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Department of Linguistics

Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting (Specialisations in Interpreting Studies or Translation Studies)


The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting is to provide proficient bilinguals with the core linguistic, technical and professional skills, knowledge and capabilities to work as translators or interpreters. The goal of the program is for graduates to be critically reflective practitioners, with solid practical skills. Students can choose to study a translating or interpreting. All students are provided with a foundation of theory in translation and interpreting, with a strong focus on the application of theory to practical skills development. Students also have the opportunity to select from specialist courses in business, medical and legal translation and 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 translating or interpreting
  • Utilise different interpreting techniques and strategies
  • Conduct self and peer analysis and critique of sight translations, translations, or consecutive and dialogue interpretations
  • Discuss the role of the translator/interpreter in specific contexts
  • Define ethical and professional translation/interpreting practice
  • Apply linguistic analysis in discussion of translating and interpreting


Sem 1: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and Korean

Sem 2: Chinese (Mandarin)

On-Campus only


Full time - one year;
Part-time - two years (local students only)


Dr Izumi Inoue

Admission requirements:

An appropriate undergraduate degree - BA or equivalent with GPA 2.5 out of 4.0 is a requirement for all students. Students whose first language is not English must have IELTS (Academic) 7.00 with a minimum score of 6.5 in all bands or TOEFL 600 or iTOEFL 100 or an equivalent test recognised in Australia. Students with a lower level of English may enrol in the Translation and Interpreting Preparatory Program (TIPP). Students who have completed all their primary and high school education within Australian schools are deemed to have met the English language proficiency levels and would not be required to sit an IELTS exam.

Students who do not have a bachelor degree will be also considered provided they have a NAATI paraprofessional accreditation in translation or interpreting with working experience.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting is a course designed to meet the needs of those who have good linguistic skills and are seeking to develop professionally as translators and interpreters. The program is offered in a number of languages depending on demand and resources. Chinese, Japanese and Korean are currently available. Local students (those who have permanent residence in Australia) may enroll full-time or part-time. Due to Australian immigration regulations, international students can only enrol full-time.

Please note: There is a professional practice unit for both translation and interpreting in this program. The practicum will introduce students to aspects of professional practice. Please follow the link to the professional practice page for more information.

Course Structure:

Details of the course structure are contained in the Macquarie University Handbook.

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