Australian universities have a well-deserved reputation for their excellent courses and qualifications. Are you are looking to get a foothold on the translating and interpreting career ladder and have already had experience as a translator or interpreter in your own country? Are you already qualified with a translating & interpreting Bachelor’s Degree in Australia or an equivalent elsewhere? Then you may be able to apply for a Master’s Degree course at one of Australia’s state universities that offer this type of course.
The first step is to do an internet search of the main Australian universities to find out which ones offer such a course. When you have made a list of which universities provide a course in translation & interpreting (or separate translation and interpreting courses), make a note as to the academic, work experience and other personal requirements. Masters degrees tend to be aimed at those people who already have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and have achieved a satisfactory pass grade. However, there are exceptions for some Masters courses, translating and interpreting being one of them.
There is a lot more than just working out whether you are qualified to apply to an Australian university Masters Degree course. You will want to know how much it will cost and what the cost of living in Australia will be in the city where the university is located is going to be. You will also want to know what the immigration requirements are for you and your family if you have one and are thinking of them accompanying you to Australia.
Most university based Masters Degree courses in translating & interpreting are designed for those who already have well developed bilingual or multilingual skills and wish to pursue their career further. Programs tend to focus on providing specialised knowledge of the current issues in the translating & interpreting field, including exposure to advanced theoretical approaches and the use of innovative applications in communications technology which is able to be used in supporting translation and interpreting.
The translation & interpreting industry is going through a period of expansion and rapid change associated with huge advances in communications technology and ongoing globalisation. Masters Degree courses in this subject are designed to make qualified postgraduates ready for this fluid and dynamic industry.
Most Masters courses tend to be quite flexible and you can choose either a part time approach or a full time one which can fit your own personal preferences. There is usually a 3 year maximum for these courses.