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Translation Studies

University of Nottingham

36 months
20000 GBP/year
4596 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Translation Studies programme of the University of Nottingham offers research degree supervision in all areas of Translation Studies, including historical linguistics and translation studies from the 18th century to the present.


About the Programme

We can offer expert supervision for projects involving English and the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Croatian
  • Dutch

Particular research strengths include:

  • audio-visual translation
  • cultural transfer
  • comparative cultural studies
  • translation during the Enlightenment and Romanticism
  • translation theory
  • translation of literary and philosophical texts
  • translation between Asian (especially Chinese) and Western contexts

We also welcome projects in the broad areas of post-colonial studies and transcultural and transnational studies.

Programme Structure

Assessment may be either through submission of a thesis (which should be not more than 100,000 for the case of PhD or 60,000 words in the case of MPhil), or through a combined extended translation and thesis option.

Recent theses include:

  • Translating English-language Christian-themed fiction in Taiwan
  • Non-localisation: a semiotic, economic and media investigation into Apple’s localisation strategy and its impact on Chinese translation traditions.
  • Translating early Soviet fiction: the impact of source text foreignisation on translation theory and practice: a case study of Evgenii Zamiatin and Andrei Platonov.
  • Supply-driven translation in a small nation context: Slovene literature in English 1991-2016.
  • Balancing education, training and the market: a comparative analysis of current curricula for Master's programmes in translation between English and Chinese in China and the UK.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants should apply as early as possible. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

UK students:

  • 2:1 (or international equivalent). We would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.

EU / International students:

  • 2:1 (or international equivalent) We would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject. Whilst no formal language qualifications are necessary, applicants would normally be expected to have the ability to translate proficiently between two languages, one of which must be English.
  • IELTS: 7.0 (6.5 in each element)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4596 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4596 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Nottingham

583 - 978 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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