Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting
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.
- UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Modern Languages (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
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.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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The MATI is made up of 180 points. Students complete 120 points of compulsory courses, including either research or a practical project and internship, and 60 points of optional courses completed at UC or abroad with a partner university (subject to availability of placements).
The programme will usually take 1 year to 18 months of full-time study, or up to 3 years part-time.
Students will be able to specialise in either Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, or te reo Māori languages in their degree.
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.
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).
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:
Students may be able to go onto Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in their chosen language, or in related subjects, such as Linguistics.
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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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Applied Translation and Interpreting.
For study planning help contact the Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies or the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800