III (France), with Kobe City University of Foreign Studies (Japan), with Southeast University (China) and with University of Bologna (Italy). In each case you will study one year in Australia and one year in the country of the partner university; and in each case you will receive two master's degrees, one from each university. (Note that the double degree with Southeast University is only available for enrolment in China). Visit the double degree page for further information.

This course provides an academic qualification for those intending to pursue careers as professional interpreters and translators working in a broad range of fields, such as business, law, science, technology, and cross-cultural communication, or as conference interpreters in international conferences or diplomatic meetings. Translation qualifications can also open the door to any language or communication-related area including publishing, editing, journalism, technical and other writing, or public relations.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time

Offshore international students can start this course by enrolling in on-campus mode and studying remotely while waiting to travel to Australia

1.75 or 2 years full-time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
Semester one, (February), Semester two (July) For Translation stream only.
Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies
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Professional Enhancement Program

PEP is tailor-made to equip you with career planning support and professional skills development. Integral to our Graduate Coursework programs, ranked Top 1% in the world, and taught by academic and industry experts.

Flexible study

On-campus and selected flexible online options available. Complete in as short as one year, or study part-time (domestic only). Choose from early evening classes and intensive several week block units – we have multiple options to suit you.

Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies

Our graduates and staff reveal where a Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies can take you.

Industry endorsement

The Master of Translation and Interpreting Studies has the highest level of industry accreditation available in Australia, with NAATI endorsement, CIUTI membership, and meeting the AIIC Training Criteria.

Translating on Antarctic life

Interpreting and Translation Studies Master’s student Gwladys Cannesson learns what is really involved in the job during an internship for global conservation organisation.

How to help animals while interning

Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies students Jade and Juliette have loved using their translating skills for international work on the environment and the conservation of endangered species.

Become professionally certified with NAATI

On completion of this endorsed course, students will be eligible to apply to sit their chosen certification tests through the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). NAATI is the standards setting body for translation and interpreting in Australia.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)



Entry level 1: 96 points to complete Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline including advanced bilingual proficiency* with at least credit (60%) average.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in any discipline including advanced bilingual proficiency* with at least credit (60%) average in both qualifications.

Entry level 2: 84 points to complete Duration: 1.75 years full-time, 3.5 years part-time.

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including advanced bilingual proficiency* with at least credit (60%) average.

*Note: The level of language competence should be the equivalent of at least three years post-VCE study.

Depending upon your prior qualifications and experience you may be eligible for entry credit which reduces the duration of the program.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in English translation or English interpretation.

For SEU students: An equivalent score in the National Master Unified Entrance Examination will be utilised in place of the required WAM score of an undergraduate degree.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

There are two streams in this course: Interpreting and Translation Stream and Translation Only Stream. The course comprises 96 points structured in four parts: Part A. Foundation study, Part B. Principal study, Part C. Applied study, and Part D. Specialist study.

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Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6007


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6007


For Translation stream only.

Self assess for credit eligibility

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


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)


Limited Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) are available in 2023. Find out more.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


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 costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.