Graduate Diploma in Interpreting

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipInterp

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1775.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 058260A

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or later.

The Graduate Diploma in Interpreting provides suitably qualified graduates with training in interpreting leading to accreditation by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) as professional interpreters (formerly known as Level 3). Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Interpreting can articulate into the Master of Arts Translation and Interpreting Studies. Credit is given for common units. The Graduate Certificate in Interpreting and Translation is available as an early exit point from this course. The Graduate Diploma in Interpreting Studies is also available as an exit award for students who do not complete Accreditation Studies, provided they complete any alternative PG 10 credit-point unit instead. Subject to demand, the following languages are available: Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Spanish.

  • Director of Academic Program - Associate Professor Robert Mailhammer

Study Mode
One year full-time or one and a half years part-time.

This course is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the Professional level (formerly Level 3). Eligibility for accreditation is triggered by the final examinations in the unit Accreditation Studies, in which students are required to pass* Interpreting with a minimum mark of 70 percent. This examination adheres to NAATI requirements. *Note: NAATI requires a minimum pass mark of 70 percent.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification in any discipline AND

Have native or near-native proficiency in one of the following languages: Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Spanish.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Autumn session

101695Introduction to Interpreting PG
101696Introduction to Translation PG
100916Legal Interpreting
101868Business Interpreting

Spring session

A7456Interpreting and Translation Professional Practicum (PG)
100922Medical Interpreting (PG)
102015Interpreting Skills (PG)
101482Accreditation Studies

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