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Translation and Interpreting Studies

The Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies offers postgraduate degrees. These allow students to gain the expertise needed to work in all areas pertaining language practice, including translation and interpreting. In our department, students can build on their undergraduate knowledge in languages, literatures, cultures and other neighbouring disciplines to become fully-qualified translators and interpreters.

Alongside the practical training offered, students also become acquainted with the academic disciplines of language practice, covering a range of fields.


Translation students are exposed to a variety of texts in fields ranging from law and finance to literature and the media. Graduates are well prepared to respond to the dynamic translation market and have a keen understanding of research in the field.


Interpreting students are exposed to the theoretical foundations of interpreting and to a variety of interpreting contexts. They are trained by international, experienced interpreters in order to equip them for the demands of the profession.

Undergraduate courses

Translation Methods and Practice (undergraduate module TRAN3006A)

This is a semester-long module aimed at undergraduates who have an interest in investigating the field of translation and interpreting. The course is designed to introduce students to the area and give them an opportunity to try their hand at translation and interpreting. Wits undergraduates (BA General), as well as external students, can take this module.

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