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Translation studies


Monash Arts PhD is an unrivalled graduate research degree and Monash University is currently a national leader in the field of interpreting and translation. Our practice-based PhD (Translation studies) will give you the practical experience and opportunity to develop as a researcher and the professional tools needed to undertake translation work for professional purposes.

We are the first and only Australian university to gain a full membership of CIUTI, limited to institutions that meet internationally recognised standards. We are also one of the only PhD in Translation studies courses in Australia endorsed at the Professional Interpreter, Professional Translator and Conference Interpreter levels by NAATI. Our department enjoys an international reputation with scholars actively involved in the national and international translation and interpreting studies scene.

At the core of the PhD degree is the Arts Advantage PhD program. This consists of an extensive, independent research project supported by at least two expert academic supervisors, creating a body of translated work and a critical commentary of the translated pieces, and professional development units that provide you with the skills to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community.

What we offer in the Arts Advantage PhD program:

  • An innovative, customisable program that offers tailored industry, sector and professional development opportunities to support and realise your research and career ambitions.
  • Immersive research partnerships with world-renowned experts in our world-class facilities, amplifying your potential to make positive change in your field and in the world.
  • An unparalleled global footprint and a Guaranteed Mobility offer with our domestic and international partners, to connect you to local, national and international opportunities, expand your perspective and help you create the most relevant, influential and scaleable research outcomes.
  • Access to 120 hours of professional development training with a menu of options to sharpen and strengthen your research, leadership communication and collaboration skills.
  • Belonging to a tradition and network of the brightest research minds, leaders and peers in Australia and internationally, providing the reputation and networks that will enhance and propel your work.
  • Your work will be housed alongside our world-renowned research centres such as the Gender, Peace and Security, Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and Monash Migration and Monash Inclusion Centre.

This customisable, innovative program is specially designed for PhD candidates who want to pioneer the change-making research in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences that will make our world a better place for all.

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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)
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Doctor of Philosophy (Translation Studies)
Course Handbook

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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.

Your PhD in Translation studies degree will consist of three components, supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors:

Research & thesis

You will undertake research that will inform both your practical work and your thesis.

Based on your research and the subsequent practical component, your thesis 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.

Practical (creative work) component

You will create a body of translated work of not less than 40,000 words. Your piece of translation can be constituted from:

  • a novel or a group of short stories;
  • a play or a group of plays;
  • a sequence of poems; or
  • a portfolio of works of various genres.

The total word count of the two written components should not exceed 80,000 words.

Professional development

As well as the research and practical components, you will also complete a series of professional development activities relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills to support you in your future career.

Visit the Faculty of Arts Graduate Research Website.

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 costs and fees

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