Postgraduate study

Translation Studies PhD

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

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.

A UK masters degree with distinction (first class or excellent), or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PhDTranslation Studies3 YearsFull-timeTuition fees
PhDTranslation Studies6 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Graduate School
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • Room 1.13, 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH
Programme start date Application deadline
13 January 2020 30 November 2019

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

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