Join a stimulating research culture within the Department of Modern Languages, and benefit from University of Birmingham's dedicated facilities for Translation Studies Practice-Based research including access to specialist software and an excellent collection of library resources, including e-resources.
Why Study this Course?
- World-leading research: In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, 75% of research at the University of Birmingham for Modern Languages and Linguistics was judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. We also have a strong track record of supporting practice-based research within the Department, as well as in the wider College
- Employability skills: Translation skills are highly sought after in an increasingly global employment market. You will be an expert in this field, but also develop a range of transferable skills including the ability to gather and interpret information, organisational and communication skills and the ability to work well with others, while cultural awareness and foreign language skills are highly sought after by employers.
- Community: We have a lively programme of translation-related events at Birmingham, and we also have strong connections to the international translation community. We are a corporate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Our staff are active members of the European Society for Translation Studies and the International Association of Translation and Interpreting and we are also a partner in the ARTIS initiative (Advancing Research in Translation & Interpreting) and IPCITI (International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting). We have hosted an annual Translation Studies Research Forum featuring a guest lecture by a distinguished scholar and there continues to be a lively programme of translation-related events.
We have considerable experience as practising translators. Members of staff in the Department have published a number of literary translations: from poetry and short stories from Persia, Georgia and Russia, to Latin American Golden Age comedies, to novels and short stories by Spanish, Colombian, Ecuadorian and Mexican authors. Our research expertise covers a wide range of genres, both literary and non-literary.
Please contact a staff member working in your area of interest to discuss your research in the first instance.
- Find a supervisor: Translation Studies staff research supervision areas
The postgraduate experience
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On the practice-based programme, you will translate a source text of 18,000-50,000 words that is of significant, publishable quality. This will be supported by a critical commentary on your translation project of no fewer than 50,000 words, which is informed by rigorous research and will discuss, where relevant, critical and creative processes.
Potential source texts include both literary genres (e.g. novels, prose, short stories, screenplays, stage plays, poetry) and non-literary ones (e.g. memoirs/correspondence, academic texts, semi-specialised scientific writing).
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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Flexible – September or January encouraged
DisciplinesLanguages Translation & Interpreting Linguistics View 82 other PhDs in Linguistics in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK, usually in a relevant area.
- Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent), usually in a relevant area.
- Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.
- If you are applying for distance learning research programmes, you will also be required to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study by distance learning.
- If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated here, please contact the admissions tutor.
International18810 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18810 GBP per year during 36 months.
EU/EEA4500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.
Living costs for Birmingham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate funding database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.Postgraduate loans
Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. For those starting courses after 1 August 2020, loans are available of up to £11,222 for Masters by Research students and up to £26,445 for PhD students, in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
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