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The Conference Interpreting program at Macquarie University involves interpreting in the simultaneous and consecutive modes and advanced note-taking, while preserving the meaning, tone and nuance of the original speaker.

You'll learn how to undertake effective research to inform your interpreting in a range of high-level scientific, diplomatic and technical domains.

Key features

  • This course will prepare you for work as an advanced professional interpreter for international and bilateral conferences on a broad range of topics.
  • You'll enhance your domain-specific skills, learn to undertake research for the purpose of interpreting and broaden your linguistic knowledge.
  • You'll interpret in simulated conferences from the booths of our purpose-built conference interpreting laboratory.
  • You'll study in a dedicated conference interpreting course comprising eight core units of conference interpreting-related theory and practice.
  • This is the largest conference interpreting course offered at an Australian university.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this program will have many job opportunities. They will be qualified to work in the:

  • conference interpreting sector
  • community interpreting sector
  • publishing industry
  • education sector
  • government
  • legal sector
  • insurance companies
  • banking industry

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Translation Practice 
  • Interpreting Practice 
  • Introduction to Simultaneous Interpreting Theory and Practice 
  • Introduction to Translation and Interpreting 
  • Technology for Translating and Interpreting 
  • Mock Conference Interpreting and Research Project 
  • Communication Skills for Translators and Interpreters

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    International students: It is a good idea to apply at least two to three months before Session begins.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    160 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements


  • AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with a WAM of 65, and
  • Proficiency in one of the available languages, and
  • For students whose first language is English, completion of an admission assessment

Work Experience

Relevant work experience would be advantageous.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32500 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    27913 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27913 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Sydney

  • 1882 - 3550 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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