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Department of Linguistics

Master of Conference Interpreting


The aim of the Master of Conference Interpreting is to enhance the qualifications and skills of practising interpreters who are accredited at NAATI Professional Interpreter level or have had interpreter training at an equivalent level and demonstrate high competence in results of an interpreting practical unit (e.g., completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting at Macquarie University with a grade of Distinction or above in TRAN822 Interpreting Practice). The goal of the program is for graduates to be critically reflective conference interpreting practitioners, with advanced academic and practical skills, knowledge and capabilities in simultaneous interpreting. All students are provided with a foundation of theory in conference interpreting, with application of theory to practical skills development in simulated conference settings and the development of academic research skills relevant to conference interpreting.


By the end of the program, graduates should expect to be able to:

  • Exhibit the Macquarie University graduate capabilities of self-awareness, interpersonal skills, communication and critical analysis skills, problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • Demonstrate advanced language skills for conference interpreting
  • Discuss the range of literature on conference interpreting research and practice
  • Apply T&I theory to practice of simultaneous interpreting
  • Conduct self and peer analysis and critique of interpretations
  • Discuss the role of the conference interpreter in specific contexts
  • Define ethical and professional conference interpreting practice
  • Apply linguistic analysis in discussion of conference interpreting
  • Harness research skills in conference interpreting work

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