MC167 - Master of Social Science (Translating and Interpreting Studies)

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Plan: MC167 - Master of Social Science (Translating and Interpreting Studies)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Objectives of the program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Social Science (Translating and Interpreting Studies)
Award abbreviation: MSocSc(Trans&InterpSt)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 3 semesters full time, 6 semesters part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global Studies, Social Science and Planning (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 091519
CRICOS code: 061186B

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Objectives of the program

The overall objectives of the program are to meet the needs of the translating and interpreting profession both in Australia and abroad.  The program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your translating and or interpreting skills and qualifications to specialise in interpreting and or translating in a range of industry contexts. 

The program will provide you with:

  • Relevant professional and theoretical knowledge and skills of translating and interpreting
  • Research skills
  • A nationally recognised accredited* translating and interpreting qualification as a professional Translator and/or Interpreter (*subject to meeting the accreditation requirements)
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Articulation and pathways

There are two early exit points (GC137 Graduate Certificate and GD168 Graduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting) but it is anticipated that most students will complete the Masters program.

If you have completed the C6067 RMIT Advanced Diploma (or equivalent from another institution),  and have demonstrated sufficient academic skills in the Advanced Diploma, you may be considered for credit in the Graduate Certificate component and complete the Masters in two further semesters of study.

Source ProgramOwning schoolCredit towards this program Academic requirement for entryTerms of entry (guaranteed place, merit, etc)Date of agreement & expiry
C6067 Advanced Diploma of Translating & Interpreting (or equivalent from another institution)Global Studies, Social Science and PlanningAssessed on a case by case basisUp to One semesterMust be a graduate, plus passing of Advanced Diploma of T&I and NAATI accreditationGuaranteed, but those with borderline academic results may be advised not to continue with MastersContinuing


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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Applicants with significant relevant work experience may also be considered.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements: Applicants must sit an intake test.

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External accreditation and industry links

The MC167 Master of Social Science (Translating and Interpreting Studies) has links with NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) NAATI is the national accreditation authority for translators and interpreters in Australia and provides RMIT (and other Australian tertiary institutes) approval in courses in T&I. It also has an international reputation, accrediting practitioners in off-shore testing programs in several Asian/Pacific countries.

By selecting appropriate studies and successfully completing them at the required standard, graduates of the MC167 Master of Social Science (Translating and Interpreting) program may be eligible to be recommended for NAATI accreditation as a Professional Interpreter and/or Translator.

The following courses must be completed satisfactorily as well as successful completion of the Masters program:

 - LANG1220 Theoretical Bases of Translating and Interpreting
 - LANG1221 Ethics and Professional Issues
 - LANG1219 Discourse Studies for Translators and Interpreters
 - LANG1223 Advanced Theory of Translating and Interpreting
 - LANG1230 Research Methods in Translating and Interpreting
 - LANG1231 Extended Professional Project

AND a sequence of NAATI accreditation courses (1 & 2) in Translating and/or Interpreting.

Accreditation is awarded based on a grade of at least 70% in the final examination at the end of the course LANG1225 Translation Accrediting Practice 2, and/or LANG1238 Interpreting Accrediting Practice 2.

The Extended Professional Project includes a period of mentorship with a professional translator or interpreter (either in a group or individual setting) to prepare you for professional practice.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content:
You may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

In addition the RMIT T&I program has built up a significant stock of resources for teaching purposes, including

  • A bank of digitally recoded dialogues in a range of languages for interpreting practice and discourse analysis
  • An extensive collection of translation texts across a range of contexts suitable for both theoretical and linguistic analysis, and as translation exercises
  • Dedicated materials for contextual studies covering the various areas of T&I work

Computing facilities in a dedicated digital T&I/language laboratory are available for teaching purposes, particularly for the course Translation and Technology, and for your individual practice and study. This facility is also available for simultaneous interpreting practice.

RMIT also provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist you in finding a good balance between study and other aspects of your life and well being so you can achieve your study and career goals. You can take advantage of a wide range of services which are available face-to-face and online at;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant learning if you have special needs
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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