Ph.D. On Campus

Translation and Interpreting

University of Surrey

48 months
17600 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The research in the Translation and Interpreting programme at the University of Surrey reflects the evolving nature of the discipline, encompassing human, machine-assisted and translation, novel modalities of audiovisual translation, and innovative practices in interpreting.


What you will study

At a time when increasing automation is reshaping the Language Services Industry into one of the fastest growing industries nationally and globally, the ‘technological turn’ in translation/interpreting has created a wealth of opportunities, but it requires fresh approaches to research in order to understand all dimensions of its impact, mitigate drawbacks and derive innovative solutions.

We are therefore particularly interested in PhD projects investigating how professional translators/interpreters interact with, and adapt to, emerging technological ecosystems, how this is changing professional practice and the products of this practice, and how human knowledge combined with natural language processing and machine learning approaches can help design sustainable technology-enhanced solutions in translation/interpreting.

It normally takes three years of full-time study or six years of part-time study to complete the Translation and Interpreting programme at the University of Surrey. You will take a confirmation viva at 12-15 months (or 24-30 months part-time) and will then be assessed by a thesis and viva examination.

You will be assigned two supervisors, who will guide you through your PhD,  meet with you monthly to discuss your progress, and give you feedback and advice on your work. You will also have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with other researchers from CTS and across the University who work on topics relevant to your research.

As a doctoral student in CTS, you will receive a structured training programme covering the practical aspects of being a researcher, including grant writing, publishing in journals, and applying for academic jobs.

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Translation technologies, incl. computer-assisted translation, translation memories, machine translation and post-editing
  • Interpreting technologies, esp. video-mediated interpreting, distance/remote interpreting
  • Audiovisual translation incl. subtitling, audio description, re-speaking and other modalities
  • Collaborative translation
  • Translation and natural language processing
  • Bilingual lexicography, corpora and translation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold a good Bachelors degree and/or Masters degree (2:1 or equivalent) in translation studies (translation, audiovisual translation, interpreting. For other topics, a good Bachelors degree and an MA in a relevant topic is required.
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category and at least 7.0 in the writing component.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17600 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,250
  • Overseas: £8,800

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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