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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting (MACTI)

Qualify as a professional Chinese translator and interpreter.

This two year intensive program will give you an understanding of theories and professional aspects of translation and interpreting and how to apply them in practice. Emphasis is placed on professional translation and interpreting from English into Chinese and vice versa, as well as interpreting between English and Mandarin.

By completing the Masters program you'll be qualified up to the first professional level specified by NAATI ( the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters).  You'll be trained in different areas including society, business and trade, law, science and technology, politics and international relations; and be expected to satisfactorily perform as a professional in related translation and interpreting situations.

The School of Languages and Cultures is a leader in the teaching of interpreting and translation. You'll have access to one of the top interpreter training facilities in Australia, equipped with a simultaneous interpreting booth constructed to United Nations standards.

Field practice will introduce you to, and involve you in, active translation and interpreting tasks within specific field settings and under the supervision of the program convenor, experienced translators and interpreters or a mentor assigned by the program convenor.

Program highlights

  • Get intensive training in translation from English into Chinese and vice versa, as well as interpreting between English and Mandarin.
  • Benefit from facilities that include United Nations-standard simultaneous interpreting booth.
  • Undertake valuable field practice in translation and interpreting.
  • Study translation and interpreting topics including health and medical care, business and trade, law, science and technology, tourism, politics and international relations.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Chinese translator/interpreter
  • International business translator/interpreter
  • Interpreter
  • Legal translator/interpreter
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Medical translator/interpreter

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field with a grade point average of 4.5, and proficiency in spoken and written Chinese and English.

  • Course Code: 082605C
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 02 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 69600 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: 100 AUD
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