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A Master of Translation will equip you with the highly-developed analytical and communication skills in English and a language of focus that you need to succeed in professional translation. It is designed to provide students with a focused qualification in the practice of translation, along with an understanding of the history of translation and an appreciation of a number of critical issues in the field.

The program focuses on training you to become a qualified literary translator, but also provides an understanding of the history of translation and an appreciation of critical issues in the field.

The ANU is home to a team of world renowned academics with the greatest variety of specialised language expertise available in Australia and is the ideal location for your study of translation.


Available in Translation between English and: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Modern and Classical), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese.

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The deep understanding of languages and how to translate them not only leads students to careers as professional translators (including literary translators) and interpreters, but also provides an excellent foundation for other careers, including editing and education.

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“I was lucky that my study and my work complimented each other.” 

Joanna Tan, Master of Translation

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The ANU lecturers and guest lecturers have widened my horizons, and they have left a deep impression on me through their rigorous scholarship and deep understanding of relevant subjects

Zixian, Master of Translation

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