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Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting
Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting

Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Entry to the Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting requires at least a bachelor’s degree with good grades, or a bachelor’s degree with relevant professional work experience, or other qualifications of an equivalent standard.
  • Students will need to have completed at least 60 points at 300-level, with at least a B+ Grade Point Average, in either Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, or Te Reo Māori.
  • Students with English as an additional language are also required to provide evidence of their English language ability, with the equivalent of an IELTS (Academic) score of 7 overall, with no section less than 6.5.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 94, with at least 24 in reading, 27 in writing, 24 in listening and 23 speaking
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 185 with at least 185 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 65 and no PTE communicative skills score below 65

Course Information

The Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting (MATI) gives students advanced language, cultural, and communication skills to work as professional interpreters and translators.

The degree is highly practical, and includes the option to complete an internship organised by UC with agencies, government, or other organisations requiring translators and interpreters.

Students will also have the opportunity to study overseas for part of their degree for more in-depth language learning and immersion.

  • The only postgraduate translation studies degree in Te Waipounamu South Island.
  • The flexible courses in the degree offer practical training and applied language learning opportunities, with a variety of options in research, translation projects, computer-assisted translation, and internships.
  • Students can study abroad in their degree with one of UC’s partnership universities, many of which are leaders in translation and interpreting education, such as Moscow State University, University of Granada, and Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.
  • UC’s translation experts have a specialisation in crisis translation and interpreting during events such as natural disasters, which will also be explored in the degree.

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Students will be able to specialise in either Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, or te reo Māori languages in their degree.

Compulsory courses

  • LANC 401 In Other Words What? Theory and Practice of Translation

And one of either:

  • LANC 403 Translating in the Digital Era: Tools and Practices

  • LANC 404 Translating and Interpreting for the Community

Students can then choose to either complete a research course in their chosen language, or complete both an independent translation project and a practical work placement course.


  • LANC 406 Translation Research Project

Or both:

  • LANC 405 Translation Portfolio

  • PACE 495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship

Optional courses

In the second semester of the degree, students can choose to either complete coursework at UC, or study abroad at an overseas university in a country that predominantly speaks their chosen language (subject to availability of placements).

Either overseas:

  • LANC 407 Advanced Language Acquisition and Specialised Translation/Interpreting Study Abroad

Or at UC:

30 points from:

  • CHIN 401 Advanced Chinese Language Acquisition

  • CHIN 415 Specialised Chinese Translation

  • FREN 401 Advanced French

  • GRMN 401 German Language

  • JAPA 414 Advanced Japanese Language A (15 points)

  • JAPA 415 Advanced Japanese Language B (15 points)

  • RUSS 409 Russian Language

  • SPAN 412 Advanced Spanish Language

  • TREO 401 Te Ngao ki Hawaiki

Plus one of:

  • LING 400 English Structures

  • LING 615 World Englishes

  • TREO 401 Te Ngao ki Hawaiki

  • TREO 406 Special Topic: Ngā Tuhinga Tuaiho: Manuscripts in Māori

  • TREO 407 Waka Huia

  • WRIT 402 Professional Writing

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Advanced language studies give graduates an exciting variety of national and international career prospects.
  • Translation and interpreting skills are sought after in many industries, including media and entertainment, business, international relations, policy and diplomacy, publishing, tourism, marketing, teaching, and many more.

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Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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