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Postgraduate Certificate in Intercultural Communication and Applied Translation

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


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.

Programme requirements

For this subject you'll need to:

Complete 60 points from the following courses:

Advanced Language Directed Study (FHSS 401)

Translation Theory and Practice: Global Cross-cultural Communication (FHSS 402)
Global Cultures in Context (FHSS 410)
Intercultural Communication in Professional Practice (LANG 403)
LANG 501
Or, with the permission of the programme director, from:
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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