Translation and Interpreting PhD

Why choose this course?

The School of Literature and Languages is home to the Centre for Translation Studies (CTS), a well-established specialist research centre dedicated to teaching, scholarship and research in translation studies. Since our founding in 1982, we’ve established an international reputation for both our research and our innovative taught programmes. Our scholars are actively involved in the national and international translation and interpreting studies scene.

Our research reflects the evolving nature of the discipline, encompassing new technologies, audio description, sociological perspectives on translation and innovative practices in interpreting.

You’ll benefit from excellent facilities, including specialist software to support corpus-based analysis, subtitling, computer-assisted translation and terminography and audio-description. We’re also home to state-of-the-art interpreting facilities with integrated videoconferencing.

You will be part of the interdisciplinary School of Literature and Languages, with research active staff in English Literature, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Translation Studies, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics and Literary and Area Studies.

You’ll join a cosmopolitan, multilingual and multicultural community of students and scholars, and we see our research students as being a core part of the School.

Our translation studies team has been awarded more than £600,000 of external research funding since 2012. We’re part of a number of externally funded doctoral training partnerships, and you might be able to benefit from a studentship from us if you’re suitably qualified.

What you will study

It normally takes three-years of full-time study or six years of part-time study to complete our PhD in Translation and Interpreting. You’ll take a confirmation viva at 12-15 months (or 24-30 months part-time) and then be assessed by a thesis and viva examination.

You’ll be assigned two supervisors, who you’ll meet with monthly to discuss your progress. Your supervisors will guide you through your PhD, and will give you feedback and advice on your work.

As a doctoral student in the School of Literatures and Languages, you’ll receive a structured training programme covering the practical aspects of being a researcher, including grant writing, publishing in journals, and applying for academic jobs.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PhD Full-time 48 months January
PhD Full-time 48 months April
PhD Full-time 48 months July
PhD Full-time 48 months October
PhD Part-time 96 months January
PhD Part-time 96 months April
PhD Part-time 96 months July
PhD Part-time 96 months October
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Our students

  • Yidi Zhang, MA Translation

    "I feel like I’ve changed for the better since I started studying at Surrey - I'm constantly learning new things and I’ve met some amazing people, too."

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  • Gloria Trasatti, MA Interpreting

    "If you love travelling, you can take advantage of the perfect geographical position of Guildford. Surrey’s societies play a great role in university life, they offer a wide range of activities and new experiences."

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  • Erasmus Susana Szegedi

    I loved studying from native speakers and professional translators and interpreters.

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Research themes

  • Translation technologies, i.e. machine-assisted and corpus-based translation
  • Interpreting technologies, esp. video-mediated interpreting, distance/remote interpreting
  • Translation process research
  • Bilingual lexicography
  • Audiovisual translation incl. subtitling, audio description, re-speaking and other modalities
  • Translation and interpreting as multimodal activities
  • Translation and interpreting in the context of migration
  • Dialogue interpreting
  • Legal and healthcare interpreting
  • Sociological approaches to translation
  • Humour in translation 

Our academic staff

See a full list of all our academic staff within the School of Literature and Languages.

Research facilities

You’ll be allocated desk space within the School of Literature and Languages, and you’ll also be able to take advantage of our common rooms for socialising and networking with other students and staff.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a good Bachelors degree and/or Masters degree (2:1 or equivalent) in translation studies (translation, audiovisual translation, interpreting. For other topics, a good Bachelors degree and an MA in a relevant topic is required.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category and at least 7.0 in the writing component.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time January To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full-time April To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full-time July To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full-time October To be confirmed £16,000
Part-time January To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part-time April To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part-time July To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part-time October To be confirmed £8,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Funding and studentships

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Studentship

Supervisor(s) To be confirmed
Application deadline 18 March 2018

TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership

Supervisor(s) To be confirmed
Funding Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Application deadline 28 January 2018
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Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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