Philosophy (Translation Studies)


Note Please note: This information is based on the 2015 course. We are in the process of updating for 2016, and the information will be available shortly.

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At a glance

For students looking to begin study in 2016.

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration: 4 years (full time), 8 years (part time)
Start date: Throughout the year
Qualification: Doctor of Philosophy (Translation Studies)

Information about fees


This PhD program offered in the Faculty of Arts enables you to complete extensive, independent research on your agreed chosen topic, while supported by a minimum of two academic supervisors in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment.

The PhD in Translation Studies offered at Monash University is the first of its kind in Australia. Translation Studies at Monash adopts an interdisciplinary approach and introduces candidates to the methodologies of practice as research. While its focus is on the theory and practice of translation, it draws upon a wide variety of fields including language, culture and literary studies, linguistics, semiotics, media and technology, science, finance and the law.

You will submit a thesis component consisting of a body of translated work (no less than 40,000 words) together with a critical exegesis.  The main languages available are, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The following languages are subject to staff availability: Arabic, Croatian, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian.

Along with the research component, you will also complete a series of research training activities or coursework to support your research focus from the Literary and cultural studies PhD program. These discipline-specific and professional development activities are designed to impart skills and knowledge that will assist you in conducting your research.

Career opportunities

This course will be of interest to professionals working as interpreters and translators who wish to improve their skills and acquire advanced research abilities at the highest level of the profession. This course will also be of interest to language and literature graduates wishing to further develop communicative, imaginative and critical abilities related to creative forms of translation.

Graduates with a PhD in Translation Studies find work across a range of sectors including multinational companies, the public service, international non-government organisations such as the United Nations, academia, publishing and creative industries.

Speciality course

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Translation Studies) will require one of the following qualifications in translation studies, literary or cultural and intercultural studies:

  • a four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above) - normally with a research component in the fourth year; or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum Distinction (a mark of 70 or above), and a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 4080

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

Fees to be advised.

Research Training Scheme (RTS)

RTS places are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Note: Fees for courses offered in Malaysia and South Africa will differ from those shown here.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

For more information visit the faculty website