Graduate Diploma in Interpreting (1775)

  • Approved Abbreviation: GradDipInterp
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1775
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 058260A

This program applies to students who commenced in 2020 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2018 to 2019 - Please refer to 1775.2 Graduate Diploma in Interpreting

For Commencement Year 2015 to 2017 - please refer to 1775.1 Graduate Diploma in Interpreting

The Graduate Diploma in Interpreting provides suitably qualified graduates with training in interpreting leading to eligibility to sit for certification by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the Certified Interpreter level. Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Interpreting can articulate into the Master of Arts Translation and Interpreting Studies. Credit is given for common subjects. The Graduate Certificate in Interpreting and Translation is available as an early exit point from this program. The Graduate Diploma in Interpreting Studies is also available as an exit award for students who do not complete LANG 7030 Preparation for NAATI Certification (PG), provided they complete any alternative Postgraduate 10 credit point subject instead. Subject to demand, the following languages are available: Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Peter Mauch

Early Exit

Students may exit this program on completion of 40 credit points with a 1602 Graduate Certificate in Interpreting and Translation

Study Mode

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

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Part Time Internal See above


This program is an Endorsed Qualification for the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the Certified Interpreter level (formerly Level 3). Students who wish to sit for NAATI Certification must pass the subject LANG 7030 Preparation for NAATI Certification (PG). Students who are unable to pass this subject will be able to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Interpreting Studies as an alternative exit, provided they pass an alternative subject of 10 credit points.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students


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, Vietnamese and Spanish.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. 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 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.

All other International applicants must apply directly to the 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.

Special Requirements NSW Health Legislative Pre-requisites 

To be eligible attend a health-related placement as part of the subject LANG7017 Interpreting & Translation Professional Practicum, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following:

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire program. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Subject

International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website

Program Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Autumn sessionCredit Points
LANG 7020 Introduction to Interpreting PG 10
LANG 7021 Introduction to Translation PG 10
LANG 7026 Legal Interpreting 10
LANG 7006 Business Interpreting 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LANG 7016 Interpreting Skills (PG) 10
LANG 7029 Medical Interpreting (PG) 10
LANG 7017 Interpreting and Translation Professional Practicum (PG) 10
LANG 7030 Preparation for NAATI Certification (PG) 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80