Put your passion for Translation into practice with our 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.
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.
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 Practice-Based PhD on campus or by distance learning. Our distance learning website contains useful information, including frequently asked questions, student experiences and details of the funded visit to Birmingham.
Why Study this Course?
World-leading research: In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, 75% of research at the University of Birmingham for Modern Languages and Linguistics was judged to be ‘world leading' or ‘internationally excellent'. We also have a strong track record of supporting practice-based research within the Department, as well as in the wider College
Employability skills: Translation skills are highly sought after in an increasingly global employment market. You will be an expert in this field, but also develop a range of transferable skills including the ability to gather and interpret information, organisational and communication skills and the ability to work well with others, while cultural awareness and foreign language skills are highly sought after by employers.
Community: We have a lively programme of translation-related events at Birmingham, and we also have strong connections to the international translation community. We are a corporate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Our staff are active members of the European Society for Translation Studies and the International Association of Translation and Interpreting and we are also a partner in the ARTIS initiative (Advancing Research in Translation & Interpreting) and IPCITI (International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting)
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
UK/EU: £4,380 full-time; £2,190 part-time*
International: £17,880 full-time; £8,940 part-time
The same fees apply to both campus-based and distance learning study. The distance learning programme fee also includes a fully-funded visit to campus for each full year of the programme.
The above fees quoted are for one year only; for those studying over two or more years, tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.
* For UK/EU postgraduate research students the University fee level is set at Research Council rates and as such is subject to change. The final fee will be announced by Research Councils UK in spring 2020.
The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10
Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)Click here to see the results for all UK universities