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Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Communication and Applied Translation

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Victoria University of Wellington

Summary

Advance your translation skills and learn about the crucial role of communication across languages and cultures. Get ready for a career in the growing language services industry and beyond.

Launch a career that breaks linguistic and cultural barriers

In a highly globalised and technology-saturated world, intercultural communication and practical translation skills are increasingly sought after by employers across all sectors.

Unique in Australasia, the 180-point Master of Intercultural Communication and Applied Translation will take your bilingual or multilingual skills to the next level and open doors to a career in the language services industry.

Build on your undergraduate degree or update your professional translator and interpreter experience. You’ll gain the theoretical and practical skills needed to be cross-culturally competent and learn how to apply this by communicating information across languages and cultures in a variety of professional settings.

Careers

Gain skills that are in demand across areas as diverse as biotechnology, the creative industries, health, information technology, international business, law and education.

You’ll be qualified to work in a range of roles in government and non-governmental organisations, translation agencies and cultural and diplomatic institutions.

The MICAT will also prepare you to complete professional certification as a translator or interpreter or provide a pathway to doctoral study.

Programme requirements

For this subject you'll need to:

Complete 120 points

Include four courses:

Translation Theory and Practice: Global Cross-cultural Communication (FHSS 402)

Either Global Cultures in Context (FHSS 410) or, with the permission of the programme director, courses worth 30 points from the following:

  • Identity and World Politics (INTP 448)
  • Foundations of Linguistics for Advanced Study (LALS 401)
  • Special Topic: Organising Creative Industries (MGMT 409)
  • Mass Media and Popular Culture (MDIA 403)
  • Special Topic: Transnational Media Reception (MDIA 409)
  • Science Communication (SCIS 410)
  • Intercultural Communication in Professional Practice (LANG 403)

One further course from the following:

Advanced Language Directed Study (FHSS 401)

LANG 501

Or, with the permission of the programme director, courses worth 30 points from the following:

  • Identity and World Politics (INTP 448)
  • Foundations of Linguistics for Advanced Study (LALS 401)
  • Special Topic: Organising Creative Industries (MGMT 409)
  • Mass Media and Popular Culture (MDIA 403)
  • Special Topic: Transnational Media Reception (MDIA 409)
  • Science Communication (SCIS 410)

Entry criteria

A Bachelor's degree with at least a B average in a relevant subject

Advanced university study or equivalent ability in a language other than English

To be accepted by the programme director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadline - Trimester 1: 1 Dec.

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