MA

Translation

Study mode:Full-time Languages: english Duration:2 years
Foreign:$ 26.1k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: May 30, 2021
StudyQA ranking:350

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The Master of Translation (MTran) program is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). The program aims to equip graduates with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work as competent and ethical translators in international and domestic settings. The areas of specialisation covered in the program are legal, medical, business, diplomacy and media. The program is staffed by leading researchers and practitioners in the field, students receive training that draws on the results of research and practical experience to ensure relevance and effectiveness. Academic content is complemented by professional practical experience where students are able to apply what was learned in class in real professional settings. The program is offered in the following language combinations, subject to student demand: English and Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

The program consists of theoretical and practical courses that complement each other. Theoretical courses cover the theories that can be directly applied to inform and improve practice. The results of the latest research form an integral part of the content of the program's courses. The practical courses apply the learning from the theoretical courses to the development of bilingual translation skills. In addition to the knowledge and skills of translation as a discipline and as a profession, students will also learn related academic and practical skills such as critical analysis, independent research and preparation, project management and team work - which are all related to the work of translators. Students will also learn about the different settings in which translators work, such as law, health, business, diplomacy and media. Teaching methods match the objectives of the program by combining lectures with practical tutorials and a variety of exercises where students actively participate. Students will be assessed through different tasks that target the varied skills and knowledge the courses aim to develop; these include authentic translation projects, critical self analysis of students' own performance, oral presentation, portfolio development, personal language enhancement projects, critical analysis of texts and academic essays. 

The program has a strong linguistic component which underpins the theoretical basis of the process and practice of translation. It offers a wide variety of language combinations not available at other institutions. The program combines theoretical lectures delivered in English with language-specific practical tutorials where the theories learned in the lectures are applied to the practice. It also provides students with a comprehensive practicum component.

MTran 1.5 year stream (B)

  1. Core Courses (48 UOC)
  2. Prescribed Elective Courses (24 UOC)

MTran 1 year stream (A)

  1. Core Courses (42 UOC)
  2. Prescribed Elective Courses (6 UOC)

ARTS5503 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC)
ARTS5505 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC)

These courses, ARTS5503 and ARTS5505, can be taken as additional courses but will not count towards your program.

For the 1.5 year stream (B)

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% and an advanced level of bilingual proficiency
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% plus one year relevant professional experience and an advanced level of bilingual proficiency
  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma* (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% and an advanced level of bilingual proficiency

For the 1 year stream (A)

  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma* (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% and an advanced level of bilingual proficiency
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65% plus one year relevant professional experience and an advanced level of bilingual proficiency

Relevant disciplines include:

  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Media, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing
  • Business, Economics, Commerce
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Languages
  • TESOL
  • Cognitive Science

Also 

  • IELTS Academic version only 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) 90 overall (min.23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test  (PBT) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
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