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 provide you with an intellectual and philosophical perspective on the activity of translation, and to enhance your translation research or practice.

This diversity of research aims to produce self-reflective and theoretically minded researchers or translators.

Research topics

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

  • audiovisual translation
  • literary translation
  • translation and music
  • translation and the internet
  • performance and translation
  • translation and religion
  • trauma and translation
  • gender and translation
  • translation and health
  • translation and social movements

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
  • Danish
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Turkish

If your language is not listed, please contact us with a strong proposal including information as to why the University of Edinburgh is the best place for you to do your PhD.

If you wish to work with South Asian languages not listed here, please contact Dr Hephzibah Israel to find out whether joint supervision is available in the language of your choice through the Centre for South Asian Studies.

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

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • 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 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.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PhD3 YearsFull-timeTuition fees
PhD6 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
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH
Programme start date Application deadline
11 January 2021 30 November 2020

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.

You must submit two references with your application.

Pre-application guidance

Before you formally apply for this PhD, you should look at the pre-application information and guidance on the programme website.

This will help you decide if this programme is right for you, and help us gain a clearer picture of what you hope to achieve.

The guidance will also give you practical advice for writing your research proposal – one of the most important parts of your application.

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

Further information

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