Diploma of Interpreting

RMIT University

Program Description

Diploma of Interpreting

RMIT University

Diploma of Interpreting

Globalisation has resulted in increased contact between people from different language backgrounds. Interpreters provide a critical link in facilitating communication between those who do not share a common language.

This Diploma is your first step towards professional practice and is suited to bilinguals who have not yet reached the required level of language proficiency and general knowledge for the Advanced Diploma.

You’ll gain basic oral transfer skills for interpreting in general, professional and contextual settings, and choose elective units in legal and medical knowledge and terminology.

This program is now offered online so you can access your studies from anywhere in Australia. Please note that not all languages are available for online study.

RMIT is the leader in delivering interpreting programs, and places a strong emphasis on producing work-ready graduates who can specialise in many fields.

Program structure

You’ll complete 6 core courses and 4 elective courses.

This program introduces you to the profession of interpreting and will train you to:

  • analyse, recall and reproduce source language messages in the target language in a broad range of settings
  • apply effective linguistic transfer skills and discourse management strategies.

Through classes, workshops and guided group and individual learning activities, you will practise your interpreting skills and gain an appreciation of professional ethics and industry knowledge.

Japanese, Mandarin and Korean are only available for full-time study. All other languages are offered as full-time and part-time, subject to numbers.

Program entry requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary Diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Selection tasks

You are required to submit a completed Bilingual Test along with your application.

You must be at least 18 years of age on 1 January of the year of the application.

English language requirements

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 550 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 79 with a minimum of 19 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade C
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 50 (no band less than 42).
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 6, 2016
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Jan. 2017
6 months
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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