Translation Studies

PhD in Translation Studies

The Translation Studies Graduate Programme attracts a wide array of PhD students working on interdisciplinary topics including translation studies.

PhD studies can be done on a full time (normally three years) or part-time basis (normally six years).

Admission criteria

Candidates applying for the PhD in Translation Studies at the University of Edinburgh should hold a postgraduate degree in translation studies (or another relevant subject), completed at distinction or equivalent level (such as First Class or Excellent band).

They should present a sound research proposal and should ideally work on a topic within the specific expertise of the staff members.  Applicants are requested to send their research proposal to us in advance of making a formal application.

English language requirements

Where appropriate, an English language test score of 7.0 on the IELTS test score, with no less than 6.5 in every section, (or an equivalent) will be required, as will native speaker competence in the relevant language(s) other than English.


You can apply online for the PhD in Translation Studies:


The Translation Studies Graduate Programme has a successful track record of scholarships, including several AHRC Awards and awards from other external bodies, especially at the PhD level, as well as university-based scholarships and awards to both home and overseas students.

Student profiles

Find out about the work of some of our current and previous PhD students in our student profiles section: