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Translation Studies - Postgraduate Research Opportunities


  School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

 Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

About the Programme

Join a stimulating research culture within the Department of Modern Languages, and benefit from our dedicated facilities for Translation Studies research including access to specialist software and an excellent collection of library resources, including e-resources.

We offer our PhD/MA by Research in Translation Studies. The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a thesis of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice under the expert guidance of an academic member of staff. The PhD, the most advanced research degree, comprises of a thesis of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice, again under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.

We also offer a Practice-Based PhD. This new programme brings together our expertise in Translation Studies and supervising practice-based research to support you in producing a significant work of translation supported by a critical commentary.

On the practice-based programme, you will translate a source text of 18,000-50,000 words supported by a critical document of no fewer than 50,000 words. Potential source texts include both literary genres (novels, prose, short stories, screenplays, stage plays, poetry) and non-literary ones (e.g. semi-specialised scientific writing).

You can study our Translation Studies programmes on campus or by distance learning. Our distance learning website contains useful information, including frequently asked questions, student experiences and details of the visit to Birmingham.

Research interests of staff include:

Translation Studies is part of the Department of Modern Languages, which fosters an interconnected vision of Modern Languages and our research explores how the study of languages, discourses, and cultures challenges how we understand and experience the world. Our research expertise in Translation Studies covers a wide range of genres, both literary and non-literary, and we have considerable experience as practising translators.

For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the 'Research' tab on each programme's webpage.

Funding Notes

Please visit the College of Arts and Law funding page for information on possible funding opportunities: View Website


Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.

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