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Translation Studies Practice-Based, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #87 (QS) Birmingham, United Kingdom| Online
Put your passion for Translation into practice with our Practice-Based PhD. This new programme brings together our expertise in Translation Studies and supervising practice-based research to support you in producing a original work of translation supported by a critical commentary. Join a stimulating research culture within the  Department of Modern Languages, and benefit from our dedicated facilities for Translation Studies research including access to specialist software and an excellent collection of library resources, including e-resources.
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Overview

Join a stimulating research culture within the  Department of Modern Languages, and benefit from our dedicated facilities for Translation Studies 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

The College of Arts and Law offers excellent support to its postgraduates, from libraries and research spaces, to careers support and funding opportunities. Learn more about your postgraduate experience.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Flexible – September or January encouraged

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

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).

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:

  • 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.

International students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries - use our handy guide below to see what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements: standard language requirements apply for this course - IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band. If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional Course - if you successfully complete the course, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without retaking a language qualification.

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 21 Listening, 22 Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced - minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Learn more about international entry requirements

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17880 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17880 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4380 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

  • UK/EU: £4,380 full-time; £2,190 part-time*
  • International: £17,880 full-time; £8,940 part-time

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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