Postgraduate study

Translation Studies

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Translation Studies

One of the most flexible translation studies programmes in the UK, our degree brings together the expertise of research-active staff from the various language units within the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures.

You will join what is arguably the most international research community within the School, using your research skills both to enhance your translation practice and to provide you with an intellectual and philosophical perspective on the activity of translation.

This diversity of research aims to produce self-reflective and theoretically minded translators, and puts you in touch with the requirements of the marketplace.

Our current research is wide-ranging, covering the following areas:

  • audiovisual translation
  • literary translation
  • translation and music
  • translation and the internet

You may choose to work with two languages, depending on whether they can be supported by the School’s research areas. Currently, these include:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

We are a partner in the International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting. Held each year in Edinburgh, Manchester or Dublin, the conference gives you the opportunity to present your work and learn from other researchers in the field.

We offer excellent opportunities in research networking that will benefit a future academic career. Alternatively, if your interest is in in-house or freelance translation, we can offer links with the translation market.

Our usual entrance requirement is a postgraduate degree with distinction or equivalent (First Class or Excellent), in a relevant subject.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • Graduate School
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • Room 1.13, 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit two references with your application.

In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, you should include a full, sound research proposal, ideally on a topic within the specific expertise of the staff members.

Before you apply, we strongly recommend that you discuss your research proposal by email with a prospective supervisor.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Graduate School
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • Room 1.13, 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH